Seven Disciplines of A Leader

Seven Disciplines of A Leader

by Jeff Wolf


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Seven Disciplines of A Leader by Jeff Wolf

Recognize, develop, and embody great leadership

Seven Disciplines of A Leader is a comprehensive manualfor building better leaders. Author and executive coach Jeff Wolfis a respected authority on leadership, and his strategies andinspiration have fostered dramatic growth in some of the nation'stop companies. In this book, he shares the secrets of greatleadership to help readers align professional development andexemplify these traits themselves. Each of the Disciplines isvaluable on its own, but together they add up to more than a sum oftheir parts, and work synergistically to propel leaders to higherand higher effectiveness and companies to better and betterbusiness. From initiative, to planning, to community service,readers will gain deep insight into what separates the good fromthe great, and how organizations can nurture these qualities intheir employees with leadership potential.

A good leader gets results, but a great leader inspires everysingle member of the team to reach their utmost potential everysingle time. A great leader makes everyone shine, and provides thevision, the tools, and the support people need to do their verybest work. This book describes how it's done, and how greatness canbe learned.

  • Discover the traits that make leaders great
  • Align leadership development training to maximizepotential
  • Foster the right attitudes and behaviors for betteroutcomes
  • Build a culture of sustainable success that permeates theorganization

Individual achievement is great, but fostering a culture ofachievement sends business into the future on an upward trajectory.It's more than just a single inspired employee; it's aboutrecognizing the signs of potential leadership and nurturing them tofruition throughout the organization. Seven Disciplines of ALeader is the field guide to great leadership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119003953
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JEFF WOLF is recognized as one of the top executivecoaches in the country and is a dynamic and engaging speaker. Ahighly sought-after business consultant, his strategic focus insolving corporate and human issues has earned him continuing ravesfrom global firms.

Leadership Excellence magazine named him one of America'sTop 100 Thought Leaders for his accomplishments in leadershipdevelopment, managerial effectiveness, and organizationalproductivity.

He is currently president of Wolf Management Consultants, LLC,one of the most comprehensive consulting, coaching and trainingfirms in the world. The firm specializes in helping people, teams,and organizations achieve maximum effectiveness.

Throughout the years, he has been a recognized authority onleadership, and his principles, strategies, and inspiration haveinfluenced dramatic growth and changes in countless organizations.He may be reached at

KEN SHELTON is CEO of Authentic Leadership and foundingeditor/publisher of Leadership Excellence magazine. Hecollaborated with Stephen R. Covey on the 7 Habits of HighlyEffective People and is editor/publisher of 128 other books onpersonal and leadership development.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: What Makes Certain Leaders Highly Effective? xi


1 Welcome to Leadership: Nature of the Job 3

2 Who Said It Would Be Easy?: Scope of the Leader’s Job14

3 Principles of Effective Leadership: Essence of theLeader’s Job 24

4 Disciplines and Practices of Highly Effective Leaders 34


5 Discipline 1: Initiative and Influence: Seize the Reins andSet an Example for Others 47

6 Discipline 2: Vision, Strategy, and Alignment: The Progressionfrom Plans to Accomplishments Marks a True Leader 59

7 Discipline 3: Priorities, Planning, and Execution: ExecutionCannot Succeed without the Team’s Acceptance and Endorsement75

