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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605093459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605093451
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Arneson founded Arneson Leadership Consulting to provide executive talent management, coaching and leadership development solutions to corporations and non-profit organizations. He was named one of America’s Top 100 thought leaders on leadership and one of the country’s Top 25 leadership coaches for 2008-2009 by Leadership Excellence magazine.  Steve also writes a national weekly leadership column for Examiner.com. Steve has served as the head of Learning, Leadership Development, & Talent Management at five Fortune 300 companies: Capital One, AOL, Time Warner Cable, and divisions of Yum Brands and PepsiCo. 

Foreword author Dave Ulrich is a university professor, speaker, and bestselling author of Human Resource Champions.


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As President of Arneson Leadership Consulting, Steve Arneson has a passion for helping leaders grow and develop their leadership brand.

Through his consulting, coaching, books, and speaking engagements, Steve provides break-through leadership solutions at the individual, team, and enterprise level for organizations around the world. Dr. Arneson consults with and coaches executives at companies such as General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Time Warner, Siemens, PayPal, BNY Mellon, Marriott, Freddie Mac, UTC and many others, and brings a realistic and practical approach to leadership development.

Steve's prior experience includes roles as the head of Leadership Development and Talent Management at Capital One, Time Warner Cable, AOL, and a division of PepsiCo. At Capital One, Steve and his team built the leadership platform that was twice recognized by Fortune magazine with inclusion on their Top 20 Companies for Leaders list.

Steve is the author of Bootstrap Leadership and What Your Boss Really Wants From You, both published by Berrett-Koehler. He has been named one of the Top 100 thought leaders on leadership and one of America's top 10 executive coaches by Leadership Excellence magazine.

Steve speaks regularly to corporate and association audiences about the self-development concepts in his books. Leading an engaging and interactive session, Steve brings his passion, ideas and coaching tips to leaders across the world. He earned a M.A. in organizational psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa. Steve lives in Boulder, CO and can be reached at www.arnesonleadership.com.

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Very realistic and easy to read.
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Dr. Arneson also brings his suggestions to light using his own experiences (both good and bad) as examples.
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This was a great read for aspiring managers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Roche on June 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Arneson's book is a must read! I knew it would be a well written, concise and compelling book as I have been a long time fan of Steve's articles in the online Leadership Examiner. Steve speaks from experience not only from the years of coaching others, but from his own personal development journey. Each idea, tool or exercise for development is outlined in a hard hitting, easy to read and pragmatic manner. It is organized so that one can easily refer back to the various sections and actually use it as a GPS for navigating development. Steve's practical approach is coupled with humor and wisdom. This book is for new leaders and seasoned veterans as keeping up with the world and the changing global conditions we face makes it impossible not to continually stretch ourselves to learn, grow and make a difference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Douglas Rose on May 19, 2010
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Bootstrap Leadership is a practical, engaging compendium of steps we can all take to develop ourselves as leaders. It's easy to read as well as humorous and insightful. Steve Arneson does a great job taking high-level concepts and translating them into practical suggestions that we can easily apply to our own careers. Each chapter comes with 3-4 "Bootstrap Takeaways" that capture the key points so you can use them going forward.

Another great feature of Bootstrap Leadership is that the chapters don't necessarily need to be read in order. If you have an interest in a particular topic area you can read ahead and cover that issue without missing out for not having read prior chapters. Dr. Arneson also brings his suggestions to light using his own experiences (both good and bad) as examples. This personalizes the ideas and makes them resonate particularly well -- certainly more than in most business books I read.

If you're serious about developing your leadership skills and think you might be "looking at things the wrong way," then Bootstrap Leadership is a great buy. From how to assess your own strengths and weaknesses to how to build and manage a network, to how to connect with your employees in more meaningful ways...Bootstrap Leadership leads you step by step towards becoming a better leader.

What's not to like about that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oscarvina on December 25, 2012
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Very realistic and easy to read. Great stuff to learn how to discover your own mistakes in relationship- work and personal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KEllison on September 20, 2011
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This was a great read for aspiring managers. Purchased for a Young Professionals Association book club and enjoyed this very much!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Mitchell on January 7, 2011
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I recently took on a new leadership role and wanted to polish my leadership skills. A friend gave me this wonderfully insightful book, which is filled with tips and techniques for developing yourself as a leader. Bootstrap Leadership was written by Steve Arneson, who is an expert in the field of leadership development. In this easy-to-read book, Steve takes you on a journey of self-development that really will make you a more effective people leader. The book contains 50 short chapters, each a different idea for developing your own leadership skills, and all of them are practical and relevant to today's managers and leaders - whether you're in a big or small company. I was able to apply some of the ideas immediately, and my people have responded quite positively to my development efforts. If you want to work on your leadership skills, get this book. It's like having your own personal leadership coach!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on November 30, 2010
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How can you become a better leader? Leadership training expert Steve Arneson provides 50 different leadership development ideas he has tested at such Fortune 500 companies as PepsiCo, AOL and Capital One. Few of Arneson's ideas require money, but they all take commitment. You can learn how to become a better leader by reading his book and following his suggestions. With so many different topics, Arneson offers a plethora of valuable tips about strengthening your leadership skills. Most of his suggestions are very solid, though some are a little silly (show your colleagues a PowerPoint presentation about your career) and some are routine ("always sit up straight, put on a positive attitude and dress sharp"). Arneson is a respected leadership coach with a great deal to offer executives who want to become better leaders. getAbstract believes that astute readers will appreciate his advice and tailor it to meet their individual circumstances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 14, 2010
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A good leader always thinks of a way to make their business succeed. "Bootstrap Leadership: 50 Ways to Break Out, Take Charge, and Move Up" is a guide to pushing oneself further to the next level of business through your own determination and will. Stating that businesses that encourage leadership and ideas often flourish further, "Bootstrap Leadership" is an uplifting and sensible business guide that encourages readers to never shun a good idea or potential leader.
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