Leading So People Will Follow

Leading So People Will Follow

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by Erika Andersen
     
 

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

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"We have a deeply wired-in need for leaders who will guide us well and safely; who care more about the success of the enterprise than about their own comfort; who call out our best and take full advantage of who we are. And we long to be that kind of leader as well—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 and popular Forbes blogger Erika Andersen explores the six leadership characteristics that inspire followers to fully support their leaders. Using Andersen's proven approach, 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 (farsightedness, passion, courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness) that offer people, at all levels within an organization, the tools to think and behave as fully accepted leaders.

The book is filled with examples from such outstanding organizations as Apple, NBC Universal, Union Square Hospitality Group, and MTV Networks and offers a framework for self-assessment to help focus on each of the six leadership attributes. Andersen identifies the key behaviors that exemplify each of the attributes and provides practical guidelines for building these essential leadership behaviors.

New and seasoned leaders will get the support they need for building the skills to become a truly "followable" leader—one who can build strong teams and companies that will survive and thrive 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.)
From the Publisher
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
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
411,863
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.80(d)

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