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Leadership Isn't For Cowards: How to Drive Performance by Challenging People and Confronting Problems Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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You are a leader. Maybe you lead a team of two or three people, a department, or even a company. Whatever the scope of your leadership, the pressure is on. You have been entrusted with the great responsibility of messing with people's lives. Every decision you make, regardless of whether it creates tremendous profits for your company, can breed discontent among your subordinateswhich in turn, can spell your demise. Every day is a tightrope walk between fiscal results and their human consequences. Are you able to keep your balance?
Leadership Isn't for Cowards offers straightforward, practical advice for leading courageously and driving performancewhile also creating a great place to work. Courageous leadership means toughening your approach by being rigorous in the application of your values through the company culture. It means confronting and challenging people, and not letting them get away with being less than you know they can be. The manageable steps on the path to courageous leadership include:
- Identifying your core values and evaluating the extent to which you are leading in alignment with them
- Discovering where you are allowing circumstances to define you and limit your influence
- Learning to overcome your own negativity by changing your external behaviors
- Utilizing recognition and acknowledgement to elicit higher performance from your followers
With courageous leadership, you'll create a culture and a mind-set that encourages and demands excellence! Follow these steps to bring out the best in your employees and lead your organization to significant success.
More About the Author
Mike Staver is a business coach and speaker with a rare ability to zero in on the fears that prevent leaders from doing what they need to do. He confronts them with the truths they're pretending not to know and provides the "swift kick" they need to start making the quick decisions that get results--a necessity for survival in a global economy.
His clients--organizations in industries ranging from real estate to hospitality to government to financial institutions--appreciate and respond to his gut-level honesty and his gift for cutting through the noise and getting to the heart of the matter. His solutions help clients enjoy positive business results, free up the energy that's been drained by creative avoidance of action, and fully realize their potential as leaders.
Mike's educational background--a Bachelor's in Business and a Masters in Psychology--has led to a focus on the vital importance of results and a deep understanding of the behaviors that lead to both self-sabotage and success.
His depth of knowledge combined with his high energy, authenticity and sense of humor makes him one of the most inspiring speakers you will ever meet. His uncanny ability to make complex principles simple and memorable makes the experience one that will have lasting impact.
Mike is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of Professional Speakers.
Leadership Isn't For Cowards is Mike's newest book. Other published works include the book 'Do You Know How To Shut Up? And 51 other life lessons that will make you uncomfortable' as well as a chapter in 'Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul'. Mike created the audio series 'Tips in Twenty' and 'Tips in Ten' which are available by download. He is also creator of the training series '21 Ways to Defuse Anger and Calm People Down.'
Mike is available nationwide for speaking engagements and corporate advisement.
Top Customer Reviews
I haven't followed the acronyms to a T, but since opening this book a few months ago I've had a hard time finishing it because each chapter is filled with such good information. He provides thought provoking questions that address your style of leadership. He gives simple exercises to practice improving. I have thought about Mike's words every day since opening this book. I really can't recommend a better leadership book and truly, in a few months time, I've seen the difference in the way I approach situations and how the team respects me. I can't recommend this book highly enough, especially to folks who don't have strong leadership mentors in their current role.
Randy G. Pennington
Author, Results Rule!
Leadership Isn't For Cowards: How to Drive Performance by Challenging People and Confronting Problems
The author's wit made the book a breath of fresh air in the crowded field of leadership books. I also found the QR codes at the end of each chapter a content "added bonus."
Ed Rigsbee, CAE, CSP
Author, "Developing Strategic Alliances"
Going to have our Human Resources team see if we could adopt this as our leadership training program.
Well done Mr. Staver. Thanks!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leaders are just that leaders. They have special qualities and alot of what I think are natural core skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the speaker and his book.Published 7 months ago by Doc Ellis
This was a great book for leaders. It gives you a lot of ideals that you can use to improve your operations. I highly recommend this book.Published 16 months ago by The Reader
This book presents beneficial info and exercises on now it enhance our leadership skills and focus,. Definitely a must read!!!!Published 22 months ago by Susan H. Kraemer
I love this book.......it is an easy read and has foundational tools for all leaders (regardless of experience or level)Published 22 months ago by Steve Petro
Book offered more quality skill sets then expected, many of the management I targeted for this have increased their management style. I have it on Audible, it's been a good listen.Published 22 months ago by Jo Ann Patterson
While there are wonderful distilled bits of knowledge throughout, the kinds of life altering changes this book implies, aren't going to be achieved through reading and... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Philip Weingrow
Great advice in every chapter. Made me look at my leadership role in a new light. Only wish I had read a book like this years ago ... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Effie P
Ideas and strategy that can be put into good use for any manager or leader. Highly recommended practical points to increase effectiveness.Published on January 7, 2013 by I MAC
If you are looking for straight forward advice on how to lead you will find it here. This book was easy to read and to the point with usefull ideas that I could implement... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Chris Slightham