- Publisher: Fastpencil Publishing (September 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149990309X
- ISBN-13: 978-1499903096
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,922,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Return on Leadership: A Three Step Plan to Navigate Change and Unlock Hidden Growth Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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In a world where the playing field has been leveled and everyone has access to the same technology, skills and markets, how do you compete? Compared to investments in equipment and people, leadership is often viewed as a "soft skill" - an optional nice-to-have that is all about catering to the emotional needs of employees. New research shows that's a blind spot that is undermining our potential for long-term growth. It's now clear that good leadership, focused on Vision, Engagement and Execution, is great business. But if that's true, where's the data? How can we drive a business case, alongside our ROI calculations, to grow our Return on Leadership (ROL)? That's now possible, using new, statistically validated leadership assessments and tools that link the impact of individual leaders to critical metrics like revenue, profitability and market share. With case studies including Ford Motor Company, global IT services, and first-hand experience as a Fortune 500 executive, leadership coach and naval flight officer, author DL Brouwer provides a clear, actionable plan to help you drive your "Return on Leadership."
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D L Brouwer introduces a new paradigm of a quantifiable approach to leadership that not only engages the workforce, but encourages innovation, teamwork, and commitment to the vision.
The key here is “quantifiable” because we now have a means of measuring the impact of leadership in an organization. The business community demands measures of every kind. Now there is a method to gauge impact of your leadership team on the productivity of your business. This is the gamechanger because “Leadership” is now on equal footing with Capital and Labor in driving Growth.
D L Brouwer presented a most impressive review of “bias” and its impact on business management. He caption’s it as “Public Enemy #1” – I couldn’t agree more. Bias takes analytics and throws it out the window, taints every executive decision, and can derail the best thoughts out plans.
I worked in the Intelligence Community for many years, the subject of “Bias” is critical for effective analytics, regardless of the subject. The analytic products assembled within the Intelligence Community (IC) are some of the most objective, and unbiased analyses there are.
D L Brouwer explains the various bias i.e. past, present, and future. To me, this section of the book was the most telling. Without it, it the story would be half-finished. Bias is not something you can eliminate, but it can be mitigated - and some bias, such as caring for your country, your neighbors and community has a positive impact on business.
Understanding this subject is vital if you want real, effective leadership. He notes that, like a computer, our mind will speed up the processing of “bias” reactions by creating entrenched neural pathways that not only skew our perspectives, but limit our capacity change.
If you’ve ever experienced real leadership in an organization, you will understand how you become energized about the mission, excited about your work, and ready to be part of a team that’s on the same page.
In 45 years I’ve experienced this twice. Wouldn’t it be great if this was the standard?
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about leadership, who wants their business to flourish, and wants to make the workplace a gratifying place to be.
Dennis’ insights are useful for anyone who is either in management now (from manager to C level), or aspires to be.
The book provides an engaging mix of insight, peppered with real world experiences that help drive the important messages home. In addition, it provides the reader with the tools necessary to become more self-aware of their leadership style, and how that affects those they lead.
I was lucky enough to have worked for Dennis during the time he led the business transformation at SAVVIS, and can vouch for not only the exceptional turnaround, but also how his leadership style and unified vision truly re-invigorated a great, but disenfranchised employees into a team with a shared vision who were able to move mountains!
ROL provides what many similar books don’t address – the “how to.” This is not an all-inclusive manual but ROL dives into the Execution for self-development – something that is regularly missed.
I am looking for a new career, which I will leverage to implement a new level of leadership. ROL will be part of my toolkit for myself, my management, my peers and direct reports.
DL cracks the code while being entertaining and incredibly informative...replacing a shroud of shoulder shrugging mysticism and a “well, it just is” mentality with a practical dissection of what it takes to be, as well as, build a great leader.
It’s investigation, quantification, and retrospective analysis of the value of Leadership, with a highlight on the often overlooked investment therein, provides an invaluable insight.
I loved this book and am really looking forward to applying what I’ve learned from it to elevate mine and my team’s game to the next level.
I have purchased two other books for friends who run small businesses. They have commented on how this book will definitely make their job easier.