Leading So People Will Follow

Leading So People Will Follow

by Erika Andersen

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ISBN-13: 9781118379875
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 316,596
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.80(d)

About the Author

ERIKA ANDERSEN is founding partner of the consulting firm Proteus International and the author of Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers and Being Strategic: Plan for Success, Out-Think Your Competitors, Stay Ahead of Change, which she adapted into a public television show, Being Strategic with Erika Andersen. She also blogs at blogs.forbes.com/erikaandersen and at erikaandersen.com.

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Table of Contents

1 The Longing for Good Leaders 1

Our Leader Longing Is Wired In

Cracking the Code

2 Firesides and Folktales 7

Stories Hold the Map

The Six Attributes

Reflecting on Your Leadership

Hearing the Story

3 Farsighted 21

See Possible Futures

Articulate the Vision

Model the Vision

See Past Obstacles

Invite Participation

4 Passionate 49

Commit Honestly

Make a Clear Case Without Dogma

Invite Real Dialogue

Support Your Passion

Remain Committed

5 Courageous 63

Make Tough Choices

Risk Yourself for the Enterprise

Do Personally Difficult Things

Take Responsibility

Admit Mistakes

6 Wise 83

Be Curious—Listen!

Assess Objectively

Learn from Your Experience

See and Share Patterns

Act Based on Your Sense of Right

7 Generous 105

Assume Positive Intent

Share Power

Share What You Know

Freely Give Credit, Praise, and Reward

Provide Necessary Resources for Success

8 Trustworthy 137

Tell the Truth

Do What You Say You Will

Keep Confidences

Speak and Act for the Greater Good

Get Results

9 Friends for the Journey 157

Leading as a Group Endeavor

Wizards, Well-Wishers, and Wild Cards

Finding Your Supporters

10 Your Own Tale 167

Reassess Yourself

Make a Plan

Rely on Your Wizards, Well-Wishers, and Wild Cards

Epilogue 173

Listening and Self-Talk for Leaders: Bonus Section 175

Acknowledgments 187

The Author 189

Index 191

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RobRyan More than 1 year ago
Vince Lombardi once famously said “Leaders are made, they are not born”. Unfortunately, he was a bit vague on the actual process one could use to become a great leader. Not so Erika Andersen, whose latest book “Leading So People Will Follow” provides a practical, actionable guidebook on becoming a fully accepted leader. Andersen not only offers a clear explanation of the six key attributes every leader must demonstrate, but more importantly- and this is what sets this book apart from all the rest- how you can go about discovering and strengthening your own skills in these six key areas. Andersen unveils the six leadership attributes using a “boy overcomes obstacles to rescue princess” frame story that resonates with all of us from early childhood. She then devotes each of the following chapters to a specific leadership attribute by highlighting an industry notable who has consistently demonstrated that quality, deconstructing the attribute into its key components, providing a process for assessing your own strengths and weaknesses for each component, then offering specific, actionable steps for you to develop those characteristics in yourself. Andersen’s personable writing style makes this an exceptionally enjoyable book to read; it seemed more like talking with a trusted friend and advisor than simply reading a book. Her examples and exercises are clear and easily understandable and the activities- while requiring considerable honest reflection and self-assessment- were fun and useful to complete. I highly recommend this book to those who are, or who want to be, in a position of leadership and influence. I’ve been in a leadership position with my own career for some time now and I found the book enormously helpful; I would have loved to have had something like this in my hands earlier on. But it’s never too late to become a better leader!