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The DNA of Leadership: Leverage Your Instincts to: Communicate--Differentiate--Innovate Paperback – September 1, 2007

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"Every person has instincts for greatness. We instinctively want to do well, to contribute, and to be included on the winning team. No one has to teach us these desires; they are built into our DNA." - Judith E. Glaser"

About the Author

Judith E. Glaser is an executive coach and the CEO/President of Benchmark Communications, Inc. Her high-powered client list includes IBM, MSNBC, Verizon, AT&T, NYNEX, Price WaterhouseCoopers, Revlon, PepsiCo, Slim-Fast, Liz Claiborne, Donna Karan, Coach, Inc., Citibank, BankBoston, Pitney Bowes, Exxon, and Reader's Digest. She has been featured in the New York Times and on The Today Show.

''Every person has instincts for greatness. We instinctively want to do well, to contribute, and to be included on the winning team. No one has to teach us these desires; they are built into our DNA.'' --Judith E. Glaser

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Platinum Press (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598694464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598694468
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,281,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Lawrence Gray on April 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In The DNA of Leadership, Glaser takes the reader on a journey into some of the most hidden and least explored secrets behind great leadership - the power language and of our conversations to create environments that catalyze change.

Too often we focus on "leadership characteristics" to explain why leaders are great. It's their persistence, their passion or their power to create followers. Glaser shows us that this is "old style" thinking and comes from an I-centric view of leadership. In The DNA of Leadership, she brings us into a new way of we-centric thinking that helps us see our role as partners and leaders in a very new way.

She explains how great leaders are able to change the way an environment feels - from excluding to including, from judging to appreciating, from fearing to aspiring, from withholding to sharing, from group think to innovation, form dictating to developing and from compliance to commitment to mutual success. With her skillful guidance and many shared exercises, readers learn how to foster an atmosphere of change, create a collaborative environment, and promote a constructive company ethos in any size company or team.

The benefits of her lessons are many. Since employees are valued for their contributions and gain access to others that they can learn from, they are able to grow and gain upward mobility. This creates a chain-reaction of openness, learning, and a value that change is to be embraced, not feared. Additionally, these changes energize and motivate employees. This leads employees at all levels to adopt a sense of pride, ownership and empowerment... something that other leadership books claim to teach yet often fall short of accomplishing. The DNA of Leadership, and Glaser's first book Creating WE, take us into a new dimension of change and leadership that has applicability to every leaders challenges.

These are must read books!
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Format: Hardcover
"As an 'inside' consultant, whose role it is to facilitate change within organizations, it is critical to have resources available that can be trusted, knowing that they are grounded in reality and based on the wisdom of experience Judith Glaser's second book, The DNA of Leadership, is wise, informative and effective. It is obvious that Ms. Glaser has explored deeply the true meaning of leadership and understands the critical role a leader plays in the on going health of a company.

Although every organization is unique, in my experience the people at the top, the leaders of the company, hold the key. It is their behavior, beliefs and style as well as their ability to communicate and build communities that determine their company's ongoing good health or its continual struggles, sickness and disease. The DNA of Leadership shines clarity on what it takes to be a leader and why ... it is a tremendous work that finally demystifies the myth of effective leadership.

I thoroughly recommend Ms. Glaser's book, The DNA of Leadership, to all leaders at all stages of their careers. We are all looking for answers; Ms Glaser has cleverly woven her ideas and thoughts as well as her practical tools and solutions into an easy to read, engaging book, which I believe should take its place in all business school curriculums as well as on the desk and in the briefcase of leaders everywhere. "
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Format: Hardcover
Creating WE, Judith's first book, was incredibly valuable in helping leaders see the difference between the I-Centric and the We-Centric leader! The DNA of Leadership goes beneath the surface to analyze the DNA make-up of a true We-Centric leader. This book has the depth and wisdom to make a positive and lasting impact on any person who aspires to be a leader. While the first book shared a revolutionary and new framework for what it means to be a We-Centric leader, in this book Judith goes into great detail with real life examples of the leadership genes that drive personal and organizational success.

C-Gene = Community ~ Leaders practice open communication where people feel included, involved in the strategy, engaged in the business, and accountable for results.

H-Gene = Humanity ~ Leaders create an atmosphere that values uniqueness and diversity; and respect the talents of every individual.

A-Gene = Aspiration ~ Instead of using overt and covert threats to meets targets; these leaders support and encourage individual imagination.

N-Gene = Navigation ~ Instead of hiding the "map," these leaders ask others for guidance in making headway toward common goals.

G-Gene = Generativity ~ Instead of micro-managing and enforcing compliance, these leaders nurture innovation that leads to inspired breakthroughs.

E-Gene = Expressing ~ These leaders encourage everyone to speak up, take risks, and to develop themselves and the organization.

S-Gene = Spirit ~ Instead of cold calculations and expectations, these individuals create an atmosphere of ongoing homage, accomplishment, and evolution so that everyone pulls together to move the organization toward the future.
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Format: Hardcover
Judith Glaser has written another great work that shares its DNA with her excellent "Creating We", but includes enough original material and explanation to make "The DNA of Leadership" an invaluable resource for everyone who read "Creating We" and for anyone who hasn't read it yet. She skillfully uses the metaphor of DNA to describe and explain variations in leadership styles and organizations, how leadership is transmitted and organizations correspondingly evolve, and the differential success of organizations that either harness these principles and thrive or fail to engage them and disappear.
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