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

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Step up, get tough, and commit to your decision to lead
The Leadership Contract provides the manual that leaders around the world need. With only seven percent of employees feeling confident in senior leadership, the problem is evident: disappointing, and often disgraceful leaders. Employees deserve better than that; organizations need better than that?and this book provides a robust framework for stepping up and making the decision to lead. This new third edition has been updated, featuring a new foreword by Adecco CEO Alain Dehaze, new findings from the Global Leadership Accountability Study, and more insights to help you chart your own path to build strong leadership accountability at a personal and organizational level.
Great leadership doesn?t happen by accident. It?s more than just being in charge; it?s a decision, an obligation and potentially your legacy. Mediocre is no longer good enough?in today?s business climate, organizations need stellar leadership. If you?re not exceptional, step up or step aside ? this book helps you toughen up and put your commitment to great leadership in writing for yourself as much as everyone else.



Learn how a leadership contract is vital for truly accountable leadership

Discover the mindset and practices needed to be a deliberate and decisive leader

Communicate to inspire, motivate, and drive high performance

Become the leader your organization needs today and into the future



Leadership is not a birthright, not an accident, and not for everyone. It is the only differentiator between an organization?s success and failure, and it has been entrusted to you. Can you step up to the challenge? Can you execute strategy while inspiring peak performance, nurturing top talent, managing complexity, creating value, conquering uncertainty, and yes, developing new leaders? Put your name on the line?literally?by drawing up a contract for leadership accountability. The Leadership Contract provides a proven and practical framework used by companies and leaders around the world. Join them and take your leadership to next level.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 27mm | 492g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd Edition
  • 111944053X
  • 9781119440536
  • 499,732

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PRAISE FOR THE LEADERSHIP CONTRACT

"The Leadership Contract calls out the leadership crisis in today's world and thoughtfully lays out the ingredients to address this in each of us. Leadership is about hard work, embracing personal accountability, and remembering it is always about serving others. Molinaro is both practical and inspirational in his book and is clear if you are not ready to make a conscious choice to lead then stand aside for those who will." --Michelle DiEmanuele, president and CEO, Trillium Health Partners

"When leaders decide to step up and lead, they often feel energized by that decision. But what comes next? Vince Molinaro brings a practical approach and realistic advice to help leaders bring that commitment to life. The book helps you work through the critical decisions and actions to develop into a great and impactful leader." --Dr. Martha Maznevski, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Ivey Business School, Western University

"Vince Molinaro's book throws the gauntlet down for leaders today. He asks them to make the commitment to principled leadership, and to step up and be truly accountable. This is a timely and important book!" --Chester Elton, motivation expert and bestselling author of Leading with Gratitude, All In, The Carrot Principle and What Motivates Me

"Dr. Molinaro's important book challenges leaders to become more deliberate and conscious in how they lead. This approach is desperately needed in our world today. It's time for all leaders to decide to make their organizations truly great in a way that has a strong and positive impact on society." --Dr. Raj Sisodia, FW Olin distinguished professor of global business at Babson College and co-founder and co-chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

"The Leadership Contract is a powerful book. We have had the good fortune of implementing the principles and ideas with our leaders. We have seen them elevate their game, strengthen their character, and come together to drive the growth of our firm. If you need your leaders to step up, this book provides the formula for success." --Barb Bahry, Vice President, Director, Organizational Development, Odlum Brown Limited
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Over the next decade, companies across all industries will need to undergo radical transformations to survive in our rapidly evolving, digital-centric society. Those unable to become agile and adaptive will lose market share and be replaced by innovative competitors. The key to making the massive, organization-wide conversions is quality leadership, plain and simple. Right now, too many businesses don't have it.

For everyone who has successfully executed change with previous editions and those preparing for it for the first time, strategic leadership authority Vince Molinaro refreshed and updated his New York Times bestselling guide, The Leadership Contract, to ensure it remains the most effective approach to becoming an accountable and high-performing leader. This new, expanded Third Edition explores why old leadership approaches are now obsolete in today's world, and gives you the widely proven strategy for earning devotion from employees and customers, along with respect from stakeholders.

