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“…your bookshelves may already be stuffed with books on leadership, make room for Lead by Example.” -- T & D magazine



“…the man, who was named one of the ‘30 Most Influential Leadership Gurus’ …can inspire results.” -- Entrepreneur.com



“…a source of inspiration…about relating to staff or suggest ways you might drive innovation.” -- CIO magazine



“…excellent and practical book that addresses areas that leaders need…to be the kind of person that people will… follow.” -- Leadershipnow.com



“…provides insights on everything from managing crises, defusing tensions, earning employee trust…even how leaders can lighten up.” --Managesmarter.com



"...its lessons are universal and well worth studying." -- Financial Executive magazine



“…a fantastic handbook for anyone who is responsible for getting their organizations through these tough economic times… should be on every manager's bookshelf for ready reference.” -- Graziadio Business Report



“..removes the intricacies of leadership and offers easily understandable ways leaders can inspire results... gets to the heart of what makes a leader effective.” -- Execunet’s CareerSmart Advisor Newsletter



“…reaches across time to provide advice and insights from the greatest political, business and social leaders of the past 100 years in how to inspire people.” -- TheStreet.com

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Taking over the top job, whether it’s the CEO of a company or the manager of a department, is never easy. When done the right way, it results in inspired leadership; when done the wrong way, it can lead to disaster. To be effective, the people in charge must give their team a reason to believe in their talents and their ability to get people to work together. Great leadership requires decisiveness, authority, conviction, compassion, and, most important, the ability to set the right example. It would seem easy, but it takes a lifetime of trying to put it into practice. In Lead by Example, recognized leadership guru John Baldoni reveals the traits and abilities leaders need to know to inspire others to follow them. Readers will learn how to:

listen for ideas • manage around obstacles • defuse tension • check their egos • stand up for what they believe in • manage crises • develop team confidence • recruit good people • deliver bad news • handle defeat • engage their enemies

Filled with examples of visionary leaders who have overcome their shortcomings and achieved greatness, Lead by Example will show readers how to build trust, drive results, and win the respect of the people they lead.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814412947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814412947
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,688 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, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Goldsmith on October 19, 2008
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I love John's work. This book provides great insight that leaders can use. It doesn't have to read 'all at once' but can be digested in 'pieces'. This will make a great reference book for leaders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Genard on October 24, 2008
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This is a terrific book. The title, Lead by Example, says it all, and given that approach, the author really gets it right. Books on leadership typically offer advice on strategy and outcomes, message and vision. But Baldoni gets to the heart of the nature of leadership: the living idea of serving one's organization and followers--that is, by example. Baldoni shows how leading by example is the true lesson to be absorbed by modern-day leaders. The chapter on "Being Tough" alone is worth the price of the book, given the uncertainties and turmoil in today's economic climate. I also love the design of this book, and the four clear guideposts the author provides for the reader: Set the Right Example, Act the Part, Handle the Tough Stuff, and Put the Team First. I highly recommend putting this book on your leadership shelf!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Associate Development on October 4, 2010
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A very good book which should be required reading for all new supervisors and managers. Very down to earth, and in many ways just plain common sense, but presented in such a way that that it could easily be used as a guide and reference book. I liked it so well that I orded another John Baldoni book on Communication.
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Firstly, i will have to admit that I have not finished the book yet. I am in the middle of reading but I know enough of what has been set out so far in the book to comment on its contents. From the chapters that I've read i've found the book very well formulated but my criticism is that it lacks some positive examples of the strategies outlined in the book. It would be great to read through the theories of what makes a good leader (which was done just great) but then to follow up with examples of where it worked and didn't work. To the author's defence, he has put in examples of areas where a lack of certain skills has brought downfall. I would like to see empirical evidence of it succeeding.
Nonetheless there are many managers and would be managers that I can think of that would be wise to heed the words printed in this book. Unlike many management books this one is for keeps.
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By Sara Jane Radin on February 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results

ONCE AGAIN, John Baldoni has created an easy and practical read about the essential attributes and behaviors ALL leaders need to exhibit to be successful! While leaders need to consistently set the right example, act the part, handle the tough stuff, and put their team first, these behaviors could not be more important during times of turmoil and uncertainty when leadership is needed the most. So, like virtually all of John's books, consider this one as another resource and reminder of how you want to present yourself and what you want to do on a daily basis - for yourself as a leader, your team, and your organization.
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