The Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming an Accountable Leader

The Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming an Accountable Leader

by Vince Molinaro

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Our leaders are failing. In many cases they are outright disappointing and at times, even disgraceful. This lack of leadership erodes the trust that people have in leaders throughout society and in the business world. At the root of this problem is a leadership accountability gap.

In the revised and updated bestseller, The Leadership Contract, Vince Molinaro answers the question: What does it mean to be a leader in today's complex world? He explores why truly accountable leadership is the only way to build an organization that can survive and thrive in our increasingly complicated world. Written in Molinaro's engaging style, this important resource is the modern leader's handbook for organizational renewal.

In today's business climate, leadership is both a trait and a specific set of skills. It's about trust, commitment, communication, and drive. The Leadership Contract reveals what it takes to become the dynamic leader your organization needs. Molinaro outlines a blueprint for going beyond adopting the habits and practices of an effective leader and explains why it's vital to put it in writing in order to establish a leadership contract that ensures success. The author clearly shows the impact of a written contract and shows how your key decisions and work ethic affects everyone you lead. In addition, he offers suggestions for motivating and inspiring employees by making the right connections.

While building on the fundamentals outlined in the first edition, this updated volume includes new coverage on the topic of accountability, ideas for creating personal and organizational levels of the leadership contract, and fresh Gut Check summary questions after each chapter. It also contains new and inspirational opening and closing remarks that provide insight into what the leadership role entails. The Leadership Contract offers a pathway for facilitating a vibrant and positive culture that encourages innovation for success.

With The Leadership Contract as your guide, you can become an exceptional leader that has the skills, strategy, judgment, and motivation to win the trust of your employees and take your organization into the future.

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ISBN-13: 9781119440499
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/30/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

VINCE MOLINARO, PhD, is an author, speaker, and leadership advisor to senior executives, heads of human resources, and boards. He is the Global Managing Director of Strategic Solutions with Lee Hecht Harrison, a firm dedicated to delivering leadership development, employee engagement, career transition, and change management solutions. He's the author of the bestseller The Leadership Contract and coauthor of Leadership Solutions and The Leadership Gap, all from Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Redefining How You Lead xvi

The Leadership Contract xvii

A Word of Warning xix

Chapter 1 My Personal Leadership Story 1

Is Leadership Worth Dying For? 2

Why Are Some Leaders Such Jerks? 8

Why Are Many Leaders So Lame? 10

Has Anyone Noticed That We’ve Stopped Talking about Our Values? 12

How Do You Create a Vibrant Culture? 13

How Do You Lead through Ambiguity? 15

Chapter 2 What’s Wrong with Leadership Today? 18

Leadership Is Disappointing 19

Leadership Is Disconnected 22

Leadership Is Disgraceful 23

How Did We Get Here? 26

It’s Time We Stop Settling—and Start Expecting More 31

Chapter 3 Why We Need a Leadership Contract 33

Do You Know What You’ve Signed Up For? 35

The Leadership Contract and Its Four Terms 35

Chapter 4 Leadership Is a Decision—Make It 40

Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Be a Leader Anymore? 41

Why You Need to Make the Leadership Decision 42

The Two Kinds of Leadership Decisions 45

Big D and small d Leadership Decisions—Clarity and Commitment 49

A Real Leadership Decision Is Visceral 52

Deciding Not to Lead Is an Important Leadership Decision 54

Chapter 5 Leadership Is an Obligation—Step Up 59

The Iron Ring Ceremony 60

What’s It Going to Take? 63

The Five Core Obligations of Leadership 65

The Five Core Obligations in Action 76

Revisiting the Iron Ring Ceremony and What It Means for Leaders 79

Final Thoughts—Leadership Is an Obligation 80

Chapter 6 Leadership Is Hard Work—Get Tough 82

Do We Have Wimps or Leaders in Our Organizations? 83

The 10 Ways Leaders Make the Hard Work Harder 85

Final Thoughts—It’s Time to Get Tough 98

Chapter 7 Leadership Is a Community—Connect 100

The Missed Opportunity 101

We Are Wired for Community 102

A Rotting of Zombies 103

A League of Heroes 104

A Stable of Thoroughbreds 105

It’s Time to Build a Community of Leaders 107

A Strong Community of Leaders—Clarity and Commitment 108

Has Everyone Noticed the Change in the Room? 111

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Community Builder? 113

Final Thoughts—How Is Help Viewed in Your Organization? 115

Chapter 8 Signing the Leadership Contract 117

It’s Time to Sign the Leadership Contract 119

The One Thing You Cannot Do 121

Signing the Document 123

Final Thoughts—Signing the Leadership Contract 124

Chapter 9 The Turning Points of Leadership 126

Revisiting the Turning Points of Leadership 127

Final Thoughts—The Turning Points of Leadership 137

Chapter 10 Living the Leadership Contract 139

The Four Foundational Practices for Living the Leadership Contract 141

Regular Practices for Living the Leadership Contract 152

Final Thoughts—Becoming a Truly Accountable Leader 157

Chapter 11 Embedding the Leadership Contract in Your Organization 159

Leadership Accountability—A Critical Business Issue 162

The Four Strategies to Drive Strong Leadership Accountability 164

Final Thoughts: Driving Leadership Accountability 180

Conclusion 181

Notes 183

Acknowledgments 187

About the Author 191

Index 195

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