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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470914726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470914724
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...an engaging, refreshing tale that imparts leadership lessons easily applied to both work life and interpersonal relationships.' (Publicnet.co.uk, February 2011).

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“This is a fast-moving, entertaining book that weaves the best leadership lessons into an enjoyable story that changes you forever.” —Brian Tracy, author of Eat that Frog! and No Excuses!

Leadership Rules is a quick and fun read that teaches powerfully simple rules of leadership that anyone can follow and apply. You'll love the story and love the lessons you learn!” —Darren Hardy, Publisher  SUCCESS magazine, author of  The Compound Effect

Leadership Rules is an engaging story that teaches the simplicity of effective leadership. The four rules Chris Widener reveals to you are ones that you can immediately put into practice. They will change you and your organization!” —Jeffrey J. Fox, author of How To Be a Fierce Competitor and RAIN

“We’ve all heard that sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages, and Chris Widener definitely delivers in a big way in Leadership Rules.  Chris shows he isn’t just an incredible leader, but a captivating storyteller too, wrapping his leadership principles in the form of an entertaining and heartfelt story—proving yet again he has the power to inspire a generation of leaders. Leadership Rules is a book for everyone, from an individual hoping to maximize personal potential, to the high-powered executive hoping to motivate thousands.” —Greg Provenzano, President and Co-Founder, ACN

“Once again Chris Widener provides the reader a fascinating story. The reader will savor time tested principles of leadership by example. This is a must read in the arsenal of any aspiring leader!” —David Humphrey, President, ILD Global 

“I love books that have business stories with meaningful take-aways. They’re fun to read yet provide actions that help improve me and my business. Chris Widener’s Leadership Rules is a simple read with simple, practical rules that will help you become a better leader of people.” —Dr. Tony Alessandra, author of The NEW Art of Managing People and The Platinum Rule

“Fundamental principles captured in a warm-hearted story line. Quickly digested. Harder to apply. Recommended for those who intend to create cultures of personal responsibility and winners in business and life.” —Dianna Booher, author, The Voices of Authority and Booher's Rules of Business Grammar


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Chris Widener is a seasoned businessman, a best-selling author, coach and consultant to CEOs and other C-level executives, as well as a dynamic speaker recognized worldwide. Author of over 400 articles and twelve books, Chris has produced more than 85 audio programs on the subjects of leadership, influence and motivation. He is also a writer for SUCCESS magazine. He can be found on the web at www.ChrisWidener.com

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Love the way Chris incorporated the leadership principles into the story.
Kelly Boston
I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants better results in their lives--including leaders.
Terry R. Minion
Guarantee you will read this book more than one and revisit it again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LionHeart on December 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Short, concise, and powerful. Widener's use of storytelling to nail down time tested leadership concepts helps the reader remember the impact of following the rules. It's short enough to read over a few hours and worth taking the time to do it. I hadn't heard of Widener before this book. After reading this, I'm interested in taking a look at his two bestsellers.

I recommend "Leadership Rules" because the rules are simple to remember and workable. They are translatable into any field (including family). The thing that really makes this book good is that these rules can be applied instantly. As the reader begins to apply these to their life, they will be a better leader by default. I'm excited to see the impact I have on others as I begin to implement these rules into my life and organizations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry R. Minion on December 29, 2010
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Leadership Rules by Chris Widener is an excellent and very fast read. I read it in just a few hours start to finish and it kept me engaged all the way through. It is a delightful story reminiscent of Ken Blanchard's stories with lessons learned and friendships found.

The things that stood out for me were, one, the first lesson: We get what we expect. I need that reminder every day of my life. It is more commonly called belief, and it is the driving force for realization of thought driven ideals. It is amazing how many times I have wanted something to happen, wanted someone to perform a certain way, but I really, deep down, didn't expect it. In that, I got what I expected most often, though it wasn't necessarily what I wanted. So, this first lesson reminded me to match up what I want with what I expect.

The second thing that hit home with me was rule number three: We get what we reward. As a sales manager for over 40 years, I've seen this dealt with in so many ways and most of them ineffectively. I was well aware of the rule, but I have to admit that I needed the reminder to reward what we want from others. None of us can do it alone, so by thinking of them and what they want, we can get more of what we want. It is so very powerful.

Then, of course, I loved being reminded that I need to lead by example. I work on leading that way every day, and I will need to the rest of my life. Leaders are so visible. Being a part of the team is critical to the health of the team.

I downloaded this to my new Kindle and read it the next day. I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants better results in their lives--including leaders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AlaskaMilkman on January 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I would like to say that this Book Says more in less than any other book I have ever read on the subject of leadership. Leadership Rules Is America! It doesn't matter who, what or where you are in your life to be able to learn what everybody needs to know to be a great leader. Chris Widener is a great Leader and Writer. Enjoy this story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Lapin on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Again, Chris Widener provides real value to the entrepreneur and to all those aspiring to success. I read Leadership Rules quickly but thoughtfully (Full disclosure: I regard Chris as a friend) and then went back and scanned it with a highlighter in hand. My copy now has many Post-it-Notes sticking out of pages I highlighted better to serve me as a tool regularly to be used. This book will help persuade you that the springs of spiritual regeneration run deep and that they can be drawn upon to escape the dark despondency of fear and hopelessness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Prather on January 5, 2011
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Leadership Rules by Chris Widener is a short easy read packed with a lot of useful advice. While nothing in there is new or earth shattering I found the book full of useful lessons. After the story portion Chris goes into detail of each rule and provides ample quotes that relate to each of the 4 rules. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is in a leadership role..which lets face it is just about everyone. The information can be used in any field. I'll be reading this again soon to see what else i can learn.
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By David O. Hofstetter on September 11, 2013
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Excellent book, excellent author, always enjoyed the books written by Chris Widener, you can never go wrong with his books
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By M. Jansen on August 15, 2013
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What a great book. Chris Widener authored such an easy read with so much power via storytelling and examples set forth. HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE THIS BOOK AND ITS PRINCIPLES?
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