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"This is a diverse, butsatisfyingly coherent set of useful ideas, concepts, tools, and tips from arange of experienced professionals who are clearly passionate about and highlyskilled at what they do. A book generous in its stories, anecdotes, andpractical examples by enthusiastic authors wanting to be of help and service toleaders everywhere. Ignite is a testament to what can be achieved whencommitted people join together to do something worthwhile."
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If you are a leader-read this! Ignite YourLeadership offers leading edge tools and guidance on how leaders can betterinspire and serve their people to coax the best from their teams. I always say,"Life's a classroom, not a test." I've observed so many of my personal client'sstruggle as they seek to understand how they t into their jobs, often frozen inplace from conflicting company dynamics; many of them stressed, fearful offailure and not contributing well. As a committed leader in the field of humandevelopment, I've observed the most successful among us have clarity aboutwhat's most important, in both work and life. is book helps leaders learn tobanish fear among their employees and help their people lean-in to discoveringhow to function better with clarity, con dence, and greater trust when bringingtheir authentic best to work each day. Lynden Kidd and her co-authorsbring wise, thoughtful and fresh voices to the conversation about leadership asa lynchpin in human development, sharing stories and ideas that transformleadership and make companies stronger as a result.
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Whether you are running abusiness with thousands of employees, leading a team of ten, facilitating abusiness mastermind or participating in a family meeting, being a productive,thoughtful leader remains an invaluable skill. Read any chapter in IgniteYour Leadership: Proven Tools for Leaders to Energize Teams, Fuel Momentum, and Accelerate Results and let it serve as a catalyst for insights andbreakthroughs that you can apply to expanding the richness of your business and personal life.
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From the Author
As a writer, I know that some projects beginknocking at the door long before we believe we are ready to take themon. This project was one of those.
I was assisting at one ofJack Canfield's advanced trainings, when a fellow member of the team whispered tome, "We need to do something together--as a group. Why don't you do a book forus?"
I knew a collaborativebook project was possible, yet inwardlyI sensed it would be fraught with obstacles, hurdles, and challenges. I tabledthe idea. It seemed too large. The little voice inside of me said, "Who am I todo this?"
A few months later, NeelRaman and I were chatting, and he raised the idea once again of a collaborativebook project. I knew that since the muse had tapped on my consciousness severaltimes with this idea that this project was "mine to do." And I realized itwouldn't be wise to do it alone, so I enlisted Neel's assistance as myco-leader. With my background in publishing, spanning three decades on bothsides of the editorial desk, I would hold much of the responsibility for theediting and book production. However, I needed a good person by my side to helpme brainstorm ideas, head the launch, and be there to make some toughdecisions. Unconsciously, we formed a team that is representative of the globalface of leadership, possessing masculine and feminine perspectives of goodleadership qualities.
The very first step was tocreate a list of people to invite into the project. Approximately one yearafter the idea was brought to my attention, we sent out letters of invitationto sixteen authors. The plan was to have drafts of the chapters in hand byJanuary 31, 2014 and book published and launched by May 31, 2014.
Another thing I know as awriter--and one that I resisted in this project--is that when we say "yes" to awriting project, the Universe then takes over as project manager. I expected myleadership skills were going to put to the test. I stumbled on many occasions.I didn't have a clear exit plan for those who originally decided to join theproject and then opted to leave. And because I am a friend to those involved inthe project, I was soft on my deadlines.
Furthermore, I was likelyusing the delays by others to stall, as well. In Steven Pressfield's words, Iwasn't ready to "turn pro." I was afraid that by stepping out into the world asa leader with my message of "The Power of Your Story: Discovering Your Why,Dissolving Your Why Nots" my invisibility would dissolve and I'd be "seen"--goingagainst every message I ever received from my mother and the other women rolemodels in my life who believed invisibility meant safety. Claiming my voicewould make life complicated. I'd have greater responsibilities--and worried howthose near and dear to me would react.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO ofFacebook, and author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead says,"Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear ofnot being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Free of drawing negativeattention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And theholy trinity of fear: the being of being a bad mother/wife/daughter."
I believe that men alsoface the fear of not being good enough in the eyes of their loved ones as well.Neel echoed these sentiments as well in the final phases of this project. It'san affliction that causes many leaders--or leaders-to-be--to hesitate, toprocrastinate, to self-sabotage.
Yet this is what I do knowabout great leaders: They're willing to be vulnerable, authentic, and transparent.And that's what you'll experience in each of the chapters. These authors--myfriends and colleagues--are willing to take the risk to admit mistakes, fears,and to provide evidence that success is possible even if we momentarily giveinto our fears and "play amateur." It's an honor to be in their company.
A reflection on the timing: As the project came closer topublication and the world events erupted around us, I realized that now is thebest time for this book to be brought out. That the delays were likely divinelychoreographed so that this book would appear now. We all need to step up ourleadership game and claim more responsibility for how we show up in ourfamilies, at work, and in our communities. It's imperative that all of us walkthe talk of quality leadership. We can no longer step aside and allow life tojust happen. It's our responsibility to create a better world for our childrenand grandchildren.
Additionally, I'm thrilledto have the opportunity to expose my students to the principles of quality leadershipas I teach them about the writing process. By doing so, I instill in them thatthey have a responsibility to be leaders--in the classroom, in their families,at work...and beyond. And by claiming my leadership in this project, I've sharewith them the lessons and triumphs experienced along the way.
*Author's note: some of this text has been excerpted and revised from the introduction of Ignite Your Leadership.
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