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12 Steps to Power Presence: How to Assert Your Authority to Lead Paperback – April 6, 2010
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“A succinct guide, punctuated with real-life examples, this book is a good and easy read for new leaders or managers who are looking to revisit the fundamentals of leadership.” --HR Management Magazine
Power Presence demonstrates ways managers can improve their presence strategically and tactically to develop the trust of their people so that they can accomplish their goals and the goals of the organization. There are 12 chapters that will guide you through the process of discovering, developing, and delivering on your leadership presence.
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"Step 11: Coaching Your Boss" ('Give honest feedback from peers...be straight and tell the boss how he is doing...do not sugarcoat...if boss is letting deadlines slip, tell him') needed additional context - you better have a very good relationship with your boss and be speaking to someone who is open in receiving feedback or you'll be "coaching" yourself out of a job. That being said, the book is well written - easy reading - and supported by examples. 12 Steps to Power Presence is a high level primer best suited for new leaders or managers - and it never hurts to revisit the fundamentals especially if you've been in the game for a while.
The 12 steps are:
1) What is leadership presence?
2) Character counts.
3) Five Attributes of Authority
4) Leveraging Power
5) Be Decision
6) Be Straight with People
7) Appearance Does Matter
8) Instill Pride of Purpose
9) To Lead is to Assert
10)Projecting Hope and Optimism
11)Coaching Your Boss
Two of my favorite passages:
"Leadership is more than style, more than communications. It is the projection of the leader's authentic self. That authenticity is made up of a person's beliefs and convictions and reinforced by behavior. That is, it's not `talking the talk' that matters, it's `walking the walk' that makes a difference."
"All of us want to belong to something greater than ourselves, and inspiration is essential. Authority coupled with a sense of aspiration bonds people to the leader."
Not that the 12 principles are wrong. I just think there is not enough detail for a beginner and there is not enough meat for someone with experience. Actually I stopped reading after 2/3rd of the booklet.
Unless you need something very academic and basic, I suggest you look elsewhere.