- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1523094613
- ISBN-13: 978-1523094615
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Wayne and Kevin's book offers the reader a solid foundation in leadership in any circumstance and layers it with virtual leadership or leadership at a distance. It is full of nuance and nudges that will help you navigate through the labyrinths of leading at a distance. I especially appreciated the snippets where Wayne and Kevin reveal their ways of working together; this added a very real and personal touch. I encourage you to purchase the book, study the rules, reflect on their questions, put the book into practice, and become a leader who can ‘go the distance.’”
—David Zinger, founder and host of the Employee Engagement Network
“Great book. Spot-on timewise. Moving from ‘managing’ people to ‘leading’ people has never been more relevant when overnight everything we do as a business could change. A manager manages people; a leader employs great people and trusts them to achieve amazing results.”
—Ann Andrews, CSP, author of Lessons in Leadership
“Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel have teamed up to produce the single best guide on remote leadership on the market today. Based on research with real-life practicing managers, The Long-Distance Leader offers nineteen rules that guide remote leaders through the most pressing challenges they face—everything from the best use of technology, to effective long-distance coaching, to achieving goals, to building trust at a distance. And even if you aren’t a long-distance leader, at least not yet, you will definitely want to have this book handy. As the authors rightfully acknowledge and our research supports, you have to ‘think leadership first, location second.’ The engaging stories, the practical wisdom, and the reflection and action questions will help you improve your leadership wherever you and your followers are.”
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
“When I discuss what a leader is with midlevel managers, this book will be on the reference list for them. They can assess themselves on the leadership skills ladder, establish goals, and work directly with their managers and mentors. I particularly like the ‘check-in’ section . . . I find my development participants increase their impact and performance with the knowledge they have a voice and are thought about, even though their leaders might physically see them only once a year . . . A practical approach to the journey of success as a remote leader . . . We should all consider what skill we are going to focus on today.”
—Alicia Davis, Director, Global Finance Learning and Development, Dell Inc.
“Leadership isn’t easy. Working remotely adds a new dynamic. The practical tips in this book give readers the edge they need to be successful leading remote teams. Many teams struggle with communication; add the component that you have remote employees and it gets more difficult. The tools in this book give you what you need to be a better leader, as well as the competitive advantage to get the most out of your remote teams.”
—Marcie Van Note, MBA Director, Mount Mercy University
“Finally, a superb leadership book with a purpose: dealing with the challenges of long-distance leadership. A must-read for leaders of all organizations dealing with the increasing demand for and challenge of long-distance leadership. As global economies force more and more organizations to deal with this leadership challenge, this book provides a well-thought-out and practical guide you will want all your leaders to inculcate.”
—Major General David Ralston (US Army, Retired)
"Leaders who are determined to make an impact in the fiercely complex world of the 21st century will benefit greatly from the insights and principles in the The Long-Distance Leader."
-Doug Conant, Founder & CEO, ConantLeadership Chairman, Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute at Northwestern University, Former Chairman, Avon Products, Former CEO, Campbell Soup Company
About the Author
Kevin Eikenberry is founder and chief potential officer of the Kevin Eikenberry Group. He's been named one of Inc.com's Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World and is the author of several books, including Remarkable Leadership.
Wayne Turmel is the cofounder of the Remote Leadership Institute and the author of many books, including the Association for Talent Development's 10 Steps to Successful Virtual Presentations.
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These guys have their own "long distance leadership" consulting practice and this book is their self promotion. Don't waste your time.
Authors Eikenberry and Turmel have done an excellent job in highlighting and explaining how managing remote teams is more difficult and challenging than leading a group of collocated team members. More important, they provide a range of easy-to-implement techniques and processes to overcome these hurdles and minimize the difficulties caused by geography and time zones.
The book clearly shows how to enact the core principles of leadership with employees, colleagues, and direct reports spread across different workplaces and scattered across multiple time zones. In the view of the authors, leadership comes first, location second.
With a focus on achieving desired outcomes at a distance and how to engage others who work remotely, The Long-Distance Leader provides insights and tools for improving how anyone leads remote team members.
This is a very timely book as more leaders, particularly first-level leaders and supervisors, are being assigned to lead, motivate, coach, and develop remote team members. Unfortunately, most are not given training in how to do so effectively and efficiently. Thus, this book fulfills a major knowledge gap on a skill that an increasing number of leaders and managers will need to successfully deliver future results.
I think about leadership a LOT. I do it for a living. And yet, in the first few pages of The Long Distance Leader, the klieg lights began coming on, lighting a whole new path.
The first part of that path reinforced the notion that we can no longer assume that leadership is going to be practiced belly to belly with teammates who are with us in the same trench. So, rather than operate on the basis that remoteness with our team reduces us to a watered down version of leadership, Eikenberry and Turmel encourage us to “think different” as Steve Jobs put it.
The Long Distance Leader reflects deep understanding on the authors’ part about the realities of managing from afar, and offers useful, high protein prescriptive advice. In their 19 “Rules for Remarkable Leadership” they offer specific leadership precepts upon which remote leadership practice can be based. My three favorites:
1. Communicate in the ways that work best for others rather than based on your personal preferences.
2. Leading successfully requires understanding what people are thinking, not just what they are doing.
3. Building trust at a distance doesn’t happen by accident.
While content is vitally important to business books, The Long Distance Leader isn’t just about good content. The storytelling is pithy, on point and superb: “After all, Genghis Khan ruled half the known world and never held a single WebEx meeting.” It’s interactive, posing useful questions for the reader, at exactly the right spot. In short, you look forward to the next page with a thirst for more… in a business book!
If you occupy or aspire to a leadership role, this book is worth your money. More importantly, it’s worth your time.