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The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution...One Person at a Time Paperback – July 19, 2012
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- Robert W. Fuller, former president of Oberlin College and author of "Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?"
As the title tells us, it all centers around character; that what someone *is* determines what they do. As Mike Henry wrote early in the book, the general authors' consensus is that "Character-Based Leadership is leading from who you are, rather than from your position of power."
I thought the following paraphrase of a quote by very successful CEO, Mark Oakes was powerful and representative of the wisdom in this book: "Character-Based Leadership is not a particular style of leadership or a key set of behaviors. Rather, it is making the decsion that you *are* a leader. Instead of simply deciding to run a triathlon, a greater transformation occurs when you decide to become a triathlete. At that point, your actions emanate from who you are. Character-Based Leadership is not a list of behaviors, but is about who you are at your core."
The goal of this group, all of whom are individual members of Lead Change Group, Inc., apparently is to "create a leadership revolution so that "character becomes the top priority in evaluating and developing leaders." And, those of us who read the book, learn and apply the information and wise teachings, are in an excellent position to be a part of that very worthy vision and outcome.
Some are empty sugary snacks, some are one-of-a-kind extravagant affairs like a 12 course royal banquet (Drucker's Management for instance), some are light and nutritious like a good lunch salad.
The Character Based Leader: Instigating a leadership revolution one person at a time, by the Lead Change Group, Inc., is a dinner buffet: an assortment of dishes with something for everyone.
Buffets are iffy things - you've probably been to one of those restaurants where 30 or 40 different foods are laid out, but you don't want to eat any of it - the lettuce is wilted, the meat is tough and flavorless, and the bread is dry. In their effort to serve many types of food, the owners did none of it well.
You've probably encountered the same thing in certain buffet-books - those collections of individual authors with writing centered around a theme. Each contributes their own perspective in a single chapter-length essay. Sometimes the narrative is lost, the writing is dry, and you get the feeling the author's heart just wasn't in it.
I am glad to say that The Character Based Leader is decidedly NOT this type of book.
With 21 different authors, it is bursting with flavor and value for hungry leaders.
You Say You Want a Revolution
The Character Based Leader opens with the premise that we need a radical change, that "people aren't satisfied with where they are or where leaders are". Trust in leaders is low and many young people have an aversion to being leaders themselves.
Mike Henry Sr., founder of the Lead Change Group and the motive force behind The Character Based Leader wants to start a leadership revolution.Read more ›
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An easy to digest, call to action for anyone looking to develop themselves as a leader, whether you hold a traditional leadership title or not. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sira Rathburn-noah
This book contains sound advice on leadership. It is not flashy, and goes to the core of what leadership really is, staying true to your values and act accordingly whether you are... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Salvador Lee
Chief instigator of the Lead Change Group, Mike Henry Sr. tell us three principles of the Character-Based Leader: 1) Leadership is influence, 2) Influence is given, and 3) People... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Steve Broe
Finally a book that has written what I have been preaching and screaming about from the rooftops. People don't understand the true character of a leader and this book was a great... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Sabrina Chuhran
After having met her personally and now reading her book--- I can see why Tara is such a strong leader. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Jeffrey Hayzlett
This is truly a great book about leadership. Filled with great tools, strategies and stories, I read The Character Based Leader from cover to cover in one weekend. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Ann A. McIndoo
This book is a smorgasbord of multiple experts in multiple fields focusing on the one thing that so often is given only a courteous nod rather than full attention in books of this... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by J. Lackey, Owasso
This is a must read. The challenge laid out by all of these authors is not only clear but it is also right on target. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Chris Wall
The Character Based Leader is a great read. There are many leaders in this world, some good and some bad. In fact, we are all leaders in one way or another. Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by Allen Terrill