- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Aloha Publishing (February 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612060838
- ISBN-13: 978-1612060835
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Leader: Everything You Need to Become a High-Performing Leader Hardcover – February 10, 2014
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While the subtitle, "Everything You Need to Become a High-Performing Leader," may over-promise, this remains one of the best and clearest books on business leadership that I have read. The authors are business advisors, speakers, and senior-level managers with considerable down-to-earth wisdom and experience. They believe that a true leader must be authentic, and they prescribe lifelong learning as requisite for any leader. Unlike many popular business books, they counsel the hard work of self-improvement, rather than trendy slogans. --San Francisco Book Review, 5 of 5 stars
About the Author
Ron Price is the CEO of Price Associates, and an internationally recognized business advisor, speaker, and author. Known for his creative and systematic thinking, business versatility, and practical optimism, Ron has worked in 15 countries and served in almost every level of executive management over the past 35 years. As the former CEO of a multi-million dollar international company, Ron understands the challenges and risks of running a business and building a dynamic team. He works shoulder-to-shoulder with executive leadership teams to bring strategic clarity and transformational results to organizations especially those dealing with turmoil and transition. In 2004, Ron started Price Associates, a leadership development firm that features the bright minds and innovative solutions of some of the world s top consultants in organizational development, process management, branding/marketing, and more. A member of the National Speakers Association, Ron has traveled more than one million miles, giving more than 2,000 speeches in 15 countries. His ability to connect with an audience is one of his strongest assets. Ron is also author of Treasure Inside: 23 Unexpected Principles That Activate Greatness. With a blend of creative thinking, limitless energy, and business expertise, Ron helps identify, develop, and support high-performance leaders, improving decision making, elevating performance, and enhancing relationships and collaboration. Randy Lisk founded Lisk Associates, consultants to business, in 1991. He wears several hats including group facilitator, trusted advisor, coach and consultant. Randy has designed and presented supervisor and leadership education, taught coaching, communications and leadership skills to managers, helped teams reach their goals, and positively impacted the lives of thousands of people. Randy is the author of two books on organizational improvement and leadership. His newest book, Bumper Sticker Leadership: One-Liner Wisdom On Life and Business, is a compilation of short leadership quotes, as a means to stimulate your thoughts and conversations about what leadership really means to you. Prior to founding Lisk Associates, Randy enjoyed a twenty-three year career with IBM where he held numerous senior management and leadership roles in engineering and planning. Randy holds a BSEE (electrical engineering) degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MSEE degree from the University of Kentucky.
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On a positive note, the book surveys the range of leadership competencies that we all must assess and visit for our personal growth. However, I found the discussion of each to be shallow and lacking in any really practical action plans. I also found that many of the chapters make heavy use of metaphors that often added nothing to the explication, and sometimes were not even apt! While the metaphors may have been an attempt to make an exhaustive inventory and definition of leader competencies material more entertaining, they were highly distracting when off the mark.
The heart of the book is its chapters on the individual leader competencies. I found that each of these chapters focused on defining the subject competency, resorting to the aforementioned metaphors as well as quotations that serve to break up the flow of hte exposition, for better or for worse, depending on the level of sophistication you are expecting in your leader development material.
In the introductory section, the book acknowledges that each chapter deserves a book of its own. So it aspires to be only a broad and superficial discussion of leadership competencies. I did not find this to be a compelling source from which I could derive an action plan.
As Ron and Randy so clearly point out, "authenticity is the foundation on which all of the other [leadership] competencies are built."
I highly recommend that you read Part 4 of the book first, before you dive into the other great truths in this well-researched and well-written book.
Melvin D. Nelson, President & CEO
Executive Management Systems, Inc.
Within four qualities of leadership, Authenticity - Clear Thinking, Leading Others & Leading Yourself - a total of twenty-five competencies are identified and comprehensively discussed. Any leader or aspiring leader will find this book a gem and a practical guide for their own improvement.