One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership

One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership

by Mike Figliuolo


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A robust, authentic model for creating and clearly articulating a personal leadership philosophy

Based on leadership expert Mike Figliuolo's popular "Leadership Maxims" training course, One Piece of Paper teaches decisive, effective leadership by taking a holistic approach to defining one's personal leadership philosophy. Through a series of simple questions, readers will create a living document that communicates their values, passions, goals and standards to others, maximizing their leadership potential.

  • Outlines a clear approach for identifying a concise and meaningful set of personal leadership maxims by which leaders can live their lives
  • Explains and applies four basic aspects of leadership: leading yourself, leading the thinking, leading your people, and leading a balanced life
  • Generates a foundational document that serves as a touchstone for leaders and their teams

Simple, applicable, and without pretense, One Piece of Paper provides a model for real leadership in the real world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118049594
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

MIKE FIGLIUOLO is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC, a professional services firm specializing in leadership development, and a nationally-recognized speaker and blogger on the topic of leadership. An Honor Graduate from West Point, Figliuolo served in the U.S. Army as a combat arms officer. Before founding his own company, he was an assistant professor at Duke University, a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Part One The Leadership Maxims Approach

1 Understanding the Leadership Maxims Approach 3

2 On Buzzwords 15

Part Two Leading Yourself

3 Learning to Lead Yourself 25

4 Why Do You Get Out of Bed Every Day? 33

5 How Will You Shape Your Future? 41

6 What Guidelines Do You Live By? 51

7 When You Fall Down, How Do You Pick Yourself Back Up? 61

8 How Do You Hold Yourself Accountable? 71

Part Three Leading the Thinking

9 Becoming a Thought Leader 83

10 What Standards Do You Hold Your Team To? 89

11 Where Are You Taking Your People? 99

12 How Will You Foresee the Future? 111

13 After All That Thinking, How Will You Drive Action? 119

Part Four Leading Your People

14 What It Means to Lead Your People 131

15 What Is Your Natural Style? 137

16 How Will You Remember to Treat Your Team Members as Individuals? 147

17 How Will You Stay Connected to Your Team’s Reality? 157

18 How Will You Commit to Your People’s Growth? 167

Part Five Leading a Balanced Life

19 Defining Balance 179

20 How Will You Define Your Boundaries? 185

21 How Will You Keep Things in Perspective? 193

22 What Are You Passionate About? 201

Part Six Making It Real

23 Living Your Maxims 211

24 Sharing 217

Acknowledgments 223

Appendix A: The Author’s Maxims 229

Appendix B: Your Maxims 231

About the Author 233

Index 235

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