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Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business

Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business


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Kevin Kruse knows two things about leadership that most people do not believe:

First, leadership is a superpower.
Second, almost everything we’ve been taught about leadership is wrong.
In Great Leaders Have No Rules, New York Times bestselling author and highly successful entrepreneur Kevin Kruse debunks popular wisdom with ten contrarian principles for better, faster, easier leadership. Grounded in solid research and three decades of entrepreneurial experience, this book has one purpose: to teach you how to be both the boss everyone wants to work for and the high achiever every CEO wants to hire—all without drama, stress, or endless hours in the office
Inspired by Kruse's viral article "Why Successful Leaders Don't Have an Open Door Policy," this contrarian approach to leadership reveals why you should throw out the rulebook and instead play favorites, crowd your calendar, tell employees everything (even salaries), stay out of meetings, hide your phone, and more. Kruse makes the case for these principles with engaging real-world stories and case studies, and shows how to use this wisdom to buck the trend and become more effective. He also shares applications beyond the office—at home, in sales, in sports, and more. Ultimately, his advice empowers you to focus on what matters, which is the key to success for you, your employees, and your company.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635652161
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 716,172
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

KEVIN KRUSE is a New York Times bestselling author and serial entrepreneur who started or cofounded several multimillion-dollar businesses. Kruse's articles on leadership have appeared in Forbes, Inc., and a number of other publications and his podcast, The LEADx Leadership Show has been downloaded over one million times. He is the founder and CEO of LEADx, with the mission to spark 100 million new leaders. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xiii

1 Close Your Open Door Policy 1

2 Shut Off Your Smartphone 23

3 Have No Rules 41

4 Be Likable, Not Liked 67

5 Lead With Love 81

6 Crowd Your Calendar 101

7 Play Favorites 119

8 Reveal Everything (Even Salaries) 139

9 Show Weakness 163

10 Leadership Is Not A Choice 183

Conclusion 197

Resources 201

About LEADx 203

Acknowledgments 205

Works Cited 211

Index 227

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