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Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It Hardcover – May 3, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451612141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451612141
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Leadership is dead or alive, depending on how people use it. Jeremie shows us how to influence in such a way that brings life into organizations and most importantly into you. Don't miss this." (Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment)

“Jeremie Kubicek clearly shares what so many influential leaders have come to know: there's a huge difference between authority and responsibility and between influence and power.” (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)

“In a world where everyone wants to be a leader, Jeremie understands that it’s the influencers that change the world. This book offers you a way to move people to action, and make your mark on the world. It’s fast paced, easy to act on and most importantly from the heart.” (Tim Sanders, former chief solutions officer at Yahoo! and author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Friends and Influence People)

"Jeremie Kubicek delivers a unique voice on the topic of leadership and that is not easy to do. More than that, his voice climbs off the pages as if he was standing in front of you imploring you to use your influence to help the world. Not because he is preaching, but because he has a very real desire to help you understand that leadership is more than just being in charge . . ." (Scott Klososky, CEO of Future Point of View and author of the Velocity Manifesto and Enterprise Social Technology)

“Are you ‘for me, against me or for yourself’? That's only one of the thought-provoking questions Kubicek asks in this must-read book on true influence. This book should come with a warning: ‘May make you uncomfortable and re-examine your motives as you strive to be a person with trust, character and credibility.’” (Pattye Moore, chairman of the board, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and author of Confessions from the Corner Office)

"Where are the great leaders of our time? The world needs a new paradigm for leadership—Jeremie Kubicek has defined it. If you needed to dig a ditch, would you use a teaspoon or a bulldozer? Until now, leaders have been using a teaspoon. Every leader should read this book!" (Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Manager and president of Floyd Consulting)

“Get inspired. Live with intention. Make a difference. Jeremie shares ‘how-to’ insights to manifest breakthrough leadership moments.” (Kevin Carroll, author & Katalyst)

"Jeremie has given a clear path to follow that will serve as a guide and a measuring stick for any leader who wants to have real and lasting influence. Take it to heart. If you want to have life-giving impact, start here." (Dr. Henry Cloud, bestselling author of Necessary Endings)

"Leadership has changed, and we need a new generation of influencers, great leaders, poised to influence well and ultimately change the world for good. And this book will help us get there! It’s challenging, inspiring, and applicable, all in one. Get ready!" (Brad Lomenick, executive director of Catalyst)

About the Author

Jeremie Kubicek is the president and CEO of Giant Impact and a founding partner of the GiANT Companies. He has been growing and leading domestic and international companies for two decades that value people over processes and integrity above all else.Today he leads the global leadership event and training company and has added key new partnerships with Dr.Henry Cloud, Pat Lencioni, Andy Stanley and Mark Sanborn along with Dr. John Maxwell.

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It makes me think of the story of Diogenes who is reported to have gone through the cities in the daytime with a lighted lamp searching for an honest man.
Irene Conlan
I would highly recommend "Leadership is dead" to both the high profile and the everyday leaders.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is difficult to read any current book on leadership without realizing that the old command and control model is indeed dead. The old leadership models were based on what worked at the start of the industrial revolution. With the introduction of the large assembly line factories filled with basically unskilled workers, it was necessary to lay out strict operating policies and procedures.

Now manufacturing only accounts for a small percentage of our total workforce. For the most part the current workforce is made up of knowledge workers. They are motivated by different drivers. They respond differently. To gain the most production from knowledge workers, they must be engaged. They want to feel like the have some control over the work process, that they are able to grow and master the tasks and that there is some greater purpose to what they are doing.

The book starts with a historical recount of past and current workers and conditions and comes to the conclusion that Leadership Is Dead - leadership that was based on an outdated way of doing things is indeed dead.

The author then relates a very personal incident - an accident while on vacation in Mexico which literallynearly took his life. He survived but it changed his life - he calls it his own death. Prior to that time, he had been driven by personal achievement. He was a typical type A personality, driven toward success and paying little attention to others as he moved up the path to success.

After his accident, he was totally transformed. He no longer followed the old management model. He became totally convinced that influence - getting people to buy into and follow your lead would produce much greater results than ruling by command.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Irene Conlan on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It. Jeremie Kubicek, Howard Books, N.Y. 2011.

Leadership didn't just die a natural death. Leadership, as we have known it, was murdered in cold blood by those who subscribe to the "me first," "my way or the highway," and "greed and power above all else" philosophies that we have often found in contemporary leaders in business, religion, education, politics and public service - in all areas of society, actually. Ask almost anyone you meet the question, "Who do you see as a true leader in any area of our country today," and they will give you a blank look, a shrug of the shoulders and a mumbled, "I am not aware of any" response. It makes me think of the story of Diogenes who is reported to have gone through the cities in the daytime with a lighted lamp searching for an honest man. He found none.

Jeremy Kubicek, has written about being a fully alive (yes, awakened) human being as much as he has written about leadership, and his views on leadership are not those generally found in textbooks on management and management styles.

This book is a paradigm changer, and those who belong to the "old school" of leadership will definitely not like it - all the more reason why everyone should read it. "Do it my way or the highway" will disappear and not a moment too soon if principles of this book are understood and adopted.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ediger on May 13, 2011
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Leadership has become a term that leaves a sour taste in most people's mouths, and a wake of cynicism and distrust. Yet, even for those whose experience has differed, the term, and practice, has become too convoluted. Ask ten people on the street what 'leadership' means to them and you're likely to get ten different responses.

The heart of Leadership Is Dead is an acknowledgement of these facts and a call to change the way we view leading.

Through the author's own experiences, struggles & journey, a new standard is raised that calls all to get outside of themselves, to stop the rat race to the top of the ladder, and to handle with care the responsibility (and joy) of leading others. It is a call to use the power entrusted to you for the benefit of those around you, and to hold influence, not leadership, as the goal.

This book is both inspirational, and practical... weaving between stories and conversations, to things you and I can do immediately to change the course. By applying the principles contained within Leadership Is Dead, the ripple effect of true influence can change the lives of those you serve, and impact the trajectory of others' lives for the good.
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I loved this book! Kubicek's concept of self-preservation (and its paradoxical dangers) strikes me as unique. Often we may call it greed or fear, and say that of course it doesn't apply to us. But we all do things out of self-preservation at times, and I can see where that has limited my own influence in the past.

The core idea of the book is this: Command-and-control leadership doesn't work anymore -- especially when it boils down to manipulating others for your own benefit. In the 21st century, great leaders strive to influence others for their good. True influence requires leaders to give themselves away. What is the major obstacle for effective leadership? Self-preservation.

This book explains what it means to be a "True Influence" leader. And it provides a model for leaders to rise above the obstacle of self-preservation ... a seven-action process that will help you expand your impact:

Action 1: Give Trust to Become Trustworthy
Action 2: Become Credible, Not Just Smart
Action 3: Be Intentional In Your Influence
Action 4: Break Through Your Walls of Self-Preservation
Action 5: Pursue Relationships Before Opportunity
Action 6: Give Yourself Away
Action 7: Become Significant in Your Impact.

The book provides both theory and practical application, with lots of real-life examples. I also like how it builds on timeless principles from history, the Bible, and recent business events.

One caveat: The writing style in this book is straightforward -- not exactly fun or entertaining. There were several places that felt a bit dry and boring, but fortunately these were followed by another story that sucked me back in or provided another thought-provoking insight or principle.

Definitely be worthwhile read for both new and experienced leaders!
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