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The High Impact Leader Hardcover – July 19, 2005

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Moments matter in accelerating authentic leadership development

The High Impact Leader takes you beyond static and inflexible leadership "rules" to help you develop hands-on leadership skills within the unpredictable, often chaotic framework of everyday life. This results-based examination features wide-ranging research and examples of how real-world leadership has developed over the past century. It details a program for accelerating your authentic leadership development that is realistic and achievable, for individuals in virtually any personal or professional environment.

Written by veteran researchers in the Gallup Leadership Institute and based on innovative leadership-building models and tools, The High Impact Leader provides you with:

  • A step-by-step process for helping you understand how to transform yourself into an exceptional leader
  • Tools presented in the book and accessible through the web for managing and measuring personal progress toward authentic leadership development
  • Strategies for building a pool of leadership-ready individuals in any organization

Authentic leadership is essential for transforming average results into breakthrough success. The High Impact Leader steers around buzzwords and silver bullets to reveal what you can do to achieve positive, organic growth fueling sustainable success--and what you must do to develop and nurture authentic leadership within yourself and your organization.

Life presents each of us with a series of positive and negative moments, both carefully scripted and completely unplanned. Whether they appear monumental or inconsequential at the time, many are destined to become key moments that profoundly shape our destinies, if we are prepared to take advantage of them.

High-achieving individuals understand the potential in these key moments and draw full value from them to realize their full leadership growth and potential. The High Impact Leader provides you with the information and knowledge you need to recognize and understand these "moments that matter" and use them to accelerate your authentic leadership development (ALD).

Designed to help you understand what the authentic leadership process is as well as how it can be enhanced, this straightforward and proactive approach to developing authentic leadership in any individual or organization includes:

  • A proven framework for structuring your chosen direction and regulating how you will execute your leadership development to pursue that direction
  • Ways in which leadership directly and indirectly impacts performance, and how the culture and climate of your organization contributes to extraordinary development and performance
  • Techniques for creating positive psychological capital in yourself and others, to achieve maximum potential organic growth and veritable performance
  • Proven methods for moving beyond your actual leader self to your possible leader self, and accelerating your progress toward powerful and sustainable success
  • Examples of how to move in the right direction and straightforward guidelines for doing so

The High Impact Leader is a clear-cut description of the insights and actions that lead to authentic leadership development, tested and proven to work in actual situations. It will show you how to recognize and gain full value from the key moments that trigger true leadership, allowing you to more effectively pull your positive future realities into your present with less risk and far greater success. The whole focus of this book is to help you leverage what you have been born with to help you achieve your points of excellence in terms of leadership success.

About the Author

Bruce J. Avolio, Ph.D., is director of the Gallup Leadership Institute and a Gallup senior scientist. A chaired professor of leadership at the University of Nebraska, Avolio consults with companies around the globe and serves on the editorial boards of several top academic and professional journals. He is the author of Transformational and Charismatic Leadership and Leadership Development in Balance: Made/Born.

Fred Luthans, Ph.D., is a senior scientist with Gallup and a distinguished chaired professor of management at the University of Nebraska. The former president of the National Academy of Management and member of the Academy's Hall of Fame, Luthans has written more than 150 articles and several textbooks, and is the editor or coeditor of a number of academic and professional journals.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071444130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071444132
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tad O'Reidy on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Avolio & Luthans Meta analysis, creates a framework for determining impact or return on development for authentic leadership development. This work could be rated more highly if the the rest of the protocol were available even at the website. Most of us working in the domain of leadership development would like to know what the impact is over time. Many of us would submit data, if the inquiry elements and time intervals were known so that our data was comparable. It is this reviewers hope that High Impact Leader could be a begining, resulting in improved development processes. I have recomended this to several colleagues, they are similarly intrigued
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By deb on March 2, 2015
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I didn't really like this book. It was a little bit boring for me. I had to buy another book on leadership impacts.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hatch on November 27, 2012
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I would give this book a five star rating. The book is innovative,contemporary and useful for anyone who is currently a leader in their profession's looking for insights on being more effective or MBA students who wish to learn what it means to be a leader. You will learn if leaders are born or made and how to be an effective and flexible situational leader. Excellent insights and real life examples.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2010
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This book is little more than a glorified self-help. The fact of the matter is that leadership is not something that can be learned from a book, even one like this that bothers addressing the reader's story. If you're looking for a quick fix to satisfy someone telling you to meet a requirement, this isn't terrible. If you're looking for real help, though? Well... look elsewhere.
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