8 Discipline 4: Social/Emotional/Political Intelligence: TheTribulations of Leadership and Their Remedies 91

9 Discipline 5: Reciprocation, Collaboration, and Service104

10 Discipline 6: Love and Leverage: There Is No Substitute forPassion about Work 113

11 Discipline 7: Renewal and Sustainability: Those Who PracticeRenewal and Sustainability Avoid Common Pitfalls 125


12 Practice 1: Hire People Like a Casting Director 135

13 Practice 2: Never Stop Developing People 147

14 Practice 3: Understand the Value of Coaching 165

15 Practice 4: Motivate and Inspire People 174

16 Practice 5: Master Communication 180

17 Practice 6: Build an Optimal Team 200

18 Practice 7: Deliver Excellence and Satisfy Customers 216

19 Practice 8: Balance Your Work and Personal Life: It Will HelpYou Find the Right Perspective 228

20 Practice 9: Nurture New Leaders and Retain High Performers239

21 Practice 10: Lead Desired Change 248

22 Practice 11: Manage a Multigenerational

Workforce 258

About the Author 273

Index 275

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KMH3030 More than 1 year ago
Seven Disciplines of a Leader is a complete look at what it takes to be a strong, well rounded leader. The book covers and teaches the seven disciplines, such as how to go about planning, how to collaborate, building the right relationships and attitudes with your team, etc, but also covers much more than that. The author touches on many of the specific things a leader may run into, such as how to lead a multigenerational workplace or how to balance your work and personal life. I appreciated that the author takes on both the overarching ideas but also wrote about these more specific situations a leader can encounter. Wolf really grounds his advice with short examples of his or other’s experiences. I like that the advice is all useable and straight forward, this is not a book of catch phrases but of ideas and approaches that you can quickly put to use. I think that this is a great book for anyone looking for ideas on a comprehensive approach to leading, if you are starting out in a new position or looking for more effective practices. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
AshleeF More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book I didn't really think that I would be able to relate to the book very well as I am currently not working in the public workforce.  Prior to being a stay at home mom I worked as a teacher.  To my surprise I could very easily relate to this book.  One part of the book that really resonated with me was the section titled, "What's Wrong with Being Right?"  Some powerful words really hit it home for me, "Instead of seeking perfection, aim for excellence."  Also in this section Wolf talks about preparing yourself for mistakes, that yes, as a leader you need to be on top of your game, but you are human and you will make mistakes.  I feel like these are not just words needed in the work place but great life lessons as well! I really liked how the book was laid out!  It is very well organized and flows well.  I like how Wolf uses examples of what he is trying to preach.  He gives you advice, "What's Wrong with Being Right?" and then gives you an example of how that advice is put into play, "Zoe Learns an Important Lesson from Her Boss, Stan." I also really liked the little snip its that Wolf included in each chapter.  For example, "Hands-On  Advice:  Avoid negativity." Overall, I thought this book was great and that anyone who reads it will be able to pull out some solid advice and life lessons! I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Master Your 2015 New Year Career Goals With a Go-to Guide on Leadership While I am only at the start of my career, I already have the knowledge to grow and understand how individuals can be highly effective as leaders and as employees with Jeff Wolf’s, “Seven Disciplines of a Leader.”  Wolf goes beyond the seven disciplines to teach his readers key fundamentals regarding effective leadership and various practices. With hands-on advice, various guides and a summary of every chapter, Wolf breaks down diverse exercises to grow a business and as an individual. His advice provides readers the tricks to gaining interpersonal communication, leadership and teamwork skills. Additionally, and what I found most applicable, Wolf advises his readers to inspire others. Motivating employees, peers, friends, family and even strangers to improve work or even daily living is vital everyone to grow and improve themselves at work. Optimism is key and Wolf demonstrates this practice within his book continuously. He provides leading examples of how to perform to achieve success and how to avoid certain mistakes.     In addition to gaining beneficial proficiencies from Wolf’s new book, you will simultaneously give back to veterans. Wolf is donating 100 percent of book profits to three organizations: Warrior Foundation Freedom Station (San Diego), Building Homes for Heroes (New Jersey) and Blue Star Families (Virginia).  Wolf’s advice will bring a new kind of flair and authority into your work ethic. I highly recommend everyone reach renewed career goals as a new year approaches with purchasing this book. There is no better gift than giving to those you love and to veterans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Wolf has created a truly wonderful guide to help leaders excel at any position. His book is insightful, thought-provoking, relevant and extremely useful to anyone seeking an upper hand. Mr. Wolf's insights are backed by years of successful endeavors in multiple disciplines and are applicable to all levels of business and management. This book has helped me immensely and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that anyone looking for an advantage in the workplace or elsewhere READ THIS BOOK!!!
FrankFaeth More than 1 year ago
Unlike other management books, what I like about Seven Disciplines of a Leader is that Jeff has written about those disciplines which are timeless. It’s not about ego-filled executives who had a successful two year run – it’s about what makes for long-term, durable success. Books like this are rare. If you even go back just two years and see what management book writers were saying back then, it will be dated. Jeff's book will stand as a guide for the long-term, which is what management is truly about.
Peesquared More than 1 year ago
In my 25 years as a trainer and coach to hundreds of leaders in industry, I wish I’d had Jeff Wolf’s book to give to those clients. He lays out a practical, sensible, and eminently “do-able” series of behaviors and disciplines to build your own leadership effectiveness. He has taken his own vast experience as a CEO and top thought leader, and winnowed that knowledge into a must-have guide for anyone striving to lead their organization to the next level. I’m certainly recommending this book to every aspiring leader I encounter from now on!
Heather1313 More than 1 year ago
I have had the opportunity to read a proof copy of this book and must share that I found it to be a wonderful resource. The layout, with real life stories, followed by useful exercises, makes it easy for one to examine where there leadership style is strong and where it is potentially week. Mr. Jeff Wolf guides you through the application of each discipline as a real life mentor would. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to enhance their personal leadership skills, no matter their position or workplace environment.