Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders

Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders

by Alan Deutschman
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Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders by Alan Deutschman

Most leaders focus too much on what they say and not nearly enough on setting an example. This audiobook shows what happened in those unusual cases of true leaders—in business, education, the military, and nonprofits—who always walked the walk, especially when times got tough. In a skeptical world, their actions gave them more credibility than even the best possible speeches. Consider how

• Herb Kelleher and Colleen Barrett of Southwest Airlines were serious about putting employees first, and proved it by sticking to a no-layoffs policy while other airlines made major cuts.

• Sony founder Masuro Ibuka, who stressed originality over profits, waited for years while his competitors made color televisions—and then released the Trinitron, a breakthrough product that blew the other sets out of the water.

• Martin Luther King Jr. was so committed to nonviolence that he let a racist detractor beat him up in front of a crowded auditorium rather than raise a hand against him.

Ultimately, leadership doesn’t depend on who you are, what you say, or how you say it, but only on what you do. The eye-opening examples in Walk the Walk will inspire leaders at all levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591842781
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/03/2009
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alan Deutschman’s widely acclaimed Change or Die debunked our myths about this crucial topic and revealed the surprising truths about what actually inspires and motivates real change. He has been the Silicon Valley correspondent for Fortune, a senior writer at Fast Company, a senior writer and columnist at GQ, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and New York. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Wired, and Salon. He is also the former executive director of Unboundary, a consulting firm with clients including FedEx, Charles Schwab, and Coca-Cola. He gives speeches about change at leadership conferences.

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leadership_consultant More than 1 year ago
Walk the Walk will become essential reading for all the leaders I serve as a consultant. Alan Deutschman writes a practical, comprehensively brief and readable book about the most critical element of leadership -- demonstrating through your actions that you mean what you say. By naming leaders throughout history and into the present, Alan courageously exposes the leaders who have provided us with the real life examples of how they did, or did not, walk the walk in accordance to their words. This book explains why mission statements in organizations become revered or reviled by the employess because leadership displays congruent or incongruent behaviors with the words that are set forth to inspire the employees who work for them. Alan's mission to provide an elegantly simple and pointed account of true leadership is accomplished. Dr. Megan Neyer, Total Performance Systems, Inc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walk the Walk is a major hit! This book is the best book on leadership by far!! It is unique in that the author, Alan Deutschman, develops criteria for leadership and identifies people and corporations whose success is based on following their goals. The book is most readable and enjoyable! This is a must read for all with an interest in leadership!
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