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"We have a deeply wired-in need for leaders who will guide uswell and safely; who care more about the success of the enterprisethan about their own comfort; who call out our best and take fulladvantage of who we are. And we long to be that kind of leader aswell—to evoke that I'm with you—let's go!response from those who work with and for us."

—From Chapter One

In this much-anticipated book, respected leadership coach andpopular Forbes blogger Erika Andersen explores the ...

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"We have a deeply wired-in need for leaders who will guide uswell and safely; who care more about the success of the enterprisethan about their own comfort; who call out our best and take fulladvantage of who we are. And we long to be that kind of leader aswell—to evoke that I'm with you—let's go!response from those who work with and for us."

—From Chapter One

In this much-anticipated book, respected leadership coach andpopular Forbes blogger Erika Andersen explores the sixleadership characteristics that inspire followers to fully supporttheir leaders. Using Andersen's proven approach, new leaders andveterans alike have increased their capacity for leading in a waythat creates loyalty, commitment, and results. Step-by-step,Andersen lays out six key attributes (farsightedness, passion,courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness) that offerpeople, at all levels within an organization, the tools to thinkand behave as fully accepted leaders.

The book is filled with examples from such outstandingorganizations as Apple, NBC Universal, Union Square HospitalityGroup, and MTV Networks and offers a framework for self-assessmentto help focus on each of the six leadership attributes. Andersenidentifies the key behaviors that exemplify each of the attributesand provides practical guidelines for building these essentialleadership behaviors.

New and seasoned leaders will get the support they need forbuilding the skills to become a truly "followable" leader—onewho can build strong teams and companies that will survive andthrive no matter how tough the environment.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Andersen attempts an uneasy marriage of lore, fairy tales, and contemporary business practices in this overly reductive approach to defining the attributes of a good leader. Her initial premise is that "core timeless attributes" of leadership are "remarkably consistent across time and culture," and can be learned. She derives from "the folktales and fairy tales of many cultures" a prescription for the essential leadership traits: far-sightedness, passion, courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness. Self-assessment exercises are provided for readers. Andersen's experience at consulting and coaching firm Proteus International, liberally referred to throughout, indicates hands-on experience in the practical aspects of promoting leadership behavior. Several assumption merit more consideration than the glib generalities sprinkled throughout. Overall, how are people to distinguish between the patina of leadership, made shiny by public relations and press releases, and the genuine article? Andersen offers a useful tool for the "How-to" school, but offers little insight into basic questions. (Oct.)
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You recognize leadership when you see it, but many people tendto stumble when asked to come up with a definition. Not so forAndersen, who is a leadership coachand Forbes blogger. She couldn’t be moredirect and succinct as she breaks down the definition of leadershipinto six components or, more apropos to her discussions, the sixattributes of a good leader—far-sightedness, passion,courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness. Her point andapproach are to teach how to be an effective leader, supported byher fundamental philosophy that “when someone who is put inthe ‘leader’ seat doesn’t demonstrate theleadership qualities for which human beings have a kind of built-inradar, that person is unlikely to be effective as a leader.”To that end, she offers five “key behaviors” for eachof the six leadership components. A book to read more than once andto consult many times.— Brad Hooper, BooklistOnline
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118379875
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 521,815
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Erika Andersen is founding partner of the consulting firmProteus International and the author of Growing Great Employees:Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers andBeing Strategic: Plan for Success, Out-Think Your Competitors,Stay Ahead of Change, which she adapted into a publictelevision show, Being Strategic with Erika Andersen. Shealso blogs at blogs.forbes.com/erikaandersen and aterikaandersen.com.

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Table of Contents

1 The Longing for Good Leaders 1

Our Leader Longing Is Wired In ✴ Cracking the Code

2 Firesides and Folktales 7

Stories Hold the Map ✴ The Six Attributes ✴Reflecting on Your Leadership ✴ Hearing the Story

3 Farsighted 21

See Possible Futures ✴ Articulate the Vision ✴Model the Vision ✴ See Past Obstacles ✴ InviteParticipation

4 Passionate 49

Commit Honestly ✴ Make a Clear Case Without Dogma✴ Invite Real Dialogue ✴ Support Your Passion✴ Remain Committed

5 Courageous 63

Make Tough Choices ✴ Risk Yourself for the Enterprise✴ Do Personally Difficult Things ✴ TakeResponsibility ✴ Admit Mistakes

6 Wise 83

Be Curious—Listen! ✴ Assess Objectively ✴Learn from Your Experience ✴ See and Share Patterns ✴Act Based on Your Sense of Right

7 Generous 105

Assume Positive Intent ✴ Share Power ✴ Share WhatYou Know ✴ Freely Give Credit, Praise, and Reward ✴Provide Necessary Resources for Success

8 Trustworthy 137

Tell the Truth ✴ Do What You Say You Will ✴ KeepConfidences ✴ Speak and Act for the Greater Good ✴Get Results

9 Friends for the Journey 157

Leading as a Group Endeavor ✴ Wizards, Well-Wishers, andWild Cards ✴ Finding Your Supporters

10 Your Own Tale 167

Reassess Yourself ✴ Make a Plan ✴ Rely on YourWizards, Well-Wishers, and Wild Cards

Epilogue 173

Listening and Self-Talk for Leaders: Bonus Section 175

Acknowledgments 187

The Author 189

Index 191

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    Like a "how-to" book for becoming a better leader

    Vince Lombardi once famously said “Leaders are made, they are not born”. Unfortunately, he was a bit vague on the actual process one could use to become a great leader. Not so Erika Andersen, whose latest book “Leading So People Will Follow” provides a practical, actionable guidebook on becoming a fully accepted leader. Andersen not only offers a clear explanation of the six key attributes every leader must demonstrate, but more importantly- and this is what sets this book apart from all the rest- how you can go about discovering and strengthening your own skills in these six key areas.

    Andersen unveils the six leadership attributes using a “boy overcomes obstacles to rescue princess” frame story that resonates with all of us from early childhood. She then devotes each of the following chapters to a specific leadership attribute by highlighting an industry notable who has consistently demonstrated that quality, deconstructing the attribute into its key components, providing a process for assessing your own strengths and weaknesses for each component, then offering specific, actionable steps for you to develop those characteristics in yourself.

    Andersen’s personable writing style makes this an exceptionally enjoyable book to read; it seemed more like talking with a trusted friend and advisor than simply reading a book. Her examples and exercises are clear and easily understandable and the activities- while requiring considerable honest reflection and self-assessment- were fun and useful to complete.

    I highly recommend this book to those who are, or who want to be, in a position of leadership and influence. I’ve been in a leadership position with my own career for some time now and I found the book enormously helpful; I would have loved to have had something like this in my hands earlier on. But it’s never too late to become a better leader!

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