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Leadership Transformed: How Ordinary Managers Become Extraordinary Leaders [Kindle Edition]

Peter Fuda
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Book Description

How does a good manager become a great leader? Ask around in business circles and you’ll get a thousand different answers. But now, internationally renowned leadership expert Dr. Peter Fuda has created a single, coherent roadmap for leadership effectiveness in Leadership Transformed.

After more than a decade’s research and practice, Dr. Fuda shares the seven common themes that have enabled hundreds of CEOs around the world to transform themselves into highly effective leaders, and transform the performance of their organizations as well. Through his work, Dr. Fuda discovered that the best way to elicit deep and broad discussion of the seven leadership themes—and to describe the CEOs’ mastery of what they had learned—was through metaphor.

Fire—motivational forces that initiate and sustain transformation efforts.

Snowball—mutual accountability, and the consequent momentum that occurs when a critical mass of leaders commit to shared leadership principles.

Master Chef—leadership frameworks, tools, and strategies that can be “artfully” deployed.

Coach—how a “coaching staff” can collectively help leaders achieve their aspirations.

Mask—leaders can shed the heavy burden of wearing a mask in favor of a more congruent “best self.”

Movie—leaders can develop critical capabilities of self-awareness and reflection.

Russian Dolls—how a leader’s personal journey can align with the journeys of his or her colleagues and organization.

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"[In Leadership Transformed,] Peter Fuda digs into the characteristics, motivations, and personal and professional goals that elevate ordinary managers into extraordinary leaders. Translating [Fuda’s] metaphors into substantive change isn’t easy—it requires humility and a willingness to understand how others view you—but the payoff can be life-changing." —Success Magazine

About the Author

Dr. Peter Fuda is a researcher, consultant, and speaker on leadership and business transformation, and adjunct professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). As founder and principal of The Alignment Partnership, he has spoken to many thousands of leaders around the world and coached hundreds of CEOs to increase their leadership effectiveness.

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  • File Size: 3926 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (August 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B77UDYI
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, informing and thought-provoking September 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
For me reading `Leadership Transformed', a new book by Dr. Peter Fuda, was a rare pleasure. I'd strongly recommend it to others.

It did two things that most books of its genre (business, leadership, self-help etc.) usually fail to do; it kept me interested throughout its 190 pages, eagerly moving through the chapters as I would a good novel; and it made me think, think deeply about the both the specific content of the book and the context in which it applies.

Why was it a `page turner'?

Many business books contain one fundamental maxim, which is repeated in several guises. These books can often be summarized in one phrase - do this, or don't do that. I quickly get bored with them. It's like different dressings on the same house salad. Peter Fuda provides a much richer and more fulfilling experience as he explains the 7 metaphors for Leadership Transformation that emerged from his research. Each is sufficiently independent to merit separate attention, whilst they are sufficiently complementary and interrelated that they must be considered as a whole. So the book provides a perfect 7 course tasting menu. It's also fun to read. It's jargon free and built upon meaningful personal anecdotes from the author and his research subjects. At times it has a `reality TV' feel as we retrospectively share their experiences.

Why did it make me think?

In terms of the content, I considered each of the metaphors and how they have, or may in the future, apply to me. I'm going to try the exercises that are offered on the blog to learn more. I also thought about the attributes that underpin the `transformed' versions of the leaders who are profiled.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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In an age where so many managers just don't "get it", and I fear transitional generations are only learning the bad behavior of "intimidation and bullying" management styles, this book can be an eye opener, or at least the beginning steps on a transforming journey of introspection.

I like the brevity of the chapters and the metaphors, and they illustrate real areas of needed focus, however, the author leaves the bulk of the work and figuring out what that work might be, to the reader.

In a broad sense (and I've been there recently) there needs to be a lot of self-honesty and reflection.
Another book that came to mind while reading this was "The Power of Resilience" and how to change "negative scripts". This dovetails nicely with the "film metaphor" of "considering how your life might resemble the movie "Groundhog day" and perpetuating reality.

This book provides a nice and brief framework for laying out a road map for change.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I was inspired to read this book by the subtitle `how ordinary managers become extraordinary leaders'. As an entrepreneur, I love learning about the amazing feats performed in work and non work settings by very ordinary people. The idea of a book which unpicked this phenomenon in the leadership space and debunked the myth of the perfect CEO really appealed to me.

