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The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate Hardcover – May 26, 2009
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The highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling The Extraordinary Leader
The result of extensive research conducted over a four-year period, this breakthrough leadership book reveals the principles and behaviors top leaders use to build an emotional connection between themselves and their teams.
“While providing the same practical ‘hard science’ approach to bring focus and value, this writing advances the practice of leadership development with new insight, new advice, and new inspiration for all of us to grow.”
–Kevin D. Wilde, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, (2007 CLO of the Year), General Mills, Inc.
“The Inspiring Leader provides new insights into how leaders can improve the results of their organization through inspiration.”
–Bill Blase, Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources, AT&T Corp.
“The real importance of this book is the clear and simple road map it provides on how to lead in ways that release the seldom fully tapped performance power in our organizations.”
–Michael A. Peel, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Yale University
“Finally a book that provides empirical evidence that inspirational leaders consistently produce superior results.”
–Kevin Rhein, Group Executive Vice President, Card Services and Consumer Lending, Wells Fargo Bank
“Following the steps recommended by the authors will enhance leadership skills, influence employee engagement, and impact business results. A real winner.”
–Pam Poggi, Vice President, Corporate Human Resources Development, Safeway, Inc.
About the Author
John H. Zenger, D.B.A., is the CEO of Zenger Folkman, a firm that brings empirical research, innovative development methods, and software tools to leadership development. He is a member of the HRD Hall of Fame and has authored or coauthored eight books and 50 articles on leadership, productivity, and teams.
Joseph R. Folkman, Ph.D., is president of Zenger Folkman. He is an authoritative voice on the subject of developing and using employee surveys to create organizational change and 360-degree feedback assessment for individual development. He is a frequent keynote speaker and conference presenter on a variety of topics regarding leadership, feedback, and organizational change.
Scott K. Edinger is executive vice president of Zenger Folkman, where he consults with Fortune 500 companies to initiate and implement large-scale performance improvement and leadership initiatives. He is an expert in helping organizations achieve measurable business results.
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Dr. S. Brett Savage
Next Phase Leadership
The Inspiring Leader draws from this deep well of research to bring an evidence-based or hard scientific approach to the very soft issue of inspirational leadership. There are countless opinions, platitudes, theories, anecdotes, and leadership models competing for attention today. Periodically I search Amazon for an update on how many leadership books are available. Today's search shows over 50,000!
What's refreshingly unique about all of Zenger Folkman's books and services is their very powerful combination of solid research, building on strengths, and practical how-to applications. As they write in Chapter One, "this book is not a creation of ideas for how leaders inspire. Rather, it provides you with a discovery of what the best leaders around the world do to inspire and motivate others."
The Inspiring Leader emerged from Zenger Folkman's ongoing analysis of their extraordinary leader database in answer to the question "aeSo if I have to choose one thing to work on, what should it be?Read more ›
Like StrenghtsFinder, this book is rooted (mostly) in quantitative, fact-based measurement of what strengths great leader possess. The big "ah-hah" in this book is that "motivates and inspires others" is THE must have strength. After this big reveal, the authors do an excellent job clearly explaining what it means to be inspirational.
"The Inspiring Leader" gives the how-to that is missing from StrenghtsFinder and is therefore a nice complement.
By 2009, we've seen a variety of leaders in all sectors of society come & go. Some were wonderfully inspiring; some not so great. In defining the qualiities that make up an "inspiring leader", authors Zenger, Folkman & Edinger have collaborated on this gem, which is about as good as it gets in covering the issue.
I'm not so sure the qualities that make up a great leader are all that "secret", however, they are vital. Very few have been able to attain the level of greatness achieved by the likes of Lincoln or Churchill; what they seemed to possess, along with other great leaders in politics or business, is a quality of unyielding honesty & integrity. Nowadays, those qualities seem to be difficult to find in so many of our current leaders; perhaps they should read this book to get a clue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nice to identify the missing ingredient that everyone knows exists but few talk about.Published 13 months ago by rjh51
Very dry and tough read but if you get through it you'll be glad you did. Makes some hard to figure out ideals grounded.
This book is an easy read, and gives valuable tips on how to lead properly. Great for large or small team leaders, and really a great tool to learn how to motivate. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Mo
The authors' findings sadly contribute nothing to the large body of leadership literature. Kouzes & Posners' "Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership" (documented in their book,... Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by C Martin
In the history of the business world, the subjects of inspiration and passion in the workplace have been long avoided and discredited because they are considered to be... Read morePublished on January 5, 2010 by Gerald Czarnecki
In every type of organization and in every culture, people want to follow leaders who motivate them to achieve difficult goals. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Rolf Dobelli