The Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming a Great Leader

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"Vince Molinaro's new book throws the gauntlet down for leaders today. He asks them to make the commitment to principled leadership, and to step up to the responsibilities. This is a timely and important book!"
?Chester Elton, Motivation Expert and Bestselling Author of All In

"Molinaro has written an insightful book on the competitive advantage of resilient leadership. His practical approach and realistic advice on the personal accountability ...

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Praise for The Leadership Contract

"Vince Molinaro's new book throws the gauntlet down for leaders today. He asks them to make the commitment to principled leadership, and to step up to the responsibilities. This is a timely and important book!"
—Chester Elton, Motivation Expert and Bestselling Author of All In

"Molinaro has written an insightful book on the competitive advantage of resilient leadership. His practical approach and realistic advice on the personal accountability required by leaders are intriguing and challenge all of us to step up to do the tough work required to increase trust and confidence in leaders today. Sign me up!!"
—Barbara Meens Thistle, Chief Human Resources Officer, Emera Inc.

"The Leadership Contract is a fresh and unique book that confronts some uncomfortable truths about leadership today. Molinaro demands that leaders step up to their obligations as he delivers original and powerful, yet practical, insights for them. Read this book if you aspire to be a great leader!"
—Robert Potter, Group Strategic Human Resources Director, London, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group

"Molinaro's important book challenges leaders to become more deliberate and conscious in how they lead. This approach is desperately needed in our world today. It's time for all leaders to decide to make their organizations truly great in a way that has a strong and positive impact on society."
—Raj Sisodia, Cofounder and Co-Chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and coauthor of Conscious Capitalism

"Great leaders are not born, they are made. And that is precisely why you must read The Leadership Contract. This book is both a tool and a stiff dose of reality that will wake you up to what it really takes to lead people and help make you into the leader your people deserve."
—Jeb Blount, Author of People Follow You

"As a leadership speaker, trainer and author, I'm always looking for practical, commonsense leadership ideas that work. I was taken by the idea that we all have individual leadership stories. The better we understand them, the better able we are to write the final chapter in our personal leadership history. It's a thought—and a book—worthy of your time and attention."
—Phillip Van Hooser, Author of Leaders Ought to Know

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118635575
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/29/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 298,524
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

VINCE MOLINARO, PhD, is the Global Managing Director of the Leadership Practice within Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, a firm dedicated to helping organizations seamlessly execute their business strategies through their people. Vince advises senior executives and boards on how to make leadership culture their ultimate business differentiator. He has worked with organizations in the energy, financial services, technology, professional services, and public sectors. An engaging speaker, he conducts keynote presentations for corporations and conferences. He is the author of Leadership SolutionsandThe Leadership Gap, both published by Wiley.

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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 What’s 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 Decision—Make 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 Obligation—Step 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 Work—Get 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 Community—Connect 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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  • Posted December 2, 2013

    A resilient leader is like an inflatable punching bag ¿ She keep

    A resilient leader is like an inflatable punching bag … She keeps bouncing back!

    Vince Molinaro takes you through the leadership experience providing direction for planning, implementing, and motivating. The Leadership Contract (TLC) best exemplifies the spirit of leaders who don’t give up or give in.  They instead give until it hurts and until they get results.

    Getting the right balance between people and tasks isn’t easy; it takes hard work. You see the tough challenges the author is faced with before he gets the edge.  Molinaro deals with unenthusiastic team members and colleagues bidding their time in propped up cushy job positions trying not to “rock the boat.” Vince recognizes these kinds of weaknesses and becomes discouraged. And just when you think he’s about to throw in the towel he gets the lowdown of how the business world works from a senior manager he admires. Her cajoling is the swift kick in the pants (SKIP) he needs to get him back to driving organizational change for accelerating business improvement.

    You’ll find useful information that shows you how collaborating across silos to do what’s best for your customer and organization does a company good. You’ll also find helpful techniques that you could adapt your approach to the role you want to inhabit. You ultimately define Six Sigma leadership skills that create the roadmap that paves a path for future leaders. 

    The book inspires the reader to dream, learn, do and become more. It takes you beyond being someone who just oversees subordinates and makes sure that they do what they’re told. The reader gets a broader perspective of how to make greater impact in his or her organization. In essence you become the leader who rolls up your sleeves and get stuff done.  

    What came to mind after completing the book was the distinguished leader Nelson Mandela who said “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur.” You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” 

    All that being said, I highly recommend The Leadership Contract for the reader who desires to make the decision to become an extraordinary leader!

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