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Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results Hardcover – August 13, 2008
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“[A] thought-provoking tome.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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“One of the Best Leadership Books of 2008 according to LeadershipNow.com.”
“...a powerful vehicle for driving home the reality that the long-term viability of an organization might just rely on leaders who understand what being kind really means.” —Graziadio Business Report
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By now, many leaders have realized that when it comes to business, nice guys often finish first. Old-fashioned images of corporate callousness and greed have been replaced by a gentler, more human conception of great leadership. But how does one define “kindness” in the context of business? And what is the best way to “use” this deceptively complex notion as a guiding principle to lead an organization successfully into the future?
Far from presenting a naive idea of kindness, this eye-opening book identifies the surprising attributes successful “kind” leaders share. Readers will learn how they can use kindness to:
• motivate employees, committee members, and others
• recognize unique talents while nurturing all employees
• establish a supportive environment
• spur continuous organizational growth
• adapt to change
• stimulate calculated “stretch” and risk-taking
• prepare the next generation of leaders
This realistic book shows leaders how they can use sincerity, honesty, and respect for the good of their organizations.
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Top Customer Reviews
Leading With Kindness is a fresh read. Its information comes from two psychologists who support their ideas with proven concepts, interviews with corporate leaders worldwide and real world examples. As Baker states, "I decided to write this book in order to advocate a different kind of management - a more progressive one based on an understanding of the individual
and an appreciation of the unique talents and contributions each person can offer."
Written in six chapters with an appendix, Baker and O'Malley discuss the six ingredients of kindness. Building upon this foundation they expand the scope of the book to explain what they believe are eight leadership principles in the fourth chapter. Further along in the book they continue to expound the importance of leading with kindness to examine "four qualities that great leaders are able to instill in others" which include self-confidence, self-control, self-awareness, and self-determination.
Leading With Kindness is a very good book boldly discussing a neglected topic in modern business environments. The plain truth is that leaders who demonstrate compassion, concern and kindness motivate others to grow beyond themselves for the benefit of the entire organization.Read more ›
This book has a multitude of gems... for business leaders who desire to lead consistently with positive passionate acts and deeds and personalize and develop relationships with all the people they engage with on a daily basis... and for those who don't and could!
Bill and Michael document many successful companies whose leaders have established this "kindness" culture... and do win the super bowl... the World Series... the gold metals!
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This book changed my work life. I now see leadership as an adventure with great purpose. The book is very well written and provides a lot of insights from leaders across the... Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by M Luther