The Monroe Doctrine: An ABC Guide to Great Leadership

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Leadership is the key to excellence. And leadership can be learned. Thank goodness, because many people who fall into managerial positions haven't the foggiest notion how to lead. They don't feel driven to attain the competencies of a boss--much less a great boss. Lorraine Monroe is a born leader. She caught the bug early, as secretary of the student council in the fourth grade at P.S. 157 in Central Harlem. She went on to found the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, a remarkably successful and innovative ...
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The Monroe Doctrine: An ABC Guide To What Great Bosses Do

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Overview


Leadership is the key to excellence. And leadership can be learned. Thank goodness, because many people who fall into managerial positions haven't the foggiest notion how to lead. They don't feel driven to attain the competencies of a boss--much less a great boss. Lorraine Monroe is a born leader. She caught the bug early, as secretary of the student council in the fourth grade at P.S. 157 in Central Harlem. She went on to found the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, a remarkably successful and innovative public school, and became one of the most respected education reformers in America. Now Monroe translates her extensive experience in New York City public schools into the "Monroe Doctrine" to show other education and business leaders how to create and maintain high-achieving organizations.

The Monroe Doctrine offers readers concrete lessons in the craft of leadership. Its brief, catchy lessons and anecdotes will help potential leaders tap into their natural gifts and harness those gifts to lead seemingly by instinct. Monroe's personal story of conquering the most overwhelming challenges will inspire leaders of all types to try new ideas to enrich their lives and the lives of their organizations. With The Monroe Doctrine by their side, readers will be able to lead any organization--whether a hospital, a house of worship, a sorority, a family, a school, or a business--with renewed passion and results.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
offers succinct and practical strategies on managing and getting ahead...a practical manual that will provide immediate tactics for readers.
June 30, 2003
Publishers Weekly
Monroe, founding principal of the Frederick Douglass Academy (a successful public school in Harlem) and a leadership consultant, offers succinct and practical strategies on managing and getting ahead. Drawing on her background in education, Monroe offers definitions of key concepts for every letter of the alphabet (in some cases several per letter) from "analyze" to "zigzag." In no more than one and half pages per subject, she explains by using incidents from her own life and provides problem-solving suggestions. Under "imagine," for example, she says, "I have never undertaken any project (including this book) without first imagining on paper what it would ultimately look like.... To simply imagine without writing out my thoughts is unthinkable to me and utterly impractical, since all the doers who would be responsible for carrying out my imaginings have to be informed and let in on the dream." Monroe is innovative and believes workers and bosses need to support each other, offering several examples of principals backing up teachers even when other administrators weren't helpful. She says managers need to spend time understanding what their staff does, but she also asserts that managers need to let valued employees know they're important. Her advice is sound and will be especially useful to new managers and those who have just entered or are re-entering the workforce. The definition-driven format works well, although the short sections don't allow for a complete overview. Overall, this is a practical manual that will provide immediate tactics for readers. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586481742
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 7/18/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 646,053
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Lorraine Monroe is President and CEO of the Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute and author of the backlist bestseller Nothing's Impossible
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Aa 1
Abandon
Accustom
Analyze
Apply
Ask
Assess
Attach
Awaken
Bb 17
Balance
Bear
Believe
Break
Build
Burn
Cc 31
Calm
Capture
Change
Check
Compete
Construct
Create
Cultivate
Dd 49
Dare
Deepen
Demand
Dream
Drop
Ee 61
Emanate
Encourage
Escape
Experience
Ff 71
Feel
Find
Focus
Free
Fulfill
Gg 83
Give
Hh 87
Have
Ii 91
Imagine
Indicate
Inspire
Intuit
Jj 101
Joke
Kk 105
Keep
Know
Ll 111
Leave
Linger
Listen
Live
Love
Mm 123
Meditate
Mingle
Nn 129
Name
Oo 131
Observe
Obsess
Pp 135
Participate
Penetrate
Permit
Pilot
Plan
Prepare
Present
Preserve
Qq 151
Quest
Rr 155
Recall
Reduce
Reflect
Release
Rest
Rethink
Retreat
Ss 169
Sacrifice
Sanctify
Select
Shed
Shelter
Simplify
Stretch
Tt 183
Take
Think
Transcend
Uu 191
Uplift
Vv 195
Value
Ww 199
Wait
Write
Xx 203
X-ray
Yy 207
Yield
Zz 209
Zigzag
Epilogue: Monroe's Twelve Pieces of Parting Advice 213
Postscript 215
Appendix The Action Plan Worksheet 217
Acknowledgments 219
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