The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate


In their bestselling work The Extraordinary

Leader, performance thought leaders John

Zenger and ...

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In their bestselling work The Extraordinary

Leader, performance thought leaders John

Zenger and Joseph Folkman revealed the 16

key competencies that separate the top 10

percent of leaders from the rest. Since that

book’s publication, they and coauthor Scott

Edinger discovered, through an extensive

study conducted over four years, that leaders

who possessed the ability to inspire and motivate

outperformed all others.

The authors found that the impact of inspiring

and motivating others is consistent across

different kinds of organizations and within

different cultures. The Inspiring Leader reveals

the authors’ newest proprietary research on

how top leaders inspire teams to greatness.

It discusses the behaviors exhibited by the

most successful leaders and includes advice

on how to implement them. Drawing from

statistically significant data and objective empirical

evidence, the book shows how to:

  • Establish a clear vision and direction
  • Use the power of emotions
  • Create stretch goals for your team
  • Foster innovation and risk taking
  • Encourage teamwork and collaboration
  • Champion change, and much more

Zenger, Folkman, and Edinger lay out the

strategies and concepts used by the world’s

greatest leaders to motivate their teams. With

The Inspiring Leader as your guide, you will

learn how to put those strategies to work in

your own business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071621243
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 448,545
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

John H. Zenger, D.B.A., is the

CEO of Zenger Folkman, a firm

that brings empirical research, innovative

development methods,

and software tools to leadership

development. He is a member of the HRD

Hall of Fame and has authored or coauthored

eight books and 50 articles on leadership,

productivity, and teams.

Joseph R. Folkman, Ph.D., is

president of Zenger Folkman. He

is an authoritative voice on the

subject of developing and using

employee surveys to create organizational

change and 360-degree feedback

assessment for individual development. He

is a frequent keynote speaker and conference

presenter on a variety of topics regarding leadership,

feedback, and organizational change.

Scott K. Edinger is executive

vice president of Zenger Folkman,

where he consults with Fortune

500 companies to initiate and implement

large-scale performance

improvement and leadership initiatives. He

is an expert in helping organizations achieve

measurable business results.

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Table of Contents

1. The most important leadership skill
2. The power of competency companions
3. Behaviors that clearly don’t work
4. Setting stretch goals
5. Creating vision and direction
6. Communicating powerfully
7. Encouraging innovation and risk taking
8. Developing others
9. Teamwork and collaboration
10. Fostering accountability and ownership for results
11. Championing change
12. Being a role model
13. Conclusion—How to implement these skills on a regular basis
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  • Posted July 13, 2009

    Not just another book on leadership!

    With all the leadership books burgeoning shelves it's no wonder another leadership book seems like, well, just another book. Not so with The Inspiring Leader! The rigorous research is right on the money and the developmental applications are attainable for any leader willing to put forth the persistent effort to inspire others. The "matter of fact" data reveals what inspiring leaders actually do to combine a certain set of strengths and actions and thus "magically" inspire others to follow them. The authors combine their own strengths to create a great read that is; seamless, immediately informative, academically inclusive, interesting, and yes, in a word, INSPIRING! Get this book and give it your best shot! It may inspire you too!

    Dr. S. Brett Savage
    Next Phase Leadership

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

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    Exceptional book for leaders!

    The Inspiring Leader is one of those rare books on Leadership that gives the reader clear and practical activities for inspiring others while grounding these activities in comprehensive and compelling research---integrating the work of several leadership gurus whose ideas have been proven time and again.
    It's an engaging and inspirational book that "walks the talk" by catalyzing all of us to get beyond spreadsheets to successfully understand how and why inspiration is where the leadership leverage really lies.
    Give this book to yourself and----to your boss!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    Water Cooler Dreams

    As a "senior level leader" I've heard all of these water cooler dreams before... "If only my boss could understand what we are trying to do... We could (together) move this company forward to Utopia"...
    This concept is not realistic; it is the vision of a "want to be" leader.
    Those of us who have successfully lead companies to success understand that subordinates (and their subordinates) do have valuable input, and we need to take this input into consideration to accomplish the ultimate goals of the enterprise.
    However, this is a core (rudimentary) leadership understanding.
    The "water cooler (or academic) dreamers" do not understand the requirements relating to the "need to know" information regarding decisions required by true leaders whose job description primarily depends on the current and ongoing success of the enterprise.
    If you are a senior level leader, please do not send your monetary vote (by purchasing this book) to the authors, there are many more relevant publications available to enhance your leadership skills.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    An illuminating study of inspirational leadership

    In every type of organization and in every culture, people want to follow leaders who motivate them to achieve difficult goals. In The Extraordinary Leader, the authors' previous, highly acclaimed book, John H. Zenger, Joseph R. Folkman and Scott K. Edinger examined the 16 core competencies that distinguish superior leaders from merely good ones. In this new work, they employ statistical data and empirical evidence to prove conclusively what people intuitively know: The ability to inspire is, by far, the most salient leadership trait. The authors discuss the strategies that great leaders employ to motivate others and explain how to use them. getAbstract recommends their book to managers, executives and others who want their organizations to accomplish great things.

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