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Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance Paperback – March 8, 2013
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More About the Author
Bill is the author of Leaders Open Doors, a simplified approach to leadership that emphasizes the importance of leaders as opportunity-creators.
Bill's is the creator of Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace. The comprehensive off-the-shelf courage-building training program, published by Pfeiffer, has been taught on four continents in eight countries since being published in 2011.
Bill's first book, Right Risk is about how to take smart risks, and draws on Treasurer's experiences as both an organizational development professional and as a daredevil athlete.
Bill Treasurer also served as the chief editor of POSITIVELY M.A.D. (Making A Difference) (Berrett-Koehler, 2004). The book is a compilation of stories, from world- renowned experts, that inspires readers to make a difference in their organizations. Gannett newspapers called it "required reading for all employees contemplating putting a co-worker's tie through the shredder -- with the co-worker still attached."
Bill's insights have been featured in over 100 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The NY Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and Investor's Business Daily. Bill's insights have also appeared in such magazines as Leader-to-Leader, Woman's Day, Parent, Redbook, Fitness, American Way, and The Harvard Management Update.
Since 1991 Bill has conducted over 500 corporate workshops designed to strengthen people's leadership skills, improve team performance, accelerate innovation, and help executives behave more courageously. Among his clients are Accenture, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, SPANX, Walsh Construction, Hugo Boss, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Veteran's Administration.
Bill lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife Shannon and their three children, Bina, Alex, and Ian. To contact Bill, email email@example.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Treasurer provides us a whole new definition to "open door policy" - one that takes action to open doors for others - one that creates opportunities for others, and yourself. He mixes humor, personal stories, and a profound insight into a book that's very easy to read, understand, and put into practice. In fact, I read it without stopping, something I VERY rarely do.
Leaders are role models and set the tone of the organization. This book will help you reform your culture by helping you to become a positive powerful influencer. Share your new found abilities - and this book - with other leaders and you'll soon have employees that thrive and grow . . . and stay.
Leaders Open Doors provides a handful of powerful and real-life examples of how you, as a leader, can identify and offer opportunities to those in your organization.
Opening doors for others and encouraging their growth is how leaders create a legacy and build a more successful organization. His background in growing teams and developing leaders as a team building facilitator, executive coach, and leadership training consultant provide many of the stories that illustrate his points, and, as a leader in any field, they will encourage you to identify the doors that you might open to grow and develop your people.
The idea for the book came to him unexpectedly.
When Bill's five-year-old son, Ian, returned home from school, the youngster said his teacher had chosen him as that day's class leader.
"What did you do as class leader?" asked Bill.
"I got to open doors for people," said Ian.
That innocent answer knocked decades of convoluted leadership theory right out of Bill's head. He knew he had heard a leadership truth that was unadorned and far-reaching.
Writes Bill: " . . . to be a leader is to open doors for others. Leaders open doors of perception, possibility, and most importantly, opportunity."
One of my favorite things about the book are its chapter-concluding exercises. Trying to lead can overwhelm us if we let it, but time and again Bill provides exercises that help readers see opportunity in even the most intimidating situations.
This is a wonderful book.
books available, Bill Treasurer brings a powerful, practical treatment
that uniquely re-frames a quality still in short supply. Written with
refreshing clarity, delightful humor, and profound insight, the book
is a must-read for all interested in successfully influencing others to
deliver their best.
Among several significant points, Treasurer brings home the idea that to be an influential leader, we must influence the opportunities that others are provided. When we use the resources that we have to create opportunities for others, "open doors" if you will, we are setting an example of what great leaders do. They develop more leaders.
Simple in concept, but deep in execution, opening doors for ourselves, others and our organization result in growth and success.
Treasurer starts the book off with a brilliant example of the wisdom found in the words of a child. He tells the story of his five year old son sharing his excitement of being the class leader that day.
Of course Dad wanted to know all about it "... what did you get to do as the class leader?" In the words that could only mean the world to a five year old, "I got to open doors for people!" Treasurer sums up the backbone of the book by stating "In a matter of fifteen seconds, with seven simple words, Ian clarified what's most important about leadership."
The idea behind this book is brilliant. We all know that most people, when asked, want more than just a paycheck from their job. They want an opportunity. Treasurer gives five basic elements behind the opportunities that workers are expecting:
growth and personal development
career fulfillment and enrichment
acquisition of new skills
financial gain and other rewards, and
greater access to leadership roles
My take on this is that leaders need to create an environment that is conducive to opportunity. As he describes it ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bill has a great way of telling stories to teach us how to be better leaders. I found myself laughing as I imagined myself to be in the scenes that Bill directs; however, after... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chantel
Very simple, straight forward, made clear with lots of real life examples and stories. The writer keeps the promise he makes in the beginning of the book and stays away from the... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Rana Fauzi Nejem
This is philosophy of leadership is one that I firmly believe in. This book brought it all together and gave me another level to my knowledge.Published on November 3, 2013 by Michael S Lammlein
Bill Treasurer has written a book from his heart and from his experience as a sought-aftern consultant and coach. I liked the no-jargon approach. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Bob Tobin
Bill Treasurer hit it out of the park with his latest book, "Leaders Open Doors". He takes the concept of strong leadership and breaks it down into practical steps that any... Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Swit
This book is a great palate cleanser for all of the complex, mumbo jumbo leadership books that make you feel as if you need an advanced degree in behavioral science to even come... Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by K. Griffie
We have all read leadership books but this one is different. Bill Treasurer does a great job of tweaking the "typical" view of being a great leader. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by B Richard
I have been doing non-profit work for over 35 years. I know leadership is a lifelong process, but sometimes books about it turn me off. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by LH
Leaders Open Doors is a quick read which effectively demonstrates the value of providing opportunities, for those we lead, to be stretched and to discover their gifts and... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Jack Bruce