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Leaders First: Six Bold Steps to Sustain Breakthroughs in Construction Hardcover – May 30, 2012

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Gene has written a great story that contains lessons on leadership, business practice, organizational design and industry challenges. All leaders in the building industry will benefit from his message. Leaders First is a great way to teach and develop business leadership insight for your teams of current and emerging leaders. I highly recommend reading this book.


Ron Magnus, Managing Director, FMI Corporation

The scope of (Leaders First: Six Bold Steps) is ambitious, not just improving a single leader, but reorganizing leadership structure throughout a company. While this book focuses on leadership in construction, its lessons are applicable to myriad industries. There is no doubt that readers will enjoy this book, glean some valuable nuggets of strategic leadership, and likely recognize friends and colleagues in its characters.


Blue Ink Reviews

We have known and worked with Gene for over thirty years. No one knows the area of accountability and responsibility better. Leaders First is the product of decades of work with real clients on very real problems. His book offers deep wisdom in an enjoyable novelized format.


Carol Hunter and Tim Rouse, FGI Spirit International

About the Author

Gene Morton has 30 years of experience developing leaders and consulting through organization development and leadership system redesign. Building on his M.A. in Industrial Psychology, and advanced training in organization development, he designed novel change models leaders use to complete their performance enhancing reorganizations and mergers.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Accelerated Solutions, Ltd.; 1st edition (May 30, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 404 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0984000801
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0984000807
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.7 pounds
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Leaders First: Six Bold Steps to Sustain Breakthroughs in Construction, by Gene Morton, has won two awards:

-2013 Bronze Medal Winner: Business Fable Category of the AXIOM Business Book Awards.

-2012 Award-Winning Finalist in the 'Business: Management & Leadership' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

Gene Morton is a Colorado-based leadership and organization development advisor, as well as a two time award winning author. He specializes in leadership structure, change management, leader development, and performance improvement. His clients are leaders in for-profit, governmental and not-for-profit organizations.

Gene is a lifelong learner. His M.A. in Industrial Psychology is supplemented by years of advanced training in leadership and organization development with the NTL Institute Program for Specialists in Organization Development, the Center for Creative Leadership, and others. He is most curious about the influence of group dynamics on leader, team and organizational performance.

Gene brings a pragmatic compassion to his consulting engagements. He is ever searching for new insight into what makes leaders and organizations most effective.

Mastering the intricacies of organized and collaborative leadership, as well as the power of leaders' strategic visions, are his passions. Over the past 35 years, he’s consulted with more than 100 projects in 85 organizations, some lasting years. These include complex merger, IT conversions, and system redesign projects. These engagements led to a deep understanding of how outmoded leadership structure blocks leaders, groups and individual contributors at all levels.

He shares what he has learned through presentations, coaching, and writing, most recent with his award winning book, Leaders First: Six Bold Steps to Sustain Breakthroughs in Construction. His published articles have appeared in the Proceedings of the Organization Development Network, Non-Profit World and the Training and Development Journal.

To contact Gene Morton about your leadership and organization development questions, or consulting and speaking needs, e-mail, view his website at, his blog, and his qualifications on LinkedIn at

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