Leading So People Will Follow

Leading So People Will Follow

by Erika Andersen


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Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen

A unique take on leadership from a popular Forbes blogger andnationally-known leadership coach

Leading So People Will Follow explores the six leadershipcharacteristics that inspire followers to fully support theirleaders. Using Erika Andersen’s proven framework, new leadersand veterans alike have increased their capacity for leading in away that creates loyalty, commitment and results. Step by step,Andersen lays out six key attributes (far-sightedness, passion,courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness) and gives leadersthe tools for developing them. This innovative book offers apractical guide for building the skills to become a truly'followable' leader.

  • Filled with examples from forward-thinking organizations suchas Apple, NBC Universal, Union Square Hospitality Group, and MTVNetworks
  • Maps out the six attributes of leadership
  • Includes a free online Followable Leader assessment
  • Author Erika Andersen is one of Forbes' most popular bloggersand coaches some of the most successful leaders in America

Using self-assessments, real-world examples, and concrete tools,Leading So People Will Follow helps build timeless coreskills that work for leaders in any field.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118379875
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 239,983
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.80(d)

About the Author

Erika Andersen is founding partner of the consulting firmProteus International and the author of Growing Great Employees:Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers andBeing Strategic: Plan for Success, Out-Think Your Competitors,Stay Ahead of Change, which she adapted into a publictelevision show, Being Strategic with Erika Andersen. Shealso blogs at blogs.forbes.com/erikaandersen and aterikaandersen.com.

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 ✴ InviteParticipation

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 ✴ TakeResponsibility ✴ 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 WhatYou Know ✴ Freely Give Credit, Praise, and Reward ✴Provide Necessary Resources for Success

8 Trustworthy 137

Tell the Truth ✴ Do What You Say You Will ✴ KeepConfidences ✴ Speak and Act for the Greater Good ✴Get Results

9 Friends for the Journey 157

Leading as a Group Endeavor ✴ Wizards, Well-Wishers, andWild Cards ✴ Finding Your Supporters

10 Your Own Tale 167

Reassess Yourself ✴ Make a Plan ✴ Rely on YourWizards, 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!