Simply, this book provides aspiring or experienced leaders with a well-thought-out discussion of personal character, leadership talent, and management skill in a distinctive way. It presents practiced perspectives, skilled insights, and proficient narratives intended to resonate with every reader. The chosen title is not arbitrary, especially the word nonnegotiables. While personal character, leadership talent, and management skill, we believe, are necessary for leadership success, each is not sufficient on its own to secure such success.
This book, Leadership Nonnegotiables, is a companion book to Steve’s earlier work titled Competent Leadership. Leadership competence revolves around one’s personal style, one’s relationships, and how one communicates, motivates, resolves conflict, and makes decisions. What went unsaid in Competent Leadership is the foundation for this book. The focus of Leadership Nonnegotiables is what we consider the very core of leading—personal character, leadership talent, and management skill. One does not lead in isolation.