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Chances are you don't have the time or energy to focus intently on each choice you make. All too often, we rush our decisions and strain our relationships by not thinking clearly or communicating properly. But the best leaders develop a system for reflecting on ideas and hold themselves accountable for every choice they make. In Leadership by Choice, author Eric Papp outlines the key strategies—no filler, no fluff—for leaders to excel by connecting with others and establishing strong decision-making skills.

Leadership by Choice offers you the tools you need to make a conscious choice to positively influence those around you by managing yourself and leading others. This fast-paced, volatile business climate requires leaders who can keep cool, inspire others to adhere to high standards, produce excellent work, and continuously raise their game. This book delivers the tips you need to lead no matter your position, build high-trust teams, and even inspire accountability among the entitled members of Generation Y. Leadership by Choice shares proven techniques that will help you achieve results in these critical areas of development:

  • Communication: Listen to your clients, ask good open-ended questions, and find out how your service or product can be of value to them
  • Leading Teams: Establish trust and hold people accountable
  • Productivity: Develop a focused work approach that others admire and follow, leading to stellar results
  • Personal Development: Discover the key ingredient to accomplishing your goals and the importance of silence

To be a strong leader, your challenge is to find creative ways to be productive and speak with influence. Loaded with actionable strategies and compelling ideas, Leadership by Choice offers a new road map for becoming a leader people want to follow.

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Praise for Leadership by Choice

"Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage, and empower others to do. This is why I encourage you to read Eric's book. It's a road map for making the right choices to lead more powerfully and effectively!"

—Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Soup

"If your aim as a leader is to be more effective, influence and persuade others, and get better results in your position, this book will show you the way."

—Brian Tracy, author of How the Best Leaders Lead

"Leadership, as Eric Papp points out, is always a choice. And that choice begins within, getting in touch with who you are, what you care about, and what you are willing to do. Make that choice to lead, AND read this book because it is full of wisdom (which is practical advice based upon experience). No matter where you are in your leadership journey, you'll find some good ideas in this book that can make you an even better leader."

—Barry Z. Posner, PhD, Accolti Professor of Leadership, Santa Clara University; coauthor of The Leadership Challenge, Credibility, and The Truth About Leadership

"If you have ever thought about leadership or consider yourself a leader, Leadership by Choice is a must-read. Eric does a great job at combining entertaining stories with practical applications you can use professionally and personally."

—Jack Canfield, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles

"There are nuggets of fresh, practical wisdom in this book that can make you a better leader written by a guy in the trenches—a trainer who has worked with thousands of managers."

—Adrian Gostick, New York Times bestselling author of All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118293193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118293195
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More About the Author


Eric Papp has delivered more than 400 professional training programs to corporate and private clients.

He has been featured in N.Y Times, USA Today, HR Executive, and many other publications. Eric is the author of "Leadership by Choice" set to release in June 2012 by John Wiley and Sons.

He was voted in the top 1% of Management trainers in 2010.

Partial Client List:

* Symbion Healthcare
* Million Dollar Round Table
* American Dental Association
* FL,LA, and GA Realtor Associations
* Huntsman
* Homeland Security
* Nationwide Insurance

He received his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of Tampa Jesuit.

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You'll be glad you invested in this book.
Terry L., Brock
What I love about reading this book is that I feel like Eric is speaking to me- and for that reason, makes this book an easy read to finish.
Coach Jenny O
These ideas help us to walk taller and be more comfortable and confident in our every day life.
Alex Papp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plastic Robots on January 14, 2014
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There are some valid points throughout the text. However, it is a fourth grade introduction to leadership and the writing is so simple my five year-old could read it, and grasp the very basic concepts. I thought this would be a truly inspirational book and help bring out some of the leadership potential within myself. (It has inspired me to review it albeit). The only thing emphasized throughout, and as per the title, is that leadership is a choice. Making small tweaks to routines and habits is nothing more than the desire to do so in an efforts to reach a specific goal, or milestones towards a larger goal. This book reminds us on how to do that through very basic methods. For example, holding yourself and others accountable. Really? Thanks! - We knew that. But seriously, if the author could delve deeper into real accountability methodology, then perhaps people could truly determine how their conscious choice of choosing leadership can be better defined and then definitively applied. Do not waste your time on this, one word of the title sums up the entire book. Make the choice not to buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coach Jenny O on June 27, 2012
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Eric Papp does an excellent job in creating a Business Leadership book which encompasses many aspects of what makes a great leader and how we have the power to influence and lead others through managing ourselves and making the right choices. This book is loaded with stories, pictures and clear language which drive the points home that Eric is trying to make. What I love about reading this book is that I feel like Eric is speaking to me- and for that reason, makes this book an easy read to finish. At the same time, it is a book that I could see re-reading to pull out different points each time.

I recommend this book to managers of sales teams, new managers, old managers, or anyone looking to improve upon their own self leadership skills. I can see a sales manager easily implementing this book as a required reading for his team, followed by implementable activities. I am very impressed with this book and cannot wait to read future books by Eric.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 16, 2012
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If you are a manager or a person who uses leadership to influence others, this is a great book that will give you some valuable insight and resources that will enable you to better accomplish the tasks that you have before you. What was great about this book was that the author seems to be speaking directly to you, and because of this it is like having a one-on-one leadership consultation versus simply a book that you read. There are so many great ideas shared in this book that can be used in many different settings. The chapters are short and practical and you can take one chapter at a time or plow through the whole book in no time. This is a great book that I will highly recommend to all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Bauer on June 27, 2012
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Enjoyable read with practical leadership advice that is applicable to all. Whether a CEO, student, or stay at home mom, people in all walks of life can benefit in both their professional and personal life with the tips provided in Leadership by Choice. The structure of the book makes for an easy read. As the author states in the introduction: "I kept the fluff in my marshmallow sandwiches and left my leadership theories with my college professors." Throughout the book the author frequently mentions Generation Y and I found the chapter on "Leading the Entitlement Generation" to be both interesting and thought provoking. It is a great read and well worth the purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art Sobczak on June 26, 2012
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Regardless of whether you lead a large corporate team, or a little league team, you'll find time-tested wisdom to help you do it more effectively and confidently. Get this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Papp on June 26, 2012
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Leadership by Choice is not just for those in management or in positions of authority......it is an informative read for everyone; each of us is a leader in some way. These ideas help us to walk taller and be more comfortable and confident in our every day life.
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Leadership by Choice is a book for people looking to lead in every facet of their life, whether that be in their work or personal lives. One aspect I really enjoy about the book is that it is broken up into sections within each chapter that allows a reader to pick up the book, read a few paragraphs and then go back to Facebook, etc. (although you won't want to put this book down. I read through it in one day). Also, it is the type of book, like, "how to win friends and influence people", that you leave by your bedside and pick up and read over and over again. It is practical advice that can be applied in all aspects of your life. Looking forward to the next book from Eric Papp.
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Eric Papp's Leadership by Choice was both entertaining and full of useful information. It had been a while since I'd gotten into a good book and this was just what I needed. I flew threw the book in just a couple of days, as I was unable to put it down in parts 3 and 4. The messages are still fresh in my mind a week later, as I am excited to apply some of Papp's ideas and techniques to my daily routine. Great first book by a promising young leader!
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