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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780781445498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781445498
  • ASIN: 0781445493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do not be fooled by size or the title of this book.   I have been in leadership positions for over 30 years and truly enjoyed this style of writting. He points out the mistakes and before you know it you are on knees confessing that you have done the same. This is a must read for every executive in your company.  - mby Manual Hernandez.

From the Author

I originally wrote The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make in the early 1990s. I had just turned forty and was relatively young in my leadership experience as a new CEO. The success of this book over the years has been encouraging, especially since most books by unknown authors never go into a second printing. I have heard from so many readers who could empathize with the issues I brought up. Most of the people I hear from suffer in some way under leaders who still don't get it: the servant collab- orative leadership style. They write to say thank you for giving them hope and new ideas of how to do leadership right. With all that has been writ- ten about empowering leadership styles, my observation still holds true that it is not a natural part of human nature. Unless leaders are out there learning and opening themselves to different ideas on how to lead, most will continue to default toward top-down leadership. 

More About the Author

Hans Finzel is a successful author, teacher and leader among leaders. He has trained leaders internationally on five continents. Hans recently completed twenty years as President and CEO of international non-profit WorldVenture with a staff of 550 workers in 70 countries worldwide.

Hans is now the "Leadership Answerman" in the podcasting world. www.leadershipanswerman.com He is also the President of HDLeaders.

Hans and his wife Donna spent ten years living in Vienna, Austria while training leaders throughout Eastern Europe behind the Iron Curtain before the fall of communism. Dr. Finzel is the author of seven books, including his bestseller "The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make". He and his wife have four grown children. They reside in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Hans is excited about his latest leadership book, "The Top Ten Leadership Commandments."(David C. Cook, Release date 3/1/2012) "I think Moses had the hardest leadership job in the history of the Bible. I have been studying his life for eight years...and his handling of discouragement gave me the will to go on through the dark days of my own leadership challenges as CEO."

Customer Reviews

Easy read with some good info.
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Finzel's book- The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make offers great leadership principles good for all kinds of leaders.
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Fantastic book filled with practical advice from a seasoned leader.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Mitchell on February 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Finzel's book was written in '94, well before Kotter's "What Leaders Really Do" (written in '99) & Collins' "Good to Great" (written in '01). Finzel "outs" the most immediate perils to any leader's reign (top 10) & did so prior to the market research that Kotter & Collins offer. Kotter & Collins provide the data that supports Finzel's book, but Finzel's text is to the point & more eloquent. Pay special attention to mistakes #2 & 8. In today's corportae culture, not fitting the culture is a deal killer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Berger on November 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Hans Finzel makes the case that poor leadership habits are often the byproduct of observing others' poor leadership habits. This book suggests a concise list of such habits for leaders to dissect and change, with anecdotal examples as well as clear action items that can be implemented tomorrow morning.

Generally, Dr. Finzel solves his Top Ten list of mistakes using the strategies of servant leadership (the basis of the author's own success in church leadership), and he supports his writing with Biblical quotes and his own view on modeling one's actions after Christ's.

However, Finzel generally delivers plain-spoken, well-explained concepts that can be employed in most companies and organizations. Whatever your religion, his strategies embrace a positive, ethical approach to leadership that has been glaringly absent in many corporate American cultures in recent years.

This title probably didn't make a bestseller list, but it is a hidden gem for both established and emerging leaders who wish to prevent or improve upon common poor habits -- a refreshing change of pace from the mainstream best-sellers. For the price, it belongs in your leadership library.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Hernandez on January 20, 2004
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Do not be fooled by size or the title of this book. Small which makes for a quick read and an excellent reference guide. The points that are developed are not rocket science stuff but points that are faced regularly. I have been in leadership positions for over 30 years and truly enjoyed this style of writting. He points out the mistakes and before you know it you are on knees confessing that you have done the same. I especially liked the chapters on "Dirty Delegation" and how it takes the wind out of the sail from any project. Leaders make this error in the name of geting things done. Another favorite of mine is, "Communication Chaos". This sole, small, simple chapter has changed how we communicate in our corporation. More info, relevant info, important info; info; info and more info. This chapter alone has increased our atmosphere of teamwork and productivity. This is a must read for every executive in your company.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on December 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was written in 1994 and yet when I picked up a copy to read recently it presents concepts absolutely essential to today's corporate environment. This is all the more remarkable considering that his original audience for his book were those in leadership positions in the church. Thus, throughout the book are both organizational and spiritual concepts.

The book is divided neatly into ten chapters, each dealing with a "mistake" and providing the counter examples of how these leadership issues can be reversed to allow for more growth within the organization and better leadership.

The titles of the ten chapters are themselves fascinating and excellent at describing the leadership mistakes. They include; The top-down attitude; Putting paperwork before people work; The absence of affirmation; No room for mavericks; Dictatorship in decision-making; Dirt delegation; Communication chaos; Missing the clues of corporate culture; Success without successors; Failure to focus on the future.

Each of these chapters presents some outstanding insights into how leaders fail to make the most of their people, and get results. One in particular is always the challenge of leadership in most corporations, the "No room for mavericks" describes how the most creative, and insightful of employees are often forced to comply with the inside-the-box thinking of the organizations current status. Of course, without "mavericks" many companies simply fade out of existence, and many others become a shadow of what they once were. Yet today inside many corporations are leaders so focused on compliance and control, that they may control away their futures, and drive those who are innovative away to other places.

This book is simple, straightforward, and completely accurate. Very highly recommended, as nearly every chapter could be a book in itself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book 'TOP TEN MISTAKES...' and then waited a year to read it. I wish I had read this book that instant.This is one of those paperbacks that is short, concise, and Full of information; useful stuff with some examples. As soon as I had finished the book, I found a way to recomend it to MY boss.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CyberAnth on March 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Simpy put, if I had to choose only ONE book on leadership to have, this would be it. One, Finzel's book is power-packed and very too-the-point. He wastes little time with redundant examples, but chooses them carefully to illustrate his points. Hence, two, this is a quick read. Three, it is one worth re-reading, and then savoring.
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