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“Presents convincing evidence that the best leaders are not ‘single celled’ or ‘one-trick ponies.’ Leaders will discover new behaviors that enable them to go beyond their autopilot approaches and the ultimate ruts that so many dig for themselves.”
—Jack Zenger, CEO, Zenger Folkman, and coauthor of the bestselling The Extraordinary Leader and The Extraordinary Coach

“The quest for leadership is first an inner quest to discover who you are, and one of the best places to begin that quest is with The 8 Dimensions of Leadership.”
—Jim Kouzes, Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, and coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and The Truth about Leadership

“An enormously valuable book—I was stunned by its ability to hit home for me in so many aspects of my own current leadership challenges and opportunities.”
—David Allen, Chairman, David Allen Company, and author of Getting Things Done
 

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Jeffrey Sugerman, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of Inscape Publishing, a leading provider of training materials for the corporate market. Sugerman brings 20 years of experience in senior management, marketing and business development in the technology, training and publishing industries. Mark Scullard, Ph.D., is the director of research at Inscape Publishing, where he is responsible for product development, research strategies and data analysis. He has over a decade of research and data analysis experience when it comes to the development of psychological evaluation tools and methods. He has also been an instructor at the University of Minnesota, where his curriculum includes psychology, experimental psychology and research methods and statistics. Emma Wilhelm, M.S., joined Inscape Publishing in 2008 as part of the product development team. Her publishing career has included work at PhotoAssist, Inc., Acorn Media, and Human Kinetics, and her work has ranged from research, to content development, to acquisitions. Wilhelm left publishing for several years to pursue a career in collegiate coaching and teaching, where she oversaw NCAA and YMCA leadership programs for undergraduates.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bk Business
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605099554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605099552
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sue Hammond on May 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you haven't looked at DiSC in a few years, pick up this book to see what the innovative leaders at Inscape Publishing have produced. You can take the free assessment with the book and you'll get a one page map that will direct you to the chapters that are relevant to you. Those chapters are focused and action oriented. Anyone can put them to use to become a better leader, team member or just a better colleague. Unlike so many books out there that are full of theory and wasted words, this one is not. It's not a book you read cover to cover. Instead, you read what you need. There is more, and if you wish to read it, it won't be wasted time because every 'lesson' in the book is going to be helpful. The 8 dimensions are ultimately necessary to good leadership, and great teamwork. We're all naturally good at one or two of them, but this book shows us how to ramp up the ones that do not come so easily.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jeffrey Sugerman, Mark Scullard and Emma Wilhelm have created a book that employs the DiSC strategies. For those who are unfamiliar with this acronym, the following may be useful: 'DISC is a quadrant behavioral model to examine the behavior of individuals in their environment or within a specific situation (otherwise known as environment). It therefore focuses on the styles and preferences of such behavior. This system of dimensions of observable behavior has become known as the universal language of behavior. Characteristics of behavior can be grouped into these four major "personality styles" - DOMINANCE (relating to control, power and assertiveness), INFLUENCE (relating to social situations and communication,
STEADINESS (relating to patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness) and CONSCIENTIOUSNESS (relating to structure and organization) - and they tend to exhibit specific characteristics common to that particular style. All individuals possess all four, but what differs from one to another is the extent of each. For most, these types are seen in shades of grey rather than black or white, and within that, there is an interplay of behaviors, otherwise known as blends. The determination of such blends starts with the primary (or stronger) type, followed by the secondary (or lesser) type, although all contribute more than just purely the strength of that "signal". Having understood the differences between these blends makes it possible to integrate individual team members with less troubleshooting. In a typical team, there are varying degrees of compatibility, not just toward tasks but interpersonal relationships as well. However, when they are identified, energy can be spent on refining the results.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAME on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
The work cites 8 Dimensions of Leadership vital
to success. All 8 dimensions need to be incorporated
into a successful leader's approach toward problem
solving. The dimensions are pioneering, energizing,
affirming, inclusiveness, humility, deliberation,
resolute and being in command. There are pitfalls
to each dimension and the book cites them exhaustively.

For example, an energizing leader will take the chance
on new ideas to promote greater growth or exploit
untapped potential. An inclusive leader will be
diplomatic, accepting and patient. The downside of
too much inclusiveness is analysis paralysis.

Deliberate leadership tends to be systematic in
the approach. Caution and analysis are the order
of the day. The downside is that deliberate leaders
tend to be risk averse. Resolute leaders tend to
question authority, take an independent stance and
challenge the status quo. The important aspect is to
be resolute in the right course of action.

Pioneers like to maneuver in uncharted territory.
Proponents of the Space Program were pioneers. Without
their risk taking, many theories in science could never
have been tested outside the earth's atmosphere.
Without pioneering in the heavens, we would know
very little about deep space and extensive natural
gas sources on Saturn.

Energizing leaders place a premium on a pleasant
atmosphere and have low tolerance for negative emotions.
Without some organizational conflict, the best decision
options cannot be thrashed out, discussed
and decided for the benefit of everyone.
An affirmative leadership places importance on
building morale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lola on January 8, 2013
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This text offers readers a self-assessment and an interpretation of strengths as well as how to maximize work style preferences and leadership styles in response to a variety of demands and professional contexts. As a coach, it provides supplemental ideas to support clients and understanding DiSC in a more depthful way. Recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doc peterson VINE VOICE on October 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
I learned much about leadership as a combat medic in the Marine Corps; contrary to popular imagining, good leadership is not done by yelling or fear (see No Yelling: The 9 Secrets of Marine Corps Leadership You Must Know to Win in Business) or, as Machiavelli put it, "being both feared and loved", but rather by clear communication and team building - what the Marine Corps referred to as "esprit de corps". I was therefore a bit skeptical when, as part of a management class I was asked to read from _The 8 Dimensions of Leadership_, not only out of contempt for "self-help" books in general, but also a belief that I had a pretty good idea of what leadership is.

Sugerman, Scullard and Wilhelm's book is very different from what I had anticipated, and I was doubly pleased that the information here was both insightful and useful. By answering a series of questions about how one responds to different situations, people and obstacles (reminiscent in many ways to a Briggs-Meyers), readers are then identified as one of 8 types of leaders: pioneering, energizing, affirming, inclusive, humble, deliberate, resolute, or commanding. Each style of leadership has its strengths (which are discussed), but so too do each of these styles present unique challenges to completing the team goal. From this, readers are directed to specific chapters where lessons to improve your leadership style are addressed. In short, the book helps you beocme a better leader by highlighting what works and by suggesting approaches and changes to improve communication, build group cohesion, identify and articulate clear goals, and inspiring and developing talent working for you.
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