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12 Steps to Power Presence: How to Assert Your Authority to Lead Paperback – April 6, 2010

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“A succinct guide, punctuated with real-life examples, this book is a good and easy read for new leaders or managers who are looking to revisit the fundamentals of leadership.” --HR Management Magazine

Book Description

Power Presence demonstrates ways managers can improve their presence strategically and tactically to develop the trust of their people so that they can accomplish their goals and the goals of the organization. There are 12 chapters that will guide you through the process of discovering, developing, and delivering on your leadership presence.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814416918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814416914
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, and author of more than dozen books that have been translated into 10 languages including Mandarin, Hungarian, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. John serves as chair of leadership development at N2Growth, a global leadership consultancy.

In 2015, Trust Across America named John to its list of top 100 most trusted business experts for the second consecutive year. In 2014, Inc.com named John to its list of top 50 experts for leadership and management and top 100 list of leadership speakers. And Global Gurus named John number 11 on its list of top thirty global leadership experts. John was first named to this prestigious list in 2007.

John has taught what it means to inspire at the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies. At sea level in Orlando, Florida, John spoke to nearly one thousand USAF/JAG commissioned and non-commissioned officers on leadership and communication. And his book, Lead Your Boss, was hailed by Harvard Business Review as a "guide that provides useful advice... [and] is encouraging and inspirational."

John began his business career in a fifteenth floor office with a view of a private golf course. Around the corner was a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. In between was a recording studio where John produced and edited corporate radio spots worked with Fortune 500 executives in leadership communications and development. But John gave that all up to start his own business in the spare bedroom of a beachfront rental more than three decades ago.

In time, John established a career as a highly sought after communications and leadership consultant, where he had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care.

John's newest book is MOXIE: The Secret of Bold and Gusty Leadership, which explores the grit and determination leaders need to exert to overcome challenges. Blending real-life stories with research and interviews, John provides a roadmap for how leaders can lead with greater awareness, more determined purpose and focused engagement in order to achieve inspired results.

His tenth book, Lead With Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself, solidified John's reputation for blending thought-provoking ideas with pragmatic advice. Over the past decade John has established himself as world authority on topics that matter to leaders who are seeking insight into leadership challenges of the day.

His 2012 book, The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips and Techniques for Any Situation, has been recognized as a practical resource for those seeking to improve their leadership skills. His follow-up book, The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence, has provided insights that managers need to present their messages and themselves authentically.

Through his books and his over 500 columns for leading business publications including Forbes.com, Harvard Business Review, Inc. and many others, John has become a source of practical wisdom on topics such as influencing without authority, applying power appropriately, leading with grace and conviction, and developing genuine followership. All of these topics complement John's mission to help individuals and their organization achieve positive results.

John speaks widely to corporate, professional, military and university audiences. Those who attend John's keynotes and workshops find his advice to be practical and his advice inspirations. Mixed with stories of great men and women, and leavened with light-hearted humor, John seeks down-to-earth practical advice that individuals can apply immediately. John's presentations blend his passion for leadership with genuine enthusiasm for helping people achieve their leadership ambitions.

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The book jacket describes the book providing "everything you need to fulfill your leadership potential and become the leader you want to be - and your team needs you to be." Bit of a stretch given the book is 56 pages long and can be read in 30 minutes. That being said, Author does capture the essence of leadership in his 12 steps.

"Step 11: Coaching Your Boss" ('Give honest feedback from peers...be straight and tell the boss how he is doing...do not sugarcoat...if boss is letting deadlines slip, tell him') needed additional context - you better have a very good relationship with your boss and be speaking to someone who is open in receiving feedback or you'll be "coaching" yourself out of a job. That being said, the book is well written - easy reading - and supported by examples. 12 Steps to Power Presence is a high level primer best suited for new leaders or managers - and it never hurts to revisit the fundamentals especially if you've been in the game for a while.

The 12 steps are:

1) What is leadership presence?
2) Character counts.
3) Five Attributes of Authority
4) Leveraging Power
5) Be Decision
6) Be Straight with People
7) Appearance Does Matter
8) Instill Pride of Purpose
9) To Lead is to Assert
10)Projecting Hope and Optimism
11)Coaching Your Boss
12)Promote Yourself

Two of my favorite passages:

"Leadership is more than style, more than communications. It is the projection of the leader's authentic self. That authenticity is made up of a person's beliefs and convictions and reinforced by behavior. That is, it's not `talking the talk' that matters, it's `walking the walk' that makes a difference."

"All of us want to belong to something greater than ourselves, and inspiration is essential. Authority coupled with a sense of aspiration bonds people to the leader."
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John baldoni has published really useful materials, so I went and purchased this book. Actually calling it a book is inacurrate, it is a booklet. Very thin, with 12 steps that are very basic, common sensical, and are covered at such a high level that I did not find any value in the book.

Not that the 12 principles are wrong. I just think there is not enough detail for a beginner and there is not enough meat for someone with experience. Actually I stopped reading after 2/3rd of the booklet.

Unless you need something very academic and basic, I suggest you look elsewhere.
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Very concise without the fluff.
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