- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511749407
- ISBN-13: 978-1511749404
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,077,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Attitude Reflects Leadership
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Jhonni Parker rated it 5 of 5 stars "A must read for leadership understanding and improvement. This book provides a good foundation for setting the right tone and direction with your company as a leader. It is clear, concise, and to the point with meaningful examples. So informational. I can see this really helping others to better manage a team and get better results with a happier workforce. I will read this book a few more times to absorb all the info to learn. Everyone in a Leadership role needs to read this book. The information is intelligent, inspiring, and encouraging."
John Goldman rated it 4 of 5 stars "This is a great reference for any business student hoping to break into business, and should be a must read for any manager/owner of a company, especially a smaller one (I do not think some ideas would work in a larger scale corporation). In addition, there was valuable insight just on business relations that I think many could benefit from. A welcome addition to the genre."
About the Author
I grew up enjoying math and avoiding English. Unless it was required, even in college, I ran from every English class I could. English had too many rules, and even more exceptions to every rule. I did however, have a natural curiosity for words and what they mean. After all, I must use words to communicate and I want to be understood.
My mind is structured mechanically, and I naturally fixed things around the house. My mom learned this when I was young and would always throw projects at me to fix. I enjoyed seeing broken things work again. In college, I majored in mathematics and minored in mechanical engineering. It was a natural choice. As my career developed into management, I realized I had a gift for understanding business, seeing a problem and leading people to the solution. I began to experiment with my leadership philosophies and studying business and the psychology of leading people. The result... success.
My friends, and former co-workers would tell me horrible story after another about the horrific bosses they had, after many years I decided to do something about it. I started writing as therapy to express my anger toward these bad managers out there in the workforce who dominate their employees. It is completely unnecessary and counter-productive.
Now, to my surprise, I've written a book. The stranger thing was, I enjoyed it. Yes, English. It may have been helpful for me to have taken more English and writing classes. I wrote a book anyway.
The funny thing is, I want to write another one.
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What he offers he has gained from experience - on the workforce, in the workforce, on top of the workforce and an also-ran for reasons this book explains. He makes it personal from the top: `The owner of several large businesses approached me with a proposition. He asked me to fix a large division of his most lucrative company. For years he'd been having problems delivering the service which his company was paid to provide, and had hired and fired many directors to solve the problem without success. I was excited to apply my leadership and management philosophies on a large scale. This was a unique opportunity to take a loathsome division, clean it up, and strengthen it to be the most successful division in any of his companies. The problem was with the main company's operations division at their corporate headquarters. I knew this division's reputation. It was large, with over eighty employees, five departments and five managers, and held the great responsibility of product fulfillment. This department produced the service that the company was selling. The main issue was the work was consistently late because processing was over four weeks behind. In other words, from the time a customer signed up, it took over a month for them to receive any benefit. This was an enormous problem, costing the company millions of dollars in revenue. Customers were unhappy and complaining, which placed immense pressure on the customer service manager and department with convincing them to remain with the company. I'm not sure how many operations division directors there had been before me, but I knew of four in the past three years. If I accepted, I would be the fifth. The previous director was recruited by a competing start-up company and had quit the disastrous division. You must understand this company didn't believe in firing employees. Instead, management banished them to the land of misfits hoping they quit. Management adopted the illegitimate belief that it saved the company money if the employees quit instead of firing them. If the employees left on their own, the company avoided paying unemployment. Mediocre employees from the customer service, marketing, or any other division who were no longer wanted by their manager were transferred to one of the departments inside the operations division. The undesirable employees were moved to the mail room, document processing, data entry, quality control, or the document handling department.'
You may ask why concentrate on his opening remarks to such an extent- well, that is where the essence of this book lies. It is about attitude from the top and how that can influence the entire bastion of employees, making work either a joy or drudgery - something to leave at the earliest possible opportunity financially. As he summarizes, `Attitude reflects Leadership provides compelling perspectives for those courageous enough to make a change and take a stand against the tyranny of poor leadership.
Read this book - whether a leader or an employee who wishes to find a happier work place. It is full of wisdom and wit and concern. Leo Hamblin knows the answers. Grady Harp, July 15
That being said, however, I do believe that Hamblin's personal stories are well-told and effective in his delivery. I appreciate where he is coming form and as I am both an employee AND a leader, I can see how my attitude can and does affect those who I lead as well as how I am led. The idea that you feed off the energy of your leader is very true and one I wish more employers/managers took into consideration. He breaks this concept down into very simple terms and while there isn't a "how-to" or a list of homework items, the reader is left ready to implement the ideas because they are such simple buy highly effective concepts.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.