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Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead By Hardcover – January 8, 2009
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Efforts to write most of the best business books are driven by an important question (e.g. How can a company "leap" from good to great?) and, in fact, this book responds to two basic sets of questions:
"1. What percent of effective leadership is basically the same? Are there common rules that any leader anywhere must master? Is there a recognizable leadership code?
2. If there are common rules that all leaders must master, what are they?"
Stated another way, is there a "DNA" of effective leadership? If so, what is it? Are leaders born with it or can it be developed? In this book, Ulrich, Smallwood, and Sweetman respond to these questions.Read more ›
From their literature review and body of interviews conducted, they con¬cluded that 60 to 70 percent of leadership effectiveness would be contained in the leadership code. Their analysis and synthesis result in a framework that they believe is accurate, logical, and useful. While many academics will turn up their noses at the lack of elegance in their research design, the book is likely to pass a more important test: perceived value and relevance to leaders on the firing line!
The Leadership Code essentially breaks down into five deceptively simple rules:
Rule 1: Shape the Future. This rule is embodied in the strategist dimension of the leader. Strategists not only envision a future, they help create it . As practical futurists, they figure out where the organization needs to go to succeed, they test these ideas pragmati¬cally against current resources (money, people, organiza¬tional capabilities), and they work with others to figure out how to get from the present to the desired future.Read more ›
There are a lot of leadership titles out there and most provide one or two insights but I found this to be one of the most substantial leadership books in terms of real actionable advice and insights that I have read in some time.
This book is not a collection of academic fluff or highly conceptual "models."It contains number us useful checklists and self-assessments derived from the author's substantial research which can easily be applied in a real business. The sections on strategy, leading change, goalsetting and preventing burnout are especially useful. It is well-written and concise. This is one I will have my entire leadership team read.
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There are eleventybillion "self help" and "leadership" books out there. I would however say this is one of the more interesting strategies I've read.Published 1 month ago by Eric G
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This book has become a bible of sorts for me. I glance at it any time I run into a management hurdle or new experience as a manager. I highly recommend it to all managers.Published on December 29, 2013 by Andrea N Boyle
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Like most, the author confuses management and leadership. He also obfuscates what few leadership qualities in his prose. Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by sturner