The Leadership Contract

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

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A comprehensive blueprint for the enlightened leader
The Leadership Contract is the modern leader's handbook for organizational renewal. Leaders are no longer "rulers," nor are they accidental in today's business climate, leadership is both a trait and a specific set of skills. It's about trust, commitment, communication, and drive. This book shows you how to become the leader your organization needs. You'll go beyond adopting the habits and practices of an effective leader and actually put it in writing to establish a leadership contract that ensures the success of your company. This revised and updated edition includes new coverage of accountability, personal and organizational levels of the leadership contract, new Gut Check summary questions after each chapter, and additional opening and closing remarks to provide key insight into what the leadership role entails.
Recent studies show that only 7 percent of employees have trust and confidence in their senior leaders. How can organizations succeed without the support of their employees? This book aims to build better leaders and establish a true leadership culture that inspires the entire organization.
Learn why a leadership contract is needed and what it entailsDiscover the real impact of your decisions and work ethicMotivate and inspire by making the right connectionsFacilitate a vibrant, positive culture that innovates and thrives
Exceptional leadership is the heart of a successful organization. Employees need to be able to trust in the skills, strategy, judgment, and motivation of those steering the ship. The Leadership Contract provides a blueprint for today's leaders, and guides you toward becoming the leader your employees deserve.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 27mm | 402g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 1119211840
  • 9781119211846
  • 925,725

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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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"The Leadership Contract is focused, easy to understand, and thoughtful. It is an empowering approach to help every leader, regardless of the role he or she plays in an organization, to become more effective. Our global leadership team has begun learning how to put The Leadership Contact into action, and we are all seeing the results." --Ricardo Quintero, President, Movado Group Inc.

"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 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 cofounder and Co-Chairman, Conscious Capitalism Inc.

"Molinaro has written an insightful book. His practical approach and realistic advice on personal accountability and the community of leaders resonated with our leadership team. He challenged us all to step up to do the tough work required to increase trust and confidence with our employees and key stakeholders." --Barbara Meens Thistle, Vice President, Corporate Services, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

"The Leadership Contract helps you understand that choosing to lead is both a decision and a commitment. The book does a great job of helping you work through the personal decisions you must make to develop into a great leader. We have taken all of our leaders through Vince's book and use it as a cornerstone for our new leader development program." --Larry Fultz, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, The Limited

"The ideas in The Leadership Contract are both practical and powerful. Our leaders all over the world have responded positively to Molinaro's strong messages about leadership accountability. As a result, they are clear on what we expect from them and are stepping up to lead our company in an aligned way." --Lyne Desrochers, Vice President, Organizational and Talent Development, SNC-Lavalin
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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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About Vince Molinaro

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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