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Real stories. Real leaders. Real inspiration.

Whether it's Magic Johnson excelling in business as well as basketball, Ernest Shackleton leading men out of Antarctica, or Mary Kay Ash building a people-centric cosmetics empire, these legendary figures have redefined the meaning of a great leader. With inspiring stories of leaders in a wide variety of fields that outline their guiding principles, Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders provides life lessons that will motivate you to your greatest potential.

"Great Motivation Secrets gets to the heart of how leaders create conditions for motivation to occur by energizing their minds, encouraging their hearts, and exhorting their spirits."--John Maxwell, America's pre-eminent author on leadership and founder of Maximum Impact

"When John Baldoni writes on leadership, I pay close attention. Great Motivation Secrets is his best book yet."--Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic

"John Baldoni has written a very readable and useful book on motivation. He mixes sound advice on motivational techniques with entertaining and relevant examples from leaders past and present."--Personal comments of Dr. A. Peter Green, Vice President, Pfizer Global Research & Development

"Baldoni reveals insights you can put into practice to achieve the right results, the right way, right now!"--James G. O'Connor, Group Vice President, North America Marketing Sales and Service, Ford Motor Company

"Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders reveals what we all must do if we are to be great at inspiring others to a cause."--Michael Useem, professor and director of the Wharton School's Leadership Center and author of Leading Up and The Leadership Moment.

"John Baldoni provides us with insight into the successful motivational techniques and abilities of some of our great leaders. Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders will be required reading for everyone in our leadership development program."

Michael L. Bivens, V.P. Kellogg's Morning Foods Learning & Development

Behind every great success story

is a great motivation to succeed.

It drives us, inspires us, and compels us to reach for the most impossible of dreams. It is that indefinable ingredient we call motivation--and it is the key factor that separates ordinary people from the truly great leaders of our world. Motivation, however, can't be forced or faked. It is the responsibility of every great leader to create conditions that will empower individuals and teams to get things done in ways that they find enriching and fulfilling. Once motivated, they become transformed; they want to achieve, they want to do well. Why? Because their work matters--to their boss, to their teams, and to themselves.

This remarkable new book by John Bondoni explores the many ways that motivation has worked for others--and how it can work for you. Through the incredible life stories of highly successful men and women, Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders draws its action-ready principles from real-world examples. These leaders are an eclectic mix from different walks of life and different moments in time. There is a unifying theme; each knew, or knows, how to create conditions for people to motivate themselves. Some like Ernest Shackleton and Magic Johnson are outgoing men of action; others like Crazy Horse are soft-spoken role models. Thich Nhat Hanh, Frances Hesselbein and David Hackworth are eloquent communicators and outstanding manager-leaders. Pat Summitt and Colleen Barrett are coaches, one of college basketball, the other of Southwest Airlines. Mary Kay Ash and Sam Walton are successful entrepreneurs, as are Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig. Each possesses a unique style that draws people in. People want to participate in whatever the leader is doing, whether it's playing a sport, running a business, or exploring uncharted territory. And each of these leaders has an inspirational story to tell--a story with important lessons for us all.

This unique combination of leadership principles and real-life stories can easily be applied to your own career and your own dreams, linking personal actions to organizational results. Each chapter is filled with practical and proven techniques that can bring people together, raise enthusiasm for any endeavor, and focus individual energies on mutual goals. As an added bonus, the book's key messages and leadership lessons are highlighted in a handy section in the back for easy reference and special motivation.

Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders is truly a book of inspiration, one that will motivate you to motivate others--and make your dreams come true.

About the Author

John Baldoni is a leadership communications consultant who works with Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Kellogg's and Pfizer as well as non-profits including the University of Michigan. He also speaks on leadership topics to audiences in the public and private sectors. His articles are widely published and he is the author of five books on leadership, including Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders. Readers are welcome to visit his leadership resource website at


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071447741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071447744
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, 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, 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Goulston on January 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Motivation pumps people up, but is often temporary and leaves when the "pumper" leaves. Inspiration lifts you up and remains when you leave. More than just show and explain how these great leaders motivate, this terrific book demonstrates how these leaders inspired their people to be all that they could be... and then some.

If you want to infuse energy in your people at work or in your personal life, you will be lifted up and pumped up by Baldoni's book and want to pass the energy on.

You remember stories long after concepts have left your mind. The stories that GREAT MOTIVATION SECRETS tells will stay with you long enough to emulate the "best practices" of these great leaders so that one day you, too, will have great stories of your own.

A must read for anyone who wants to energize the people around them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Blakely on June 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've always seen motivation as more than what most do. It isn't something that is short lived if we don't want it to be. Like anything motivation can be kept alive through the use of logical steps.

You won't just stay on a feverish plateau as you have following an inspiring speech, you have to internalize it. You do this with discipline. You continue to use what you're motivated toward until it is a part of you. When that has happened, you get to a higher appreciation of what your goal is and then you give it to others. When they receive it and act on it, the originator receives feedback that re-energizes him as well. This cycle can continue as long as the cycle continues.

This latter part of motivation seems to be what Mr. Baldoni has captured very nicely. Motivation is almost like a skill, the more you use and refine it, the stronger it becomes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peach on March 14, 2011
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This book is great because it gives examples of companies, people who run it and how it changed not only the success of the company, but why. This is how the bottom line (production and finances) meets the human side (how to communicate effectively with trust of your employees). It's a must read of how the United States will become a great leader in all aspects of business, education, and healthcare. We have just focused so much on the bottom line, that there is an imbalance on the worker's side. When we reach a balance, that's when the United States will become a leader in the global market.
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Long ago I concluded that one person cannot motivate another person but it is possible to inspire another person to be self-motivated. This is not a matter of semantics; rather, of ownership. John Baldoni seems to be among those who agree. I read this book when it was first published (2005) and recently re-read it, curious to know how well John Baldoni's insights have held up since then. In my opinion, they are more valuable now than they were then, given the much greater importance that effective communication now has in a multi-cultural as well as multi-dimensional global marketplace.

These are the great leaders on whom Baldoni focuses, listed in alpha order:

Mary Kay Ash
Colleen Barrett
Crazy Horse
Colonel David Hackworth
Frances Hesselbein
Bob Hope
Earvin ("Magic") Johnson
Ronald Reagan
Paul Saginaw
Sir Ernest Shackleton
Pat Summit
Thich Nthat Hanh
Sam Walton
Ari Weinzweig

He shares a remarkably substantial amount of information about each. These are mini-profiles of exceptional substance. He matches each with an appropriate dimension of leadership (e.g. communication, innovation, inspiration, mindfulness, motivation) as its role model. In fact, most exemplify several. Hesselbein as a communicator, for example, or Johnson and Walton as an entrepreneur whose achievements can encourage others.

Clarification: If I understand Baldoni correctly (and I may not), the greatness of a leader is primarily based on what that person has inspired others to accomplish.
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