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Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow Hardcover – February 16, 2017
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"Of all the hundreds of leadership books that cross my desk each year, Josh Spodek's LEADERSHIP STEP BY STEP is by far the most practical. Lots of leadership writers tell stories and relate inspiring examples, and so does Josh. But what makes LEADERSHIP STEP BY STEP different are the exercises. If you believe, as I do, that leadership is a skill you need to practice and not just an attribute you're endowed with at birth, then you'll immediately see the wisdom in Josh's approach. And if you work his exercises into your own 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 each year. Most are NOT very helpful. Joshua Spodek's book deserves to break through the clutter. Rather than the usual focus on leadership techniques, this book gets to the holy grail of leading and motivating by helping readers understand themselves and how they land on people." -- Michael Feiner,President of Michael C. Feiner Consulting, author of The Feiner Points of Leadership, formerly professor at Columbia Business School and Chief People Officer worldwide at Pepsi-Cola Co.
"Our nation and indeed the world are in desperate need for genuine authentic leadership to solve pressing problems. Using his experience at NYU with instilling passion and dedication into students through active experiential learning, Joshua has created a how-to guide to leadership development. It is a book every educator should read." -- Paul Horn, NYU Senior Vice Provost for Research and Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, formerly Senior Vice President and Executive Director of research at IBM, where he oversaw Deep Blue and helped initiate Watson
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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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.
In many ways, this book reminds me of David Allen’s Getting Things Done. With that book, the impact on my life when only implementing a fraction of what he suggests was surprising. And like him, Joshua Spodek’s book has already had a great impact on how I approach connecting with others and how I understand and challenge my own feelings and opinions on any subject.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking to read a book on leadership that will actually have an impact.