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Real Leaders Don’t Boss: Inspire, Motivate, and Earn Respect from Employees and Watch Your Organization Soar Paperback – February 22, 2012
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"...throw away the heavy textbooks and get set for some real-world wisdom from someone who has been there and done it..."
--Mike McCurry, White House Press Secretary for President Clinton, Principal, Public Strategies Washington, Inc.
"Ritch has deep leadership knowledge and experience, and this book will provide valuable information to all who want to further develop their leadership skills."
--David Brandon, Director of Athletics, The University of Michigan and former chairman and CEO, Domino's Pizza
About the Author
One of the leadership field's preeminent experts, Dr. Ritch K. Eich has spent the last four decades studying the philosophies and fundamentals of true leaders. He's been a top executive, a military communications specialist, a U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff officer, a college teacher, a administrator, a consultant, a writer, and an entrepreneur. Along the way, he's worked with or for a Who's Who of world leaders, from Howard Holmes (Jiffy Mix) to Tom Monaghan (Domino's Pizza founder) to Admiral William Thompson. He is founder and president of Eich Associated, a strategic branding, marketing, communication, and management coaching firm; an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University; a frequent speaker and blogger on leadership and marketing; and a columnist for various business and professional publications.
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Dr. Eich has done his homework and graciously shares his insights.
What is the how of how to do it? This book attacks just this problem.
I particularly liked the chapter on "Real Leaders know the difference between character and integrity". Character is about values and our moral compass. Integrity is about doing what you say you will do. Both are critical leadership traits.
It is a good book that should be a must read for any leader. My wonder is if the ones that will read it are the ones that do not need to and the ones that should read it don't.
Overall, the book would probably be good if you are just beginning your quest into leadership development, however, if you've studied it before, I wouldn't waste my time on it.
But don't expect a textbook or a lecture on how to lead. Eich is the best of teachers because he doesn't tell us how to be leaders, he shows us. The book walks us through the author's life experiences, his encounters with exemplary leaders from all segments of society - sports, academia, military, business, government. Eich even shares insights on leadership he's gleaned from his own family. In doing so, he demonstrates clearly how we can identify models of leadership in our own lives and constantly grow and learn from our exposure to them.
Through Eich's stories we learn leaders must have patience, integrity, humility, respect, compassion - and guts. Each story causes you to reflect on people who have been remarkable in your own life - for good and not-so-good reasons. Then, just when you're seriously pondering, Eich drops in some humorous anecdote to make the book fun as well as motivating.
For a little money (that goes to a good cause) and a little reading time, this barely 200-page book will likely find a permanent place on your bookshelf. You'll want to read it over several times and regularly refer to the "Takeaway" points as you strive to become a real leader or work to help others achieve greatness.
Ritch also leads by example: Proceeds from the sale of Real Leaders Don't Boss will be donated to not-for-profit organizations that are caring for U.S. Military men and women who were wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan.
If you aspire to help others, lead others or improve yourself, read this book.