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Ready to Lead? A Story for Leaders and Their Mentors Hardcover – April 9, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership (Book 202)
  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787969516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787969516
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,899,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Reading more like a good novel than a typical business book, Ready to Lead? is packed with great ideas that are both practical and inspirational. A must-read for anyone developing leadership skills in themselves or others.”
—Margie Naddaff, director of leadership and professional development, Harvard University Center for Training & Development

“A smart and thoughtful story from a rising star in leadership. You will be inspired as well as entertained!”
—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, and author, Organizing Genius

“This unique book offers smart, insightful direction for leaders everywhere! Learn the principles, skills, and attributes necessary to make you a more effective, purposeful, and powerful leader.”
—Sean Covey, vice president of innovation and product development at FranklinCovey

“In our high-speed technological age, stories will capture the imagination and convey information powerfully. Alan Price has crafted an inspiring tale for all those who want to be business leaders and for those who would mentor them. Women and men both in traditional and nontraditional organizations will find this a valuable resource.”
—Nancy Miriam Hawley, president, View Point, and founder and coauthor, The New Our Bodies, Ourselves

"The best book I know to turn a reader into a leader. I couldn't put it down."
—Roger Fisher, director, Harvard Negotiation Project, and coauthor, Getting to Yes

From the Inside Flap

"Patricia, let me see if I follow you. You’re telling me that I’m in the driver’s seat. I can control my own destiny here, or I can at least choose from a number of assignments. All I have to do is answer some questions."
"That’s right."
"OK, I’m game. Ask away."

Patricia stopped and turned from the window. She looked directly at Mark. "Are you ready to lead?"

Mark Gibson’s annual performance evaluation took a dramatic shift when his boss took him by surprise with this straightforward challenge.

Written with the flair of a master storyteller, Alan Price’s Ready to Lead? tells the tale of Mark Gibson, a young executive who is searching for inspiration and leadership skills as he experiences the inevitable growing pains in his career. Ready to Lead? spins a compelling insider’s tale that shows what it takes to develop from the role of a successful manager to become an authentic leader.

Mark Gibson’s victories and struggles teach simple yet highly effective leadership lessons, including how to

  • Create and communicate a vision
  • Inspire employees
  • Deal with change and overcome mistakes
  • Work on a team and develop other leaders
  • Manage work-life balance

If you are at a crossroads in your own career or are mentoring someone who is, Ready to Lead? offers a fresh source of inspiration. Ready to Lead? will be your guidebook for stepping out of the role of manager and taking the next step to becoming a dynamic leader.


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This book clearly shows that people still matter.
Stephen D. Smith
I heartily recommend this book to all who seek to improve their business management career and a means to facilitate leadership growth as well as personal betterment.
Roland A. Turmaine
I read it all at once, due to the intriguing story, and 160 pages are not so much to read in a single breath.
Donato Greco

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen D. Smith on June 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read many business books every year. When I was handed a copy of Alan Price's READY TO LEAD? I assumed I would be studying bullet-pointed statistics and famous quotes and instead was treated to a prose story. I appreciated this very basic case study translation of what was likely years of research. Actually, I loved this book. I am encouraged by the story in which Wes, a corporate manager set in his ways, was inspired by the parent company's young upstart, Mark. In the present economy, company mergers and takeovers commonly involve firing, not inspiring.
This is the most inspirational non-religous book I've ever read. I get so bogged down by research and trend books that manage to avoid any helpful application suggestions. This book clearly shows that people still matter. And at just over 140 pages, it is a comfortable read. But I suggest two reading; the first to absorb the moment, and the second to put that yellow highlighter in your desk to work. I know because of this book, I am currently creating my definition of leadership.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B.Sudhakar Shenoy on June 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of Mark and his journey from management into leadership, mentored by his boss Patricia. Sam the old man and founder of the group of companies that Mark works for also provides some good tips. Written in a simple narrative style, this small book is actually packed with lots of practical guidance on leadership. Are you ready to lead ? is a question that kick starts the story of Mark's test on leadership to revive a sinking plant, and is also the most appropriate title for this book.
The distinction between management and leadership is brought out so clearly and one can take this definition to improve competencies on both. Leadership is about people who have heads and hearts. This book is a story where leadership takes over when management falters.
When I finished the book, I got a feeling that the last few chapters could have been little more detailed and also that Mark, a professional manager at times appears to be a school kid asking his teacher for help, too often. Mark has since graduated, with honors. Ready to read ?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roland A. Turmaine on April 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This slender volume managed to do what many, if not most business management books do not. It had my interest early on and managed to maintain my curiosity throughout. The plot line was plausible, realistic and lively. The characters were well drawn. The novel accomplishment however, is the way in which many important lessons for business management and personal growth were conveyed. I heartily recommend this book to all who seek to improve their business management career and a means to facilitate leadership growth as well as personal betterment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that I read in one evening, that literally pointed out for me the difference between leadership and managers. You cannot lead if you are too busy trying to manage. I also never realized that leadership is situational, and the the definition of leadership is different for each person and each situation. This book clarifies those points, and you have to pass it on to a friend or another leader in your life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is great! I enjoyed the characters, the scenery and the writing style. Not only was the story compelling but it also stimulated me to think about my career, my motivations, and better ways to mentor junior staff. I highly recommend it.
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