Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming a Great Leader / Edition 1

Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming a Great Leader / Edition 1

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by Vince Molinaro
     
 

ISBN-10: 1118635574

ISBN-13: 2901118635574

Pub. Date: 07/29/2013

Publisher: Wiley

Is leadership worth dying for? That's the question Dr. Vince Molinaro had to ask himself early in his career after a mentor died of cancer—a disease she believed was brought on by working in an organization with a toxic leadership culture. The stakes in leadership have always been high, but they are getting even higher. Leaders today must execute strategy,

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Is leadership worth dying for? That's the question Dr. Vince Molinaro had to ask himself early in his career after a mentor died of cancer—a disease she believed was brought on by working in an organization with a toxic leadership culture. The stakes in leadership have always been high, but they are getting even higher. Leaders today must execute strategy, drive innovation, and build talent for the future. They are under more pressure and more scrutiny than ever before.

But at the very moment that we need our leaders to be their best—to be truly great—many leaders disappoint and fail us. Recent studies have shown that only 7 percent of employees trust and have confidence in their senior leaders to look out for their best interests. This is a damning statistic and strikes at the heart of the problem with leadership today.

The Leadership Contract tackles this problem head on and explores why leaders must commit to do a lot better. It also provides an inspiring vision of why leadership, and, more specifically, leadership culture, is the only real differentiator between organizations that thrive and those that fall behind.

Designed for top-level executives, mid-level managers, frontline leaders, and emerging leaders, The Leadership Contract asks compelling questions that all leaders must confront at a personal level. The book brings a fresh perspective, proposing a "Leadership Contract" that must be fully understood and agreed upon by business leaders, while laying out the four terms of the leadership contract:

  • Leadership is a decision. Make it.
  • Leadership is an obligation. Step up.
  • Leadership is hard. Get tough.
  • Leadership is a community. Connect.

The Leadership Contract is filled with practical and powerful insights that will immediately show you how to become a great leader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901118635574
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/29/2013
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Redefining How You Lead 4

The Leadership Contract 5

A Word of Warning 8

Chapter 1 My Personal Leadership Story 9

Is Leadership Worth Dying For? 12

Why Are Some Leaders Such Jerks? 19

Why Are Many Leaders So Lame? 21

Has Anyone Noticed That We’ve Stopped Talking about Our Values? 24

How Do You Create a Vibrant Culture? 25

Reflect—Your Personal Leadership Story 29

Chapter 2 Whats Wrong with Leadership Today? 31

When Organizations Let Us Down 33

Leadership Is Disconnected 36

Leadership Is Disappointing 38

Leadership Is Disgraceful 41

How Did We Get Here? 42

It’s Time We Stop Settling—and Start Expecting More 48

Reflect—What’s Wrong with Leadership Today? 49

Chapter 3 Why We Need a Leadership Contract 51

The Leadership Contract and Its Four Terms 53

Reflect—Why We Need a

Leadership Contract 57

Chapter 4 Leadership Is a DecisionMake It 59

Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Be a Leader Anymore? 62

Why You Need to Make the Leadership Decision 64

The Two Kinds of Leadership Decisions 66

Big D and Small d Leadership Decisions—Clarity and Commitment 72

A Real Leadership Decision Is Visceral 75

Deciding Not to Lead Is an Important Leadership Decision 78

Final Thoughts—Get Your Act Together 80

Reflect—Leadership Is a Decision 81

Chapter 5 Leadership Is an ObligationStep Up 83

The Iron Ring Ceremony 86

What’s It Going to Take? 94

The Five Core Obligations of Leadership 96

The Five Core Obligations in Action 106

Revisiting the Iron Ring Ceremony and What It Means for Leaders 108

Final Thoughts—Leadership Is an Obligation 109

Reflect—Leadership Is an Obligation 109

Chapter 6 Leadership Is Hard WorkGet Tough 111

Do We Have Wimps or Leaders in Our Organizations? 113

The Hard Rule of Leadership 114

Final Thoughts—It’s Time to Get Tough 129

Reflect—Leadership Is Hard Work 130

Chapter 7 Leadership Is a CommunityConnect 131

The Missed Opportunity 134

We Are Wired for Community 134

A Rotting of Zombies 135

A League of Heroes 137

A Stable of Thoroughbreds 138

It’s Time to Build a Community of Leaders 141

A Strong Community of Leaders—Clarity and Commitment 142

Has Everyone Noticed the Change in the Room? 145

Final Thoughts—How Is Help Defined in Your Organization? 147

Reflect—Leadership Is a Community 148

Chapter 8 Signing the Leadership Contract 149

It’s Time to Sign the Leadership Contract 152

The One Thing You Cannot Do 154

Signing the Document 156

Create Your Own Leadership Contract 158

Final Thoughts—Signing the Leadership Contract 158

Reflect—Signing the Leadership Contract 159

Chapter 9 The Turning Points of Leadership 161

Revisiting the Turning Points of Leadership 163

Final Thoughts—The Turning Points of Leadership 176

Reflect—The Turning Points of Leadership 177

Chapter 10 Putting the Leadership Contract into Action 179

Foundational Strategies for Putting the Leadership Contract into Action 185

Regular Practices to Put the Leadership Contract into Action 188

Putting the Leadership Contract into Action within Your Organization 191

Create Your Own Organization’s Leadership Contract 194

Final Thoughts—Redefining How We Lead 197

Notes 199

Acknowledgments 201

About the Author 203

About Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions 205

Index 207

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