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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071482660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071482660
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aubrey C. Daniels is the author of the bestselling management classic Bringing Out the Best in People. His management consulting firm, Aubrey Daniels International, works with business leaders around the world. Daniels is an internationally recognized expert on management, leadership, and workplace issues. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, and on CNN and CNBC.

James E. Daniels, Vice President and Senior Consultant with Aubrey Daniels International, has developed productivity and quality improvement systems for corporations across the globe. He is coauthor (with Daniels) of the definitive behavioral text Performance Management: Changing Behavior That Drives Organizational Effectiveness.


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Aubrey C. Daniels is the author of the bestselling management classic Bringing Out the Best in People. His management consulting firm, Aubrey Daniels International, works with business leaders around the world. Daniels is an internationally recognized expert on management, leadership, and workplace issues. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, and on CNN and CNBC.

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Must reading for anyone in management or that has any desire to have a positive influence.
Paul D., Fleming
Excellent book... covers all important aspects of leadership... very easy to read... practical and easy to apply to everyday life.
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This book cuts to the basic premises of organizational leadership, power and the behaviors inherent in each.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In Measure of a Leader, behavioral experts Dr. Aubrey Daniels and James Daniels propose yet another "new model of leadership." Under this model, the authors suggest that the leader's role is to create conditions under which followers apply discretionary effort to implement the organizational mission, vision and values. They define discretionary behavior as "that behavior that a person could do if they choose, but for which they would not be punished if they

didn't...commonly (referred) to as going above and beyond the call of duty" (p. 16).

Unlike other books on leadership which focus on the leader's behavior, this book claims that the follower's behavior in response to the leader is what truly defines effective leadership. The four criteria of follower behavior include followers:

1. Apply discretionary effort towards the leader's goals;

2. Voluntarily sacrifice self-interest for the leader's cause;

3. Reinforce or critique others to encourage conformance to the leader's teachings; and

4. Establish guidelines for their own personal behaviors based upon what they perceive the leader

would approve or disapprove.

The book covers 19 chapters in an easy-to-read 200 pages. I found chapter three on discretionary effort, chapter five on leaders and managers, chapter nine on measuring follower response, and the Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC) Model of follower motivation in chapter 11 to be of particular interest. The Appendix includes a very useful checklist highlighting 50 things to do for increasing leadership impact.

The writing is crisp and matter-of-fact, almost free of academic jargon that can confuse readers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on May 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
True leaders are rare. They possess a complex set of skills and, more importantly, the ability to lead diverse groups of people toward a common goal or ideal. There is also direction given to organizations on how to provide the structure for successful leadership with mission- and value-driven employees.

The first thing we examine in MEASURE OF A LEADER is leadership, its definition and several pertinent facts. "We contend that the leader's role is to establish the conditions under which all performers will choose to execute the mission, vision, and values of the organization." An effective leader will impact their followers well beyond bottom line profits or sales. This book cuts to the basic premises of organizational leadership, power and the behaviors inherent in each.

Creating discretionary behavior is a very difficult task for managers in a highly structured environment. "Discretionary behavior is the product of positive reinforcement. It is the behavior which a person could do if they choose." We all know co-workers who simply have a stronger work ethic, better organizational skills, or higher production rates, based on their attitude about their job and work environment. MEASURE OF A LEADER focuses on the meaning and importance of behaviors. These definitions and examples examine the behaviors created by strong and weak managers and leaders. Also, the results created by these behaviors in organizations are discussed.

"The characteristics of leadership are not necessarily those of an effective manager. Leadership is concerned with getting people to want the reinforcers to be found in the behavior asked for; management is concerned with the delivery of reinforcement for the behaviors when they occur." Management focused on behaviors vs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Jones on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Daniels brothers have brought a new level of precision and behavioral focus to the leadership advocacy arena.

I've never read anything that portrays the true nature of leadership better than this book.

It's not a quick read, which may limit the audience in this era of EADD (executive attention deficit disorder). It's also not a superficial scraping of what leadership might appear to be.

It's more like what leadership really is, and the best ways to see that it occurs with more regularity and success.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Johnson on January 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Every person in a leadership position or student who plans to be in a leadership role needs to read and absorb the wonderful insights the Daniels brothers have put into this book. This is the first time I've seen anyone provide a viable methodology for truly measuring leadership. The book is rich with examples and remedies that any serious student leadership will find invaluable in their quest for excellence.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Sullivan on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is simply a "must read" for anyone in a leadership role and is written by two icons in the field.

What it IS NOT is an easy quick fix approach to leadership but rather a comprehensive, scientifically proven approach that has been validated by years of field application. The book provides theory and thought provoking ideas but goes the extra step by giving readers concrete "how to" techniques that can be implemented with immediate results.
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