Leading So People Will Follow

Leading So People Will Follow

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by Erika Andersen
     
 

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A unique take on leadership from a popular Forbes blogger and nationally-known leadership coach

Leading So People Will Follow explores the six leadership characteristics that inspire followers to fully support their leaders. Using Erika Andersen’s proven framework, new leaders and veterans alike have increased their capacity for leading in a

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A unique take on leadership from a popular Forbes blogger and nationally-known leadership coach

Leading So People Will Follow explores the six leadership characteristics that inspire followers to fully support their leaders. Using Erika Andersen’s proven framework, new leaders and veterans alike have increased their capacity for leading in a way that creates loyalty, commitment and results. Step by step, Andersen lays out six key attributes (far-sightedness, passion, courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness) and gives leaders the tools for developing them. This innovative book offers a practical guide for building the skills to become a truly 'followable' leader.

  • Filled with examples from forward-thinking organizations such as Apple, NBC Universal, Union Square Hospitality Group, and MTV Networks
  • Maps out the six attributes of leadership
  • Includes a free online Followable Leader assessment
  • Author Erika Andersen is one of Forbes' most popular bloggers and coaches some of the most successful leaders in America

Using self-assessments, real-world examples, and concrete tools, Leading So People Will Follow helps build timeless core skills that work for leaders in any field.

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.)
From the Publisher
You recognize leadership when you see it, but many people tend to stumble when asked to come up with a definition. Not so for Andersen, who is a leadership coach and Forbes blogger. She couldn’t be more direct and succinct as she breaks down the definition of leadership into six components or, more apropos to her discussions, the six attributes of a good leader—far-sightedness, passion, courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness. Her point and approach are to teach how to be an effective leader, supported by her fundamental philosophy that “when someone who is put in the ‘leader’ seat doesn’t demonstrate the leadership qualities for which human beings have a kind of built-in radar, that person is unlikely to be effective as a leader.” To that end, she offers five “key behaviors” for each of the six leadership components. A book to read more than once and to consult many times.— Brad Hooper, Booklist Online

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118379875
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
781,519
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.80(d)

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Meet the Author

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

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RobRyan More than 1 year ago
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!