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The prentice Hall NetEffect series encompasses training for specific business areas, such as learning skills, job skills, management skills, and technology soft skills. Courses are available in print, on CD-ROM, or over the Internet. For more information on the NetEffect series, go to

Developing Leadership Abilities teaches specific skills that matter most for those assuming a leadership role. Their step-by-step approach helps extend and refine leadership insights and techniques.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130917584
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: NetEffect Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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We have tried to write a book you will want to read. You should not have to accept boredom on your way to becoming a skilled leader.

To make sure that important points stand out, we have highlighted a series of 69. key insights as they occur in the chapters. To help you gather your thoughts, we have included a brief summary at the end of each chapter.

Above all, we have provided space from time to time in the book for you to record your own experiences, insights, impressions, and questions. These are the "Your Turn" features that distinguish this book from most on your shelf. We envision a partnership of sorts in which we do our best to express current, crucial ideas about leadership and you do your best to respond personally and meaningfully to these ideas. Out of such a partnership, we believe; comes the real value of this book: your opportunity for fast-track development as a leader.

We consider your purchase of this book a privileged invitation for us to participate, however briefly, in your growth as a leader. We accept that privilege with deep seriousness and have worked hard to deliver a book that will serve you well.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
1 Surprising Facts About Leaders 1
A Short Book on a Large Topic 2
What Is a Leader? 3
Room for Us All 4
Leadership as Service to Others 6
Where Do Leaders Come From? 7
A Menu of Choices for Leadership Development 8
2 Assessing Your Leadership Tendencies and Personality Traits 11
The Assessment 12
Your Score 18
3 Expressing Leadership Vision 21
Where Does Vision Come From? 22
Generating Ideas 24
The Personal Risks of Expressing a Vision 28
Visionary Actions 29
4 Leadership by Listening 33
The Art of Leadership Listening 35
Why Leaders Often Fail to Listen 40
Keys to Improved Listening 42
What Leaders Gain by Improved Listening 43
5 Leadership by Building Relationships and Teams 47
Set Aside the Easy Answers 48
Why Do Certain Types of People Bug You? 49
Making Leadership Sense Out of Personality Differences 52
Using Nonverbal Signals to Revolutionize Your Leadership Relationships 53
The Importance of Truthfulness for Leaders and Team Members 60
6 Leadership by Defining Problems and Reaching Solutions 67
Are You a Theory X or a Theory Y Leader? 68
Do You Practice Leadership by Getting Mad? 70
Do You Walk the Talk? 71
Do You Play Fair with Your People? 72
Are You an Ego-Leader or a Servant-Leader? 73
7 Leadership by Motivating 75
The Shrinking Power of Money as a Motivator 76
The Involvement Factor 77
Committing to the Involvement Factor 86
8 Leadership by Delegating Tasks and Responsibilities 89
"Lone Wolf" Leaders 89
Shared Leadership 90
9 Leadership by Managing Conflict 97
The S.O.P. 98
Language That Encourages Conflict Resolution 102
Learning to Fight the Feeling 103
Leading in the Face of Personal Crisis 104
Preventing Burnout for Team Members 108
10 Leadership by Supporting and Empowering Participation 115
Participation in Meetings 116
Leading Team Members to Think Well 122
Leading by Supporting Team Knowledge 125
Helping Team Members Respect and See Beyond the Box 128
Index 135
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