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Recent studies show that only 7 percent of employees have trust and confidence in their senior leaders. How can we ever get our organizations to succeed if so few employees believe in their senior leaders? The Leadership Contract explains why leadership, and specifically leadership culture, is the only real differentiator between the organizations that thrive and those that fall ...
Recent studies show that only 7 percent of employees have trust and confidence in their senior leaders. How can we ever get our organizations to succeed if so few employees believe in their senior leaders? The Leadership Contract explains why leadership, and specifically leadership culture, is the only real differentiator between the organizations that thrive and those that fall behind. This book explains how to establish a leadership contract that is fully understood and agreed upon by business leaders to ensure the success of their company.
The book lays out the four terms and conditions of the leadership contract and enlists leaders in making a conscious decision to lead, including the understanding that leadership is a decision, entails an obligation, is difficult, and requires a community.
Create the contract that ensures your leadership will take your organization to new heights.
Redefining How You Lead
The Leadership Contract
A Word of Warning
Chapter 1: My Personal Leadership Story
Is Leadership Worth Dying For?
Why Are Some Leaders Such Jerks?
Why Are Many Leaders So Lame?
Has Anyone Noticed That We’ve Stopped Talking About Our Values?
How Do You Create a Vibrant Culture?
Reflect – Your Personal Leadership Story
Chapter 2: What’s Wrong with Leadership Today?
When Organizations Let Us Down
Leadership is Disconnected
Leadership is Disappointing
Leadership is Disgraceful
How Did We Get Here?
It’s Time We Stop Settling – and Expect More
Reflect – What’s Wrong with Leadership Today?
Chapter 3: Why We Need a Leadership Contract
The Leadership Contract & Its Four Terms
Reflect – Why Do We Need a Leadership Contract?
Chapter 4: Leadership is a Decision – Make It
Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Be a Leader Anymore?
Why You Need To Make the Leadership Decision
The Two Kinds of Leadership Decisions
Big D & small d Leadership Decisions – It’s about Clarity & Commitment
A Real Leadership Decision is Visceral
Deciding Not to Lead is an Important Leadership Decision
Final Thought - Get Your Act Together
Reflect – Leadership is a Decision
Chapter 5: Leadership is an Obligation – Step Up
The Iron Ring Ceremony
What’s It Going to Take?
The Five Core Obligations of Leadership
The Five Core Obligations in Action
Revisiting the Iron Ring Ceremony & What It Means for Leaders
Final Thought – Leadership is an Obligation
Reflect – Leadership is an Obligation
Chapter 6: Leadership is Hard Work – Get Tough
Do We Have Wimps or Leaders in Our Organizations?
The Hard Rule of Leadership
Tackle the Hard Work of Leadership and You Become Strong
Final Thoughts – It’s Time to Get Tough
Reflect – Leadership is Hard Work
Chapter 7: Leadership is a Community – Connect
The Missed Opportunity
We Are Wired for Community
A Rotting of Zombies
A League of Heroes
A Stable of Thoroughbreds
It’s Time to Build a Community of Leaders
A Strong Community of Leaders – It’s All About Clarity & Commitment
Has Everyone Noticed the Change in the Room?
Final Thought – How is Help Defined in Your Organization?
Reflect – Leadership is a Community
Chapter 8: Signing the Leadership Contract
It’s Time to Sign the Leadership Contract
The One Thing You Cannot Do
The Leadership Contract
Create Your Own Leadership Contract
Final Thoughts – Signing the Leadership Contract
Reflect – It’s Time to Sign the Leadership Contract
Chapter 9: The Implications of Leadership Contract
Revisiting the Four Turning Points of Leadership
Reflect – The Implications of the Leadership Contract
Chapter 10: Putting the Leadership Contract into Action
Foundational Strategies for Putting the Leadership Contract into Action
Regular Practices to Put the Leadership Contract into Action
Putting the Leadership Contract into Action Within Your Organization
Create Your Own Organization’s Leadership
Final Thoughts - Redefining How We Lead
Posted December 2, 2013
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!