The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who are Redefining Leadership

The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who are Redefining Leadership

by Danielle Harlan


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Say goodbye to the old model of leadership.

If you want to make an impact—in your work, your life, and the world at large—it’s time to scrap the traditional thinking about leadership. The game is changing. Power is shifting. And a brave new movement of leaders are redefining success, rewriting the rules, and revolutionizing leadership for the modern world. Meet the New Alphas

But their definition of success goes beyond personal achievement.

But they also want to be a force for good in the world.

They use their power and influence to improve the lives of others.
They spark ideas, generate excitement, and make things happen.

If this sounds like the kind of leader you’d like to be, then this book is the roadmap you’ve been waiting for. The New Alpha offers a complete, holistic, interactive program that is designed to help you find meaning and fulfillment in your life while increasing your competency as a leader. It provides a step-by-step, developmental framework for setting goals, building relationships, and using your power and influence to incite positive change. It’s data-driven, customizable, and refreshingly candid about what it takes to be an exceptional leader in a rapidly changing global economy. The old Alpha is dead. Long live The New Alpha.

This step-by-step guide to New Alpha leadership includes:

• Self-assessments that will help you to customize the program to meet your personal needs
• Short- and long-term planning templates, including sample daily plans
• A personalized tracking system, including weekly check-in templates, that will allow you to monitor and increase your progress over time
• Advice for dealing with difficult people and for reaching out to potential mentors and sponsors who will support and encourage you along the way
• Tips, tricks, and tools for being an engaging, inspiring, and supportive leader––who also gets results
• Other essential resources that that will help you to be exceptional and maximize your impact

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781259641916
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 745,716
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Danielle Harlan, PhD is the Founder & CEO of the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential, an organization devoted to helping individuals, organizations, and institutions be exceptional and maximize their impact. Named one of Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40, Danielle completed her doctorate at Stanford University and has taught courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and U.C. Berkeley Extension’s Corporate and Professional Development Program. She’s also a TEDx speaker and has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, and Women’s Health. Harlan also operates a popular blog on leadership (

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the New Alpha Movement xiii

Jamila and Jarrod: A Tale of Two Alphas xiii

Who Are the New Alphas? xv

How This Book Is Different xvii

How This Book Is Organized xviii

Our Contract xx

Part I Personal Excellence

1 Demonstrate Character and Ethics 5

Self-Assessment 6

Show Kindness and Generosity 7

Be Courageous and Act with Integrity 10

Cultivate Humility 13

Be Industrious 16

Practice Good Citizenship and Stewardship 19

Wrap-Up and Tracking Progress 24

2 Build Positive and Productive Relationships with Others 27

Self-Assessment 28

Developing Emotional Intelligence 30

Seeking out and Maintaining Relationships with High-Quality People 39

Understanding and Leading Effectively Across Lines of Difference 48

Minimizing Time Spent with Toxic People 53

Wrap-Up and Tracking Progress 56

3 Prioritize Your Health and Wellness 59

Self-Assessment 60

Your Results 63

Eat Well 64

Stay Hydrated 67

Get Enough Sleep 68

Exercise Regularly 70

Manage Stress 73

Wrap-Up and Tracking Progress 76

4 Develop a Mindset for Success 79

Self-Assessment 80

Be Proactive 83

Be Confident and Optimistic 86

Cultivate Zest 89

Develop Grit 91

Be Adaptable 93

Be Curious 95

Think Creatively 97

Practice Gratitude 99

Have a Sense of Humor 101

Embrace Failure and Continuous Improvement 102

Wrap-Up and Tracking Progress 104

5 Psychological and Organizational Strategies to Help You Achieve Your Goals 107

Staying Focused 108

Overcoming Procrastination 109

Optimizing Your Efficiency 111

Managing Your Mental and Emotional Well-Being 113

Dealing with Criticism 116

Part II Personal Leadership

6 Define Your Persona! Leadership Identity 123

Leading Effectively While Being Your Best and Most Authentic Self 125

A Five-Step Process for Finding and Internalizing Your Personal Leadership Identity 126

7 Identify Your Vision 141

Developing a Vision for Your Life: How It Works 142

A Four-Step Plan for Crafting a Vision (and Vision Board) for Your Ideal Life 143

8 Develop Your Plan 159

Developing a Plan: How It Works 160

Six Steps to Turn Your Vision into a Workable Plan of Action 161

9 Execute Your Plan 171

Executing Your Plan: How It Works 172

Creating a Daily Achievement Plan 173

Reviewing Progress 178

Develop Your New Alpha Personal Plan for Next Year 183

Part III Team and Organizational Leadership

10 Identify the Vision 189

Six Steps for Crafting a Compelling Vision 189

Help Your People Connect Their Work to the Vision 195

Build a Culture That Supports the Vision 196

Stay Current 207

11 Develop the Plan 209

Six Steps to Turn Your Vision into a Workable Plan of Action 211

Communicate the Plan 215

Identify the Right Support Structures for the Plan 217

12 Execute the Plan 219

Understand What Your People Do 220

Set and Clarify Expectations 221

Assign and Delegate Work with Your Team Members' Personal Leadership Identities in Mind 222

Check Progress and Follow Up 223

Conduct Effective Meetings 226

13 Sustaining Progress, Growth, and Motivation 229

Communicate, Communicate, and Communicate Some More 229

Admit Your Mistakes 231

Champion Innovation and Continuous Improvement 232

Resolve Interpersonal Conflicts 233

Make Good and Timely Decisions 235

Manage Up 236

Support Growth and Development 237

Connect Everything Back to the Vision 239

Congratulations and Advice for the Road 241

Notes 243

Acknowledgments 247

Index 253

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