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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Performance Systems Co; 2nd edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885228376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885228376
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every manager needs to read this book.
Todd A. Nelson
If you are in management, and take things personally, you may believe Mr. Cottrell is writing about you.
Sonny Gann
Anyone can lead, but few can do it effectively.
D. Montez

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sonny Gann on April 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This short book is powerful. If you are in management, and take things personally, you may believe Mr. Cottrell is writing about you. Written from the perspective of "your" employees, he has compiled several managerial issues along with solutions. I recommend this book to ALL managers, Presidents, V.P.s, COO's, CEO's,CFO's, (the list goes on). If you have people working for you, read this book. If you want to be the best manager you can possibly be, APPLY this book as a management tool. If you have managers working for you, make sure you GIVE them Listen Up, Leader. IT'S THAT GOOD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P Pruett on January 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the most effective leadership book I have ever read. It is straightforward and real. It contains all of the information that leaders know, but don't want to hear. What is significant, is the title. It's not titled, "Listen Up, Manager." It's "Listen Up, Leader." Leaders must influence, engage, and enroll employees. Managers complete tasks and oversee. This book provides all of the employee thoughts and whispers that you may not hear. The content is invaluable and timeless. Everyone in leadership needs to read it. Ten times better than "Who Moved My Cheese?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Business Reader on April 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I enjoy this author's work. He is to the point but has a point. This book is about real world leadership problems and what you can do about it. It is not a leadership strategy book but a guide on interpersonal relationships.

I enjoyed his Monday Morning Leadership even more. Both are excellent!
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The book, "Listen Up, Leader!" by David Cottrell is a short, but effective primer aimed at those currently in a leadership position as well as those aspiring to be a leader in the workplace. Written from the perspective of an employee in a non-managerial position, this book offers a terrific vantage point of how employees think and react to their manager's supervisory abilities. Those managerial skills, be it good or bad, positive or negative, culminate in an over-arching lesson in how an effective leader can both inspire and gain the trust of the people they lead.

Oftentimes, the simplest things in life are the ones hardest to master. Anyone can lead, but few can do it effectively. Leaders, as Mr. Cottrell points out, are not born nor the skills of an effective leader be inherited. Only through trial and error and mastering a defined set of skills can you become a leader. This book offers straight answers to tough questions; those in leadership positions who read this book will no doubt recognize areas that they must improve in and the book offers solid, frank solutions on how to correct and fulfill their calling as an effective leader.

I found this book to be both inspiring and highly influential. While the book does not cover anything "new" per se, it simply states the obvious, succinctly offering a common sense approach to the hardest job in the workplace. Many of the lessons taught in this book are grounds for serious reflection, not just on the abilities of what makes an effective leader, but that of the culture of the workplace itself. For example, Mr. Cottrell states in the book that, "If you don't show us you care, we conclude that you don't. Then we reciprocate... we stop caring, too".

While a quick read, the book represents a solid effort by Mr.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne O'Neill on April 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Make sure your boss reads this book. It is true to today's work place.
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By T&P Wilson on October 8, 2013
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I bought this book for a college course. But it turned out to be applicable to marriage and ministry. Not rocket science but common sense tips for anyone who leads an organization or family. I bought it used but it was in better condition than expected.
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More About the Author

David Cottrell is a premier authority on leadership and an internationally known speaker, author and business executive. He has written over 25 books including the perennial best selling, Monday Morning Leadership.

David and his wife Madeline split their time in Boerne, Texas and Covington, Louisiana.

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