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The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate Hardcover – May 26, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780071621243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071621243
  • ASIN: 0071621245
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling The Extraordinary Leader

The result of extensive research conducted over a four-year period, this breakthrough leadership book reveals the principles and behaviors top leaders use to build an emotional connection between themselves and their teams.

“While providing the same practical ‘hard science’ approach to bring focus and value, this writing advances the practice of leadership development with new insight, new advice, and new inspiration for all of us to grow.”
–Kevin D. Wilde, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, (2007 CLO of the Year), General Mills, Inc.

The Inspiring Leader provides new insights into how leaders can improve the results of their organization through inspiration.”
–Bill Blase, Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources, AT&T Corp.

“The real importance of this book is the clear and simple road map it provides on how to lead in ways that release the seldom fully tapped performance power in our organizations.”
–Michael A. Peel, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Yale University

“Finally a book that provides empirical evidence that inspirational leaders consistently produce superior results.”
–Kevin Rhein, Group Executive Vice President, Card Services and Consumer Lending, Wells Fargo Bank

“Following the steps recommended by the authors will enhance leadership skills, influence employee engagement, and impact business results. A real winner.”
–Pam Poggi, Vice President, Corporate Human Resources Development, Safeway, Inc.

About the Author

John H. Zenger, D.B.A., is the CEO of Zenger Folkman, a firm that brings empirical research, innovative development methods, and software tools to leadership development. He is a member of the HRD Hall of Fame and has authored or coauthored eight books and 50 articles on leadership, productivity, and teams.

Joseph R. Folkman, Ph.D., is president of Zenger Folkman. He is an authoritative voice on the subject of developing and using employee surveys to create organizational change and 360-degree feedback assessment for individual development. He is a frequent keynote speaker and conference presenter on a variety of topics regarding leadership, feedback, and organizational change.

Scott K. Edinger is executive vice president of Zenger Folkman, where he consults with Fortune 500 companies to initiate and implement large-scale performance improvement and leadership initiatives. He is an expert in helping organizations achieve measurable business results.


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"The Inspiring Leader" is a top pick and recommended reading for anyone faced with the task of leadership.
Midwest Book Review
Like StrenghtsFinder, this book is rooted (mostly) in quantitative, fact-based measurement of what strengths great leader possess.
Jeremey Donovan
With all the leadership books burgeoning shelves it's no wonder another leadership book seems like, well, just another book.
Dr. Brett Savage

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Brett Savage on July 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
With all the leadership books burgeoning shelves it's no wonder another leadership book seems like, well, just another book. Not so with The Inspiring Leader! The rigorous research is right on the money and the developmental applications are attainable for any leader willing to put forth the persistent effort to inspire others. The "matter of fact" data reveals what inspiring leaders actually do to combine a certain set of strengths and actions and thus "magically" inspire others to follow them. The authors combine their own strengths to create a great read that is; seamless, immediately informative, academically inclusive, interesting, and yes, in a word, INSPIRING! Get this book and give it your best shot! It may inspire you too!

Dr. S. Brett Savage
President/CEO
Next Phase Leadership
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rita M. Graziano on July 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Inspiring Leader is one of those rare books on Leadership: it is at once immensely practical (ideas to use NOW) and at the same time grounded in the best research and models pertaining to that illusive thing called leadership. And instead of avoiding the topic of inspiration which has long been held to be immeasurable and therefore not a topic to discuss, Dr Jack Zenger courageously and successfully breaks apart this key to leadership success so that we can all understand it and make positive use of our understanding. Outstanding book for leaders! Give it to your boss!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The mark of a great leader is someone who gets the job done with quiet confidence, as well as unyielding honesty & integrity. Clearly, charisma is not necessarily a part of the equation; however, building trust is critical. That's why we liked Ike. We didn't have to worry about him doing something dishonest or stupid. We felt safe with him in the Oval Office.

By 2009, we've seen a variety of leaders in all sectors of society come & go. Some were wonderfully inspiring; some not so great. In defining the qualiities that make up an "inspiring leader", authors Zenger, Folkman & Edinger have collaborated on this gem, which is about as good as it gets in covering the issue.

I'm not so sure the qualities that make up a great leader are all that "secret", however, they are vital. Very few have been able to attain the level of greatness achieved by the likes of Lincoln or Churchill; what they seemed to possess, along with other great leaders in politics or business, is a quality of unyielding honesty & integrity. Nowadays, those qualities seem to be difficult to find in so many of our current leaders; perhaps they should read this book to get a clue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In every type of organization and in every culture, people want to follow leaders who motivate them to achieve difficult goals. In The Extraordinary Leader, the authors' previous, highly acclaimed book, John H. Zenger, Joseph R. Folkman and Scott K. Edinger examined the 16 core competencies that distinguish superior leaders from merely good ones. In this new work, they employ statistical data and empirical evidence to prove conclusively what people intuitively know: The ability to inspire is, by far, the most salient leadership trait. The authors discuss the strategies that great leaders employ to motivate others and explain how to use them. getAbstract recommends their book to managers, executives and others who want their organizations to accomplish great things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremey Donovan on July 2, 2012
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Of the 100s of leadership books I have read, I consider this in the top 5. In fact, I wish I had read this before reading all of the others since it provides a broad overview of strategic, operational, and people leadership strengths.

Like StrenghtsFinder, this book is rooted (mostly) in quantitative, fact-based measurement of what strengths great leader possess. The big "ah-hah" in this book is that "motivates and inspires others" is THE must have strength. After this big reveal, the authors do an excellent job clearly explaining what it means to be inspirational.

"The Inspiring Leader" gives the how-to that is missing from StrenghtsFinder and is therefore a nice complement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Clemmer on April 14, 2012
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This is an extraordinary book on leadership from the experts in extraordinary leadership. In 2002, legendary training and development expert Jack Zenger (he's been given numerous international awards and citations) and Joe Folkman (renowned psychometrician with extensive expertise in survey research and leader assessments) published their groundbreaking book The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders. That book was based on their extensive database of more than 200,000 multi-rater or 360-degree feedback reports describing 20,000 managers. It became the foundation for Zenger Folkman's thriving leadership development and consulting firm.

The Inspiring Leader draws from this deep well of research to bring an evidence-based or hard scientific approach to the very soft issue of inspirational leadership. There are countless opinions, platitudes, theories, anecdotes, and leadership models competing for attention today. Periodically I search Amazon for an update on how many leadership books are available. Today's search shows over 50,000!

What's refreshingly unique about all of Zenger Folkman's books and services is their very powerful combination of solid research, building on strengths, and practical how-to applications. As they write in Chapter One, "this book is not a creation of ideas for how leaders inspire. Rather, it provides you with a discovery of what the best leaders around the world do to inspire and motivate others."

The Inspiring Leader emerged from Zenger Folkman's ongoing analysis of their extraordinary leader database in answer to the question "aeSo if I have to choose one thing to work on, what should it be?
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