The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

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In their bestselling work The ExtraordinaryLeader, performance thought leaders JohnZenger and Joseph Folkman revealed the 16key competencies that separate the top 10percent of leaders from the rest. Since thatbook's publication, they and coauthor ScottEdinger discovered, through an extensivestudy conducted over four years, that leaderswho possessed the ability to inspire and motivateoutperformed all others.

The authors found that the impact of inspiringand motivating others is consistent acrossdifferent kinds of organizations and withindifferent cultures. The Inspiring Leader revealsthe authors' newest proprietary research onhow top leaders inspire teams to greatness.It discusses the behaviors exhibited by themost successful leaders and includes adviceon how to implement them. Drawing fromstatistically significant data and objective empiricalevidence, the book shows how to:

Establish a clear vision and directionUse the power of emotionsCreate stretch goals for your teamFoster innovation and risk takingEncourage teamwork and collaborationChampion change, and much more
Zenger, Folkman, and Edinger lay out thestrategies and concepts used by the world'sgreatest leaders to motivate their teams. WithThe Inspiring Leader as your guide, you willlearn how to put those strategies to work inyour own business.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 163 x 236 x 24mm | 532g
  • McGraw-Hill Professional
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0071621245
  • 9780071621243
  • 250,311

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The highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling The Extraordinary Leader

The result of extensive research conducted over a four-year period, this breakthrough leadership book reveals the principles and behaviors top leaders use to build an emotional connection between themselves and their teams.

"While providing the same practical 'hard science' approach to bring focus and value, this writing advances the practice of leadership development with new insight, new advice, and new inspiration for all of us to grow."
-Kevin D. Wilde, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, (2007 CLO of the Year), General Mills, Inc.

"The Inspiring Leader provides new insights into how leaders can improve the results of their organization through inspiration."
-Bill Blase, Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources, AT&T Corp.

"The real importance of this book is the clear and simple road map it provides on how to lead in ways that release the seldom fully tapped performance power in our organizations."
-Michael A. Peel, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Yale University

"Finally a book that provides empirical evidence that inspirational leaders consistently produce superior results."
-Kevin Rhein, Group Executive Vice President, Card Services and Consumer Lending, Wells Fargo Bank

"Following the steps recommended by the authors will enhance leadership skills, influence employee engagement, and impact business results. A real winner."
-Pam Poggi, Vice President, Corporate Human Resources Development, Safeway, Inc.
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Table of contents

1.The most important leadership skill
2.The power of competency companions
3.Behaviors that clearly don't work
4.Setting stretch goals
5.Creating vision and direction
6.Communicating powerfully
7.Encouraging innovation and risk taking
8.Developing others
9.Teamwork and collaboration
10.Fostering accountability and ownership for results
11. Championing change
12.Being a role model
13. Conclusion-How to implement these skills on a regular basis
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About John Zenger

John H. Zenger, D.B.A., is CEO of Zenger Folkman, a firm that helps organizations and individuals improve leadership effectiveness that, in turn, drives business results. These results include increasing employee engagement, retention, productivity, and bottom-line profitability. He is a member of the HRD Hall of Fame and has authored or coauthored eight books and 50 articles on leadership, productivity, and teams.
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