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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814416918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814416914
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, author and speaker. John is the chair of the leadership development practice at N2growth, a global leadership consultancy with practice areas in leadership development, organizational development, and executive search.

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, The Subtle Art of Managing Up, was selected as a notable leadership book for fall 2009.

In 2014 Trust Across America named John to its list of Top 100 most trustworthy business experts. Again in 2014 Global Gurus ranked John No. 11 on its list of global leadership gurus. John has been on this list every year since 2007.

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 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.

In Fall 2011 John published his tenth book, Lead With Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself. Over the past decade, John has established himself as a world authority on on topics that matter to leaders who are seeking insight into leadership challenges of the day. Through his books and many columns for leading business publications, 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 organizations achieve positive results.

As a recognized global thought leader, John's executive coaching helps managers to achieve positive results by focusing on communication, influence, motivation and supervision. John specializes in leadership presence, which he defines as "demonstrating earned authority." John's coaching clients including Fortune 1000 companies as well as non-profits.

John is a regular online contributor to CBSi/BNET, Bloomberg/Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review. John's columns have appeared in the online versions of FastCompany, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post well as Leader to Leader and the Wharton Leadership Digest.

John has been quoted by scores of publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Globe and Mail (Canada), HR Management, and the Washington Post. Additionally John has appeared on many radio programs, including the national version of the Michael Smerconish Show. Reviews of his work have appeared in a number of publications including Investor's Business Daily, Training & Development, Sales & Marketing Management, WashingtonPost.com and The Hindu.

John has created a video coaching series for Athena Online and a series of coaching podcasts for CXO Media. These forms of media give John the opportunity to reach a wider audience with his leadership insights designed to help managers become effective leaders.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Kanigan VINE VOICE on May 8, 2010
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo VINE VOICE on July 22, 2011
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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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