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A book that illuminates the topic of leadership in a useful, readable, and lively way. -- Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, USC, and Co-author of GEEKS AND GEEZERS: How Era, Values and Defining Moments Shape Leaders --Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, USC, and Co-author of GEEKS AND GEEZERS: How Era, Values and Defining Moments Shape Leaders

"An incredibly readable and useful collection of wit and wisdom on today's most critical success factor — leadership." --David Chilton, author The Wealthy Barber

"This book is a stirring compilation of wisdom regarding leadership." --John H. Zenger, Vice Chairman, Novations Group

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*From the bestselling author of "Growing The Distance"*

In response to the phenomenal success of "Growing the Distance," Jim Clemmer takes us to the next level of leadership development with "The Leader’s Digest." Here the timeless principles of personal or self-leadership described in "Growing the Distance" are extended to the wider context of leading others.

It is, as Jim says, a matter of growing our leadership from "in here" to "out there." Using the same uniquely readable format that contributed to its predecessor’s success, "The Leader’s Digest" provides a wealth of quotations, anecdotes, and insightful commentary, all designed to enrich and inform anyone who is responsible for leading people – whether in a small workgroup or a huge multinational corporation.

Leadership is widely recognized as a key factor in the success of an organization, with the result that a huge "leadership industry" has developed, featuring a multitude of theories and models, as well as a confusing array of grids, charts, formulas, and buzzwords. Now, with "The Leader’s Digest," bestselling author Jim Clemmer has drawn from his decades of research and management-development experience to distill all of this information down to its essentials.

For anyone who wants to get to the heart of understanding leadership, "The Leader’s Digest" is a must-read.

Jim Clemmer is a leading North American thinker on improving personal, team, and organization performance. A popular keynote speaker, management workshop/retreat leader, consultant, and executive coach, he has delivered thousands of presentations and given hundreds of media interviews on leadership. His international bestsellers include "The VIP Strategy," "Firing on All Cylinders," "Pathways to Performance," and "Growing the Distance."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ecw Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968467512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968467510
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim first experienced the transformational power of the personal growth and leadership principles that have since shaped his life and career - and form the key themes of his books - in a straight-commission sales job at Culligan Water Conditioning when he was 18. Applying these principles led to a meteoric rise into supervisory, coaching, and training roles.

In 1981 Jim co-founded and led The Achieve Group to become a major training and consulting company. Both were purchased by Times Mirror and merged with California-based Zenger Miller, Learning International, and Kaset, to form AchieveGlobal. In the past few decades, he's delivered over two thousand highly acclaimed keynote presentations, workshops, and retreats, as well as consulted to and coached executive teams in hundreds of major companies, the public sector, universities, family businesses, and healthcare organizations. This has been a rich source of experiences, perspectives, and practical applications for his writing.

Jim's books have sold nearly 400,000 copies in dozens of languages. He holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. This is the highest earned designation in professional speaking awarded by the International Federation for Professional Speakers. Jim is also a Practitioner in Residence for the masters (MASc) and doctoral (PhD) students in the University of Waterloo's Industrial/Organizational Psychology program.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg L. Thomas on June 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Leader's Digest is a book committed to those who have the responsibility to lead others. It is a natural sequel to Jim Clemmers previous excellent work, Growing the Distance. However, whereas Growing The Distance had a central theme of developing leadership from within, Clemmer's new book discusses valuable timeless principles for those who have the privilege of leading others within groups or organizations. The contents of this book are revealed in nine thoughtful chapters with themes including how leaders make a difference, leadership responsibility, possessing personal authenticity, the need for passion and commitment, and moving leadership into action.

Clemmer is a natural author and his writings are enjoyable to read. He uses an easy to appreciate philosophical approach to teach both basic and complex leadership principles. The Leader's Digest is a book gently seasoned with frequent quotations, classic fables, personal examples and Clemmers own "how-to" points. The author does not simply reshuffle previously known leadership information into a new format. This book offers some strong originality and content. One example is the CLEMMER Group's Leadership Wheel presented in the first chapter. It is a "hub and spoke" model that shows how leadership begins at the core of our being and develops in many directions. Each part of the wheel reflects a different area of leadership and these areas are discussed in the succeeding chapters.

The Leader's Digest is a highly recommended book because it is rooted in the most powerful and truthful principle known by great leaders. As Clemmer comments, "leadership is an inside job. We change them by first changing me... leadership begins "in here" and moves "out there." That calls for changing our lifestyle. It means developing new habits."

If you understand the power that lies behind this remarkable principle, you will want to read The Leader's Digest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2003
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I have read all of Jim's books over the years. I especially enjoyed "The Leader's Digest." I picked up several inspirational and practical ideas that will help me begin a new venture at our University. I agree with Jim's comment that "it is one thing to know, and another to do."
When I owned and operated my business I saw to it that all our employees had the opportunity to read "Growing the Distance." It was a morale boost for all of us. "The Leader's Digest" is a very effective next step to expanding those timeless leadership principles. I plan to share it with all my colleagues who are trying to grow businesses in today's complex environment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Clarke on August 31, 2006
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Like his prior book "Growing The Distance", Jim Clemmer's "Leader's Digest" is a sampler of high impact ideas. Each chapter (or article) is attractively packaged as a brief essay within apt anecdotes and quotations.

In marketing there is a saying that you sell the sizzle, not the steak. Jim Clemmer sells the rich, savory steak surrounded by the sizzle.

Some of Clemmer's ideas are classic Business School. Some are recognizable from the pop-psych realm. All are uniquely restated in forms that make them quickly and easily accessible to even the beginning leader. And motivationally rejuvenating to the old pros.

You don't read this author's books: you visit and revisit them like wise old friends.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Johnson on September 7, 2006
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The emotional role of leadership became clearer to me after reading Jim's book. He doesn't glorify the power of the position, but rather that "people respond to this leadership because they can clearly see the principles from which it flows." I learned techniques that help me be a purveyor of hope with my team, even though I don't sit in the chair at the top.

Like the Reader's Digest that my father always had around when I was younger, The Leader's Digest is full of powerful ideas packed in bite-size chunks. Jim's book, however, weaves those bites into a meal. Without going the route of the popular business fable, Jim's style makes for easy reading as he sprinkles appropriate quotes around contemporary research presented in a non-academic fashion. Where else can you read "The Anti-Serenity Prayer" coupled with The Serenity Prayer?
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By A Customer on May 26, 2003
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I have read all of Jim's books over the years. I especially enjoyed "The Leader's Digest." I picked up several inspirational and practical ideas that will help me begin a new venture at our University. I agree with Jim's comment that "it is one thing to know, and another to do."
When I owned and operated my business I saw to it that all our employees had the opportunity to read "Growing the Distance." It was a morale boost for all of us. "The Leader's Digest" is a very effective next step to expanding those timeless leadership principles. I plan to share it with all my colleagues who are trying to grow businesses in today's complex environment.
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