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Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow (Agency/Distributed) Hardcover – February 16, 2017
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"Great leaders aren't born with a 'leadership gene';great leaders develop the necessary skills and gain confidencethrough practice and hard work. In Leadership Step by StepJoshua Spodek presents a thoughtful approach to becoming a highlyeffective leader that emphasizes the importance of experientiallearning. It will serve as a valuable resource for leaders at alllevels in any profession. Indeed, Joshua's practical exercises willhelp prospective, as well as experienced leaders, to master theircraft and ultimately to succeed in leading and inspiring others intheir various pursuits." -- General Lloyd J.Austin III, U.S. Army, Ret., commanded troops in combat in Iraqand Afghanistan, served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Armyand 12th commander of U.S. Central Command
"The art of leadership, like so many other skills, must belearned "hands-on" and through experiences, rather than frombusiness school lectures and abstract analysis. Joshua Spodek haswritten a great book that takes future leaders through the essentialsteps of learning to lead. Essential reading for aspiring leaders inany field." --Tony Wagner, bestselling author of CREATING INNOVATORS and THE GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP, Expert-In-Residence at Harvard University's Innovation Lab and Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute
"Of all the hundreds of leadership books that cross mydesk each year, Josh Spodek's LEADERSHIP STEP BY STEP is by far themost practical. Lots of leadership writers tell stories and relateinspiring examples, and so does Josh. But what makes LEADERSHIP STEPBY STEP different are the exercises. If you believe, as I do, thatleadership is a skill you need to practice and not just an attributeyou're endowed with at birth, then you'll immediately see thewisdom in Josh's approach. And if you work his exercises into yourown leadership journey, I promise you'll emerge as a better leader." --Eric Schurenberg,Inc. Media President and Editor-in-Chief
"There are thousands of leadership books published eachyear. Most are NOT very helpful. Joshua Spodek's book deserves tobreak through the clutter. Rather than the usual focus on leadershiptechniques, this book gets to the holy grail of leading andmotivating by helping readers understand themselves and how they landon people." --Michael Feiner,President of Michael C. Feiner Consulting, author of The FeinerPoints of Leadership, formerly professor at Columbia BusinessSchool and Chief People Officer worldwide at Pepsi-Cola Co.
"Our nation and indeed the world are in desperate need forgenuine authentic leadership to solve pressing problems. Using hisexperience at NYU with instilling passion and dedication intostudents through active experiential learning, Joshua has created ahow-to guide to leadership development. Itis a book every educator should read." --Paul Horn,NYU Senior Vice Provost for Research and Senior Vice Dean forStrategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, formerly Senior VicePresident and Executive Director of research at IBM, where he oversawDeep Blue and helped initiate Watson
“This is practical leadership training made perfect. Bravo!” --Booklist, starred review
"In Leadership Step by Step, Joshua Spodek fills the gap between education and experience for potential leaders. By treating leadership like the art it is, he imbues it with empathy and understanding. This is a book that will improve your business savvy and possibly, your life." --Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE and A WHOLE NEW MIND
"A hands on, useful, urgent book about leveling up as a leader." -- Seth Godin, bestselling author and founder of altMBA
"Leadership Step by Step offers that rare breed of learning—genuine, authentic, effective, engaging, and, most of all, fun. It is based on the best leadership philosophy and practice.The results of doing its exercises insure that you will become an authentic, great leader, able to serve and to live to the best of your ability. Anyone who aspires to lead, to lead more effectively, or to live life to its fullest would benefit from Joshua’s exercises." -- Frances Hesselbein, Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree, CEO of Girl Scouts, named “Best leader in America” by Peter Drucker
"Joshua is changing the game for leadership development and creating positive change. His insight to give a progression of exercises to practice is a once-in-a-lifetime game-changing advance in our field everyone else will follow. It's better than business school courses because he has you create real positive change that lasts. Leadership is about doing, not just understanding, and Joshua's exercises give you both. Leadership Step by Step gets it. Do its exercises and you will too." -- Marshall Goldsmith, 2015 #1 Leadership Thinker and #1 Executive Coach in the World, New York Times bestselling author of Triggers
"Refreshingly different and thoroughly practical, Leadership Step by Step serves up valuable tools for readers to build their own path to development. The book weaves back and forth between brief, engaging stories and seemingly simple exercises. But the cumulative effect can be profound, helping readers focus on and sometimes rewrite their own habits of thought and action that were previously invisible." -- Daniel Ames, Columbia Business School Professor, Management Division
"In a fresh approach to the topic, Josh Spodek guides his readers on an experiential journey, through a progression of exercises that reveal the inner psychology of leadership and that impart critical skills." -- Michael W. Morris, Chavkin-Chang Chair, Professor of Leadership, and founder of the Leadership Lab at Columbia Business School
"Yes, this is a book you must read if you want to become the person others will follow. The time and effort you put into, Leadership Step by Step, will be well worth it!" --Eric Jacobson on Management and Leadership
Learn how to lead.
Leadership literature is full of principles and ideas—but they rarely leave the page. Practice is what turns abstract concepts into useful skills.
Leadership Step by Step walks readers through what to do and how to do it in an integrated and comprehensive progression of exercises designed to cultivate key abilities, behaviors, and beliefs through experience. The 22 exercises in this hands-on book help you accomplish the inner work and gain the social skills required for great leadership.
Each chapter opens with a story demonstrating a leadership skill—and then guides you through the process of developing it. From basic solo assignments to advanced leadership practices, you’ll learn to:
Build self-awareness • Manage emotions • Speak in your authentic voice • Create meaningful connections • Inspire others • Lead with empathy • Support teammates • And more
Powerful and practical, Leadership Step by Step will start you on the road to success.
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Top Customer Reviews
While being full of applicable information, the book also reads well and is simultaneously quite entertaining. Unlike many other books that can seem quite dry. I know my leadership abilities have improved from reading this book and doing the exercises (it is important that you do them, and not just read about them).
As a long time self-improvement enthusiast and somebody who has held several leadership positions, I highly recommend this book to anybody. Get this book, you will be glad you did.
The book's tone is calm, non-imposing and has a fluency that is uncommon, a fluency that comes not just from mastering writing and thinking skills, but having actually gone through the process of figuring out what is important, what works, how and why. Instead of only presenting arguments and proofs about what makes a great life, the author shows you how to do so yourself. The skills you'd build are like keys that'll open powerful doors.
It's so well written that it's hard to keep it down and move on to practicing the exercises but the exercises are the way to make it work. If you were to skip the theory and move on to doing the exercises I bet you'd still tremendous results from it. The exercises are fun and rewarding; not tedious at all. At times they challenge you to get out of your comfort zone but never do they kill the joy of pursuing something important.
By means of simple stories some very complex ideas like awareness, emotions, values, achievement, discipline, empathy, efficacy, resilience, etc. are explained comprehensively. After doing the exercise these words take on a deeper meaning and resonate so much more with one's own experience. It is especially a game-changer for those who by default use analytical skills to deal with everything, now you get to systematically learn social, emotional, interpersonal skills that are equally powerful.
Words that I take for granted in daily conversations are changed and the outcomes were remarkable. I LOVE this book b/c it is an ongoing process in establishing REAL relationships. Highly recommend, Leadership Step by Step to anyone who wishes for a purposeful life and nurtured personal growth. Josh Spodek is an amazing speaker as well as professor. Best Leadership book out there.
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Well, a lot easier, at least.
No classes or teachers in school teach us how to lead, so this is a very important book- and...Read more