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Coaching Yourself to Leadership
     

Coaching Yourself to Leadership

by Ginny O'Brien
 

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What would happen if a respected business coach gave you a new model for leadership that could help you achieve the happiness, productivity and fulfillment at work you so desire? It would change your life.

That's exactly what author Ginny O'Brien has done. She's a certified business coach who draws on an approach she's used successfully for years in her

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What would happen if a respected business coach gave you a new model for leadership that could help you achieve the happiness, productivity and fulfillment at work you so desire? It would change your life.

That's exactly what author Ginny O'Brien has done. She's a certified business coach who draws on an approach she's used successfully for years in her practice to develop effective leaders. It integrates competencies from three domains of leadership-self, work and others-and emphasizes both masculine and feminine elements of strength.

O'Brien's themes-be authentic, visionary, emotionally intelligent, an assertive communicator and connected to others through relationships and alliances-are covered in-depth in separate chapters. Exercises, tools and specific guidance are also provided to help you turn the information presented into everyday practices.

The purpose of the book is not to help you become the next Jack Welch-being a great leader doesn't mean you have to get to the top. Rather, it is to provide you with practices and techniques that will transform you into a more positive, authentic leader who can make work better for yourself and those you currently lead.

Sample topics:
* Identifying values: Getting to the core of you
* The dilemma of defensive behaviors
* Leadership and parenting: The same skill set
* Dealing with people you don't respect
* Assertive vs aggressive
* Passive-aggressive communicators: The Alienators
* The art of asking powerful questions
* Managing your fear
* The problem with delegating perfection

Editorial Reviews

Gail McMeekan
Ginny has created an excellent self-study guidebook illustrating the essential ingredients of leadership savvy and advancement. Her 5-part skill model outlines the necessary change process to achieve improvement and mastery. Spiced with practical case examples and provocative coaching exercises, this book is a valuable tool for today's leaders who must take responsibility for their own professional development.
Lynn Robinson
In Coaching Yourself to Leadership, Ginny O'Brien takes a fresh look at what it takes to be a truly effective leader. She believes that "leadership develops internally with a deep understanding of self, but blossoms externally from knowing how to empathize, engage and communicate with others." If you aspire to leadership, or simply want to understand it better, you owe it to yourself to read this important book on a critical subject.
Sydney Rice
Ginny has done it again! Coaching Yourself to Leadership: Five Key Strategies for Becoming an Integrated Leader is a highly readable, well organized window into what it really takes to become a leader in today's economy. No pat formulas here. Just wise suggestions, great exercises and lots of practical knowledge gleaned from a rich background of excellent research and many years of successfully coaching her clients. This book goes straight into my library - our coaching clients are going to love
Tami Brady
This book looks at leadership from a "feminine" perspective... is unique ... definitely worth a read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874258691
Publisher:
Human Resource Development Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Ginny O'Brien is an executive and corporate coach, specializing in leadership development and women’s advancement. In 1998, she founded The Columbia Consultancy, a leadership development coaching firm. Ginny’s coaching model encompasses five core areas of development: authenticity, vision and strategic thinking, emotional intelligence, assertive communication, and the ability to build and nurture strategic relationships. She has worked with managers, directors and executives — both men and women — from small, medium and large companies. Her corporate clients include Thomson Financial, Avery Dennison, Omgeo, Texas Instruments, VHB, Inc., and Bingham McCutchen, LLP.

A skilled facilitator and workshop leader, Ginny has led leadership and career development workshops for over 100 organizations, including Salomon Smith Barney, Shell Oil, Xerox, Eastman Kodak, Fidelity Investments, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Texas Instruments, Verizon, Chubb, Viacom, and McKinsey & Company. She also conducts leadership and career development teleclasses.

In addition to Coaching Yourself to Leadership: Five Key Strategies for Becoming an Integrated Leader, she is also the author of Success on Our Own Terms: Tales of Extraordinary, Ordinary Business Women (John Wiley, 1998) and The Fast Forward MBA in Business (John Wiley, 1996). She was a contributing author to Winning in the New Europe: Taking Advantage of the Single Market (Prentice Hall, 1992) and her articles on business intelligence and career strategies have been published in major magazines, including Working Woman, Self, Women in Business, Business Woman, Business Woman Canada, Planning Review, London Commerce and The Journal of European Business.

Ginny was a member of MIT’s organizational learning pioneer group that developed learning histories and she edited two of the first corporate learning histories written. She also publishes a monthly e-mail newsletter on leadership and career development that has approximately 1,500 subscribers. She has been featured in major newspapers and magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine, and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women.

During her career she has held management positions in communications and public relations, and has worked for small businesses, nonprofit organizations and major corporations. Ginny has also taught organizational communication, writing, and lead

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