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Leading with Character and Competence: Moving Beyond Title, Position, and Authority Hardcover – October 17, 2016
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“Again, Timothy Clark has captured a complex topic with elegant simplicity. His character and competence dimensions and the four cornerstones of each offer timeless principles that will enable all leaders to fulfill their potential. His artful writing captures images and offers guidance that will enable any aspiring leader to be better.”
—Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan, and Partner, The RBL Group
“This book will be the cornerstone of MBA programs and leadership training. It is packed full of practical real-world examples from the production floor to the chaotic decision-making dens of CEOs.”
—Michael Goold, EdD, Chief of Police, Rancho Cordova, California
“This book provides new and seasoned leaders with practical tools for leadership development. It's a great reference that offers fresh insight combined with compelling stories. You will find breakthrough concepts and ideas that you can put to work right away.”
—Murray Manzione, Director, Leadership and Professional Development, NVR
“As a high school calculus teacher, I honestly did not see how this book would apply to me personally. I love teaching, and I don't have aspirations of becoming a principal. However, Timothy Clark's description of a true leader is what every devoted and caring teacher is striving to become! If all teachers were to genuinely put into practice the ideals described by Clark, the learning environment in classrooms across the country would change dramatically.”
—Craig B. Smith, calculus teacher, Lone Peak High School
“I have known Tim for nearly twenty years. He never ceases to amaze me with his ability to synthesize and inspire. This book offers powerful guidance for leaders. I am eager to apply what he teaches.”
—Eric L. Denna, Chief Information Officer, University of Maryland
“Tim's book challenges us to have the courage to consistently model true leadership. As a parent, I think the most important place to get it right is at home.”
—Libby Macomber, Partner, Advantage Performance Group, and mother of teenagers
Is leadership a question of character or competence? Most leadership training separates these two factors, but Clark shows that anyone at any level can be a superior leader by balancing these dimensions.
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That is the way I see this book. There is no new knowledge in it. The knowledge has just been assembled and explained in a way that helps the reader turn the knowledge into wisdom.
This book is clear, clean, and very well laid out. It is one of the best books I have read in years. It takes the core of leadership and presents it in the clearest way possible.
If you are interested in true leadership, start hear. No matter what path you take in your quest to become a 'real' leader, if that is what you want, you will end up needing to know everything in this book.
You can go out are read 100 other books, attend seminar after seminar, and fall on your face 1000 times, before you arrive here, or you can just start here.
Richard O. Clark, Ph.D.
Each Cornerstone is effectively and efficiently dissected utilizing relevant examples and simple visual models. Segments are punctuated with impactful quotes from the great leaders of history. The book requires self-reflection as you turn the pages and growth will NOT be an option as you close the back cover.
I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed reading this book. I was mentally and spiritually challenged by what I found within its covers. I was first reinvigorated by a most honorable call to be a leader. Yet I was quickly called to examine my old perspectives and managerial prejudices. Considering the pace of the world we now live and the depth and breadth of knowledge and efficiency that has been ushered into every facet of business and organizations-this book sheds a powerful light on professional learning and aptitude. The visceral reaction that I had to the notion of potentially losing my own professional relevancy was intense and profound. The tendency for humanity to aim low and remain comfortable was never so obvious to me and by the conclusion, the book had me at once grasping for loftier goals and a stronger vision, yet falling to my knees to ask for humility and strength as I aspire for new levels achievement in the noble cause of leadership.
I have read many books on leadership and , based on my own experience, this one brings all of the critical elements and factors together into a coherent framework on leadership that is also a practical guide to both assessing leadership and developing leadership that actually makes a difference. His book takes the sometimes fuzzy and faddish concept of leadership and articulates it in a manner that removes any vestiges of doubt about what it is and why it matters so much.