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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: 9.3 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Book Description

Leadershipnow.com / The Best Leadership Books of 2008

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.

More About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Goldsmith on October 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 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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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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Regardless of your current position or role, this book provides great information and guidelines on how to become the leader we all aspire to be. It does so by providing great examples from business and sports, drawing parallels we all can relate to. I would recommend this to anyone who's looking to become a better leader.
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