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Real Leaders Don't Boss: Inspire, Motivate, and Earn Respect from Employees and Watch Your Organization Soar Paperback – February 22, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 1 edition (February 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631862
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

One of the leadership field's preeminent experts, Dr. Ritch K. Eich has spent the last four decades studying the philosophies and fundamentals of true leaders. He's been a top executive, a military communications specialist, a U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff officer, a college teacher, a administrator, a consultant, a writer, and an entrepreneur. Along the way, he's worked with or for a Who's Who of world leaders, from Howard Holmes (Jiffy Mix) to Tom Monaghan (Domino's Pizza founder) to Admiral William Thompson. He is founder and president of Eich Associated, a strategic branding, marketing, communication, and management coaching firm; an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University; a frequent speaker and blogger on leadership and marketing; and a columnist for various business and professional publications.

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His writing style is easy to read and humorous.
Desert Wolverine
Ritch Eich's book is a must read for anyone who aspires to become not a "good" leader, but a "real" leader.
Dr. G.
The author has a nice way of using experience to tell the stories and implant his lessons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany W on April 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've had a passion for leadership studies for several years now, and I was excited to get my hands on another book. While he brings a lot to the table for looking at leadership, I didn't see anything new that hadn't been said by others before him. However, I think my biggest problem with the book was how he gave examples. Every few sentences, he was introducing someone new and explaining that s/he exemplified whatever characteristic was being talked about at the time. He never dove into the stories of his examples; he never went above a surface-level explanation of the person and the characteristic. In addition, most of the times that he named people, he linked them to himself as often as he could. I assume that he was doing that to show his relationship with them, but it came across to me like he was name-dropping though the entire book. I wish that he would have picked two or three people who exemplified his characteristics and showed real life stories where they happened. This would have allowed us a deeper understanding of the people and the characteristic. Not to mention, it would have eliminated most of the confusion that occurred whenever he introduced a new example (I.e. every new paragraph).

Overall, the book would probably be good if you are just beginning your quest into leadership development, however, if you've studied it before, I wouldn't waste my time on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Ullmen on February 10, 2012
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Ritch Eich integrates four decades of experience leading and working with leaders in the private sector, public sector and academia. He's seen it all, and in addition to that, he is an astute and reliable guide through fascinating and enriching historical examples of leadership insights. This book is an engaging statement of wisdom and depth about how to bring forth the best in oneself and others in pursuit of noble aims.

Ritch also leads by example: Proceeds from the sale of Real Leaders Don't Boss will be donated to not-for-profit organizations that are caring for U.S. Military men and women who were wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan.

If you aspire to help others, lead others or improve yourself, read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William K on May 3, 2012
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As a retired partner of a Big 4 accounting firm and as a current board member of public companies, I have worked with leaders (maybe I should say 'bosses')and young future leaders of all different types and styles. Ritch Eich's book was a great read and I believe the knowledge gained from the book can be immediately put to use by current bosses and, more importantly, those that are working there way up to leadership positiions. This book combines his practical experience with a number of different businesses/institutions with "Takeaways" that can be put to use. I will be giving the book to several up and coming leaders that can benefit from it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lew on March 23, 2012
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Drawing on his rich experiences, Ritch Eich provides personal anecdotes that demonstrate his eight "essentials for effective leadership." These practical essentials are useful for all who seek to lead -- from work groups to the C-suite. Eich highlights the success of servant leaders and the difference between being just a boss and a leader, who develops and trusts his team. You'll find this a good addition to your reference shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desert Wolverine on March 12, 2012
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Real Leaders Don't Boss is only 200 pages but packed with wisdom from an author with PhD in Organizational Behavior and Communication and years of experience working in academic medical centers, the military, government and major corporations. The Eight Essentials of leadership are valuable lessons for those in any supervisory position be it General, Dean, CEO or Coach. The lessons are applicable in the workplace or on the homefront: attentive listening, respect, integrity, character and mentoring others. Each chapter has references and the chapter with online resources is helpful. His writing style is easy to read and humorous. Micro managers with big egos may not find this book so amusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John T. Chamberlain on March 3, 2012
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Ritch Eich's extensive experience with a number of prominent leaders from a wide variety of industries has given him valuable perspective that fortunately he is willing to share with all of us. His high ethical standards and intrinsic integrity has provided him with a prism to judge truly effective leadership styles. In today's cynical world, this is a much needed book. It is also very gratifying that proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to not-for-profit organizations that are helping U.S. military men and women who were wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. This is a must read.

John Chamberlain
Director of Marketing
Limoneira Company
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A on February 20, 2012
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Ritch Eich's book, 'Real Leaders Don't Boss,' is only 200 pages but dense with examples and stories that bring to life the Eight Essentials of Effective Leadership. This is a book that motivates and prepares readers to 'Get Ready to Lead,' the title of the final chapter. Each chapter builds on one essential of effective leadership and smoothly flows into the next to inform us not only what it takes to be a leader, but how to become one in our daily lives....as a parent, supervisor, team leader, CEO, life partner. Easy to read, passionate, inspiring and an indispensable guide to taking a true leadership role in our own lives.
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