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

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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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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: #949,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Bookchic on June 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was written by Jeremie Kubicek, the CEO of GiANT Impact, a leadership development organization whose company sponsors Catalyst, the under-forty next-generation leadership conference. GiANT also is involved in the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as other leadership initiatives and programs. ([...])

Leadership is Dead is written to give people a different perspective on power. Its not that leadership itself is dead, (of course it's not dead!) it's the way in which many choose to lead should be. It's all about influence. The more you understand it, the better you'll be able to utilize it and maximize it for success. That's what this book is about; teaching us how to expand our influence, be significant and make a greater impact on those we lead and those around us.

This book, in a nut shell, is a book promoting servant leadership, which is certainly not a new concept. Kubicek just packages this concept differently than other similar business tomes but with the same result. It seems to be written for the high level corporate CEO who exists in a dog- eat-dog transactional business world. Throughout the book, Kubicek stresses that "When you seek to build a relationship before mining for opportunities, you establish yourself as genuine and trustworthy". (pg149) This is certainly a worthwhile concept to be reminded of.

In this book Kubicek recounts his own personal journey and his philosophy. He had a near-death experience while on vacation in Mexico and it changed his life. His values are God and family and personal trust, treating people like they should be treated. His experience liberated him from a self-centered leadership style. (pg19) and he believes that to be a good leader we must learn to get the most from people through influence not commands.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Irene Conlan on June 2, 2011
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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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