The bottom line is accountability. To be an exceptional leader, you first need to decide to take the lead. In Vince's direct, eye-opening style, he provides a strategic perspective and practical actions. He gives you hands-on tools for making a contract with yourself to develop into the next-generation leader in demand worldwide. He brings his vast experience with globally recognized brands to his explanations in fresh, real-world stories of people upholding their commitment to themselves and others. Reflective questions in each chapter provide authoritative guidance along your way to: Answering the tough questions about why you want to lead, and how committed you truly are to being an accountable leader Living up to your obligations as a leader Finding the resilience and personal resolve to get the tough work done in the face of daily pressures Connecting with colleagues to build a strong community of trust, support, transparency, and accountability

Now more than ever, organizations need a plan to survive disruption, and The Leadership Contract, Third Edition, gives you everything you need to compel yourself to think and act for agility.
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Table of contents

Foreword xi


Introduction xiii


The Pressures Leaders Face Today xvii


Redefining How You Lead to Meet Ever-Increasing Expectations xviii


The Leadership Contract xxi


Why I Wrote the Third Edition of This Book xxiii


A Word of Warning xxiv


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


How Do You Transform Your Leaders? 16


Reflecting on My Leadership Story 18


Chapter 2 What's Wrong with Leadership Today? 20


Leadership Is Disappointing 21


Leadership Is Disconnected 24


Leadership Is Disgraceful 26


How Did We Get Here? 28


We Need the Leadership Development Industry to Step Up and Be Accountable 32


It's Time We Stop Settling-and Start Expecting More 35


Chapter 3 The Leadership Accountability Gap 37


Understanding the Leadership Accountability Gap: Study Findings 3


The Satisfaction with Leadership Accountability by Level of Leader 41


The Relationship between Leadership Accountability and Company Performance 42


The Three Dimensions of Leadership Accountability: Behaviors, Organizational Practices, and Culture 43


The Behaviors of Truly Accountable Leaders 44


The Organizational Practices to Build Strong Leadership Accountability 47


The Attributes of Leadership Culture 49


Final Thoughts-Building Strong Leadership Accountability: The Road Ahead 52


Chapter 4 Why We Need a Leadership Contract 54


Do You Know What You've Signed Up For? 57


The Leadership Contract and Its Four Terms 58


Chapter 5 Leadership Is a Decision-Make It 63


Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Be a Leader Anymore? 64


Why You Need to Make the Leadership Decision 65


The Two Kinds of Leadership Decisions 68


Big D and small d Leadership Decisions-Clarity and Commitment 72


A Real Leadership Decision Is Visceral 75


Deciding Not to Lead Is an Important Leadership Decision 76


Chapter 6 Leadership Is an Obligation-Step Up 82


The Iron Ring Ceremony 83


What's It Going to Take? 86


The Five Core Obligations of Leadership 87


The Five Core Obligations in Action 97


Revisiting the Iron Ring Ceremony and What It Means for Leaders 100


Final Thoughts-Leadership Is an Obligation 101


Chapter 7 Leadership Is Hard Work-Get Tough 102


Do We Have Wimps or Leaders in Our Organizations? 105


The 10 Ways Leaders Make the Hard Work Harder 108


Final Thoughts-Leadership Is Hard Work 121


Chapter 8 Leadership Is a Community-Connect 124


The Missed Opportunity 126


We Are Wired for Community 127


A Rotting of Zombies 128


A League of Heroes 129


A Stable of Thoroughbreds 130


It's Time to Build a Community of Leaders 132


A Strong Community of Leaders-Clarity and Commitment 133


Has Everyone Noticed the Change in the Room? 136


Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Community Builder? 138


Final Thoughts-Leadership Is a Community 140


Chapter 9 Sign the Leadership Contract 142


It's Time to Sign the Leadership Contract 143


The One Thing You Cannot Do 145


Signing the Document 147


Final Thoughts-Signing the Leadership Contract 148


Chapter 10 The Turning Points of Leadership 150


Revisiting the Turning Points of Leadership 151


Final Thoughts-the Turning Points of Leadership 163


Chapter 11 Living the Four Terms of the Leadership Contract 165


The Four Foundational Practices for Living the Leadership Contract 167


Regular Practices for Living the Leadership Contract 178


Final Thoughts-Becoming a Truly Accountable Leader 183


Chapter 12 Embed the Leadership Contract in Your Organization 184


The Four Strategies to Drive Strong Leadership Accountability 187


Final Thoughts-Building Strong Leadership Accountability in Your Organization 206


Afterword 207


Acknowledgments 209


Notes 212


Index 215


About the Author 231


Commit to Great Leadership and Implement it Today 233


Bring the Leadership Contract into Your Organization 235


About The Adecco Group 237


About Lee Hecht Harrison 239
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About Vince Molinaro

VINCE MOLINARO, PHD, is a global leadership adviser, speaker, and researcher on leadership accountability. As the founder and CEO of Leadership Contract Inc., Dr. Molinaro travels the world helping organ- izations build vibrant leadership cultures with truly accountable leaders. He is The New York Times bestselling author of The Leadership Contract, Accountable Leaders, Leadership Solutions, and The Leadership Gap.
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