I found Leadership Transformed a fascinating and worthwhile read. I identified with some of the struggling leaders in the stories Fuda described and laughed at the warts and all accounts of their early attempts to lead. In my opinion, the seven metaphors are an accessible and very effective way to convey just the right amount of leadership theory combined with a practical take on modern philosophy and simple common sense. The practical strategies and approaches described will be equally relevant and helpful whether you work in a large corporate or a small business. As an example, this is the first leadership manual I have read which acknowledges the very real and meaningful role family and friends play as sources of leadership coaching and insight. I suspect this book is one that I will return to frequently.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
There are at least two ways to view the title of this book and Peter Fuda may have had both in mind while writing it: the transformation of an individual leader's skills, and, the process by which a non-leader can develop those skills. During a period of several years, Fuda and his associates conducted rigorous research on leaders of CEO status who had succeeded in "transforming themselves, their leadership teams, and their organizations." He sought to develop "a rich and contextual understanding of leadership through their eyes." What he learned is provided in this book.

More specifically, the research uncovered seven distinct yet interdependent metaphors and Fuda devotes a separate chapter to each: Fire (ambition: "burning platform" and "burning ambition"), Snowball ("virtuous cycle" of accountability and momentum), Master Chef (frameworks, tools, and strategies to progress from apprentice to master), Coach (obtaining support and feedback to achieve aspirations), Mask (authenticity and transparency rather than deception), and Russian Dolls (coordinating multiple and simultaneous journeys of discovery and development). As Fuda observes, "I firmly believe that these seven metaphors represent a unique way of addressing the fairly common challenge of leadership transformation in a fresh and unconventional way."

The number and nomenclature of his metaphors - and any others -- are much less important than how they help us to transform the way we think about leadership. For example, as I worked my way through his narrative, I was reminded of one of Roger von Oech's books, A Kick in the Seat of the Pants (2000), in which he discusses four leadership roles that could also be viewed as metaphors: Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior.
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If, as a CEO, you're looking for a clear understanding of how to transform yourself into a highly effective and inspirational leader that brings out the best in others, then "... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Ray Weekes
3.0 out of 5 stars Micro-managers Transformed should have been the title
I read this book after reading Fuda's article in Harvard Business Review. I should have stopped with the article. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent leadership model
Many leadership books give you a long list of things to do or not to do or situational advice. Mr. Fuda's book offers a very different approach. Read more
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Published 4 months ago by James ajaka
5.0 out of 5 stars The compass by which I navigate the challenges of my leadership...
I love the book, the insights and the logic of the framework that holds it all together. Dr Peter Fuda has done a great job of distilling the critical few principles that matter,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Darch
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic advice that can transform your leadership
This is an elegant and highly readable guide to getting the best out of yourself and your organisation. While reading the book is easy, applying its lessons is not. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SC Sellars
5.0 out of 5 stars Defining the Essence of Leadership
An excellent book that gets to the heart of leading and leadership. In an age where techniques, frameworks and steps have become popular we continue to ignore the one thing that is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Greg Muller
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that has something unique!
What a great book!

I will be purchasing the book for all the members of my team.

I found the book genuine and simple, with fantastic real-life examples and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Bogoevski
5.0 out of 5 stars Actionable insights and generous supporting resources
I was fortunate to hear Dr Peter Fuda speak recently at a conference and was struck by his ability to take nuanced and sophisticated insights on leadership and make them... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars A leadership recipe to go from good to great
I found Peter Fuda's book to be both practical and incredibly insightful. I must have marked more than 30 pages... Read more
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Peter is regarded as a global authority on leadership and business transformation, and is considered an indispensable source of competitive advantage by CEOs in Australia and around the world. As a leadership coach, Peter has enabled more than 200 CEOs to measurably increase their leadership effectiveness and performance.

Peter has completed countless speaking engagements to tens of thousands of senior executives on four continents, and is a regular commentator across print, TV and radio media. He has guest lectured at the universities of Sydney, NSW and Macquarie, and his doctoral research is now required reading at universities from Taiwan to the USA, including at Harvard.

Peter holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master's degree in Marketing and Management, and a First Class Honors degree in History.

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