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Seven Disciplines of A Leader Hardcover – November 17, 2014
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An organization's fate is determined by the quality of its leadership. Good leaders can take a faltering business and turn it into an innovative powerhouse. By the same token, mediocre leaders can run even world-class brands into the ground. We've seen enough examples of both scenarios to know that they really happen, but, despite an avalanche of business books, many leaders still don't understand how to emulate the success stories and avoid the cautionary tales. Seven Disciplines of a Leader is a different kind of leadership book, thanks to one crucial point: author Jeff Wolf has the hands-on experience necessary to know what works and what doesn't.
Global firms have been able to remain on top because their executives, managers, and supervisors have developed the leadership skills that make businesses succeed. Jeff Wolf has provided leadership coaching for these global business leaders, and the Seven Disciplines and Eleven Practices in this book come from his direct experience. True leadership excellence is tested during economic downturns and times of strategic change, and the real-world examples in Seven Disciplines of a Leader show how to apply the same methods that have brought successful companies through the difficult last decade.
Transformative leaders did not get to where they are today just by reading books. They worked to put the knowledge they gained into practice every day. In Seven Disciplines of a Leader, each chapter ends with a takeaway section that includes a thought-provoking exercise to help readers actualize what they've learned. The Seven Disciplinesincluding Initiative and Influence, Social/Emotional/Political Intelligence, and Renewal and Sustainabilityextend through every level of an organization, and even into personal life. For leaders who are serious about honing their skills and companies that want to bring out the leadership potential in employees, Seven Disciplines of a Leader provides an invaluable big-picture perspective.
Jeff Wolf has seen outstanding leadership successes and just as many cautionary tales. These examples, drawn from real companies will show you what excellent leadership looks like on a daily basis. With advice from the trenches, Seven Disciplines of a Leader provides the practical perspective that so many theoretical business books lack. Read this book to learn not only what great leaders do, but also how they do it.
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LEADERSHIP SECRETS FROM ONE OF AMERICA'S TOP 100 THOUGHT LEADERS
Jeff Wolf is one of the most highly sought-after executive and leadership coaches in the country. His clients are some of the world's top businessesand year after year, these companies stay on top for one reason and one reason only: leadership. They have leaders who know how to maximize effectiveness at every level of the value chain. And they do it using the techniques and habits in Seven Disciplines of a Leader.
This book makes it easy to become a better leader. Seven Disciplines of a Leader includes takeaways and exercises at the end of every chapter, so every section leads directly to skills and strategies that you can use immediately. Taken together, the Seven Disciplines and Eleven Practices form a leadership worldview that will enable you to get the best out of every single member of your team.
"Jeff Wolf's well-crafted book Seven Disciplines of a Leader is a seminal book on leadership in business, a groundbreaking study that leaders in any line of work can use to increase their effectiveness on the job. Its penetrating insights will be helpful for frontline supervisors, managers, and chief executive officers alike."
Dale Sohn, former President and CEO, Samsung Telecommunications America
"Jeff Wolf's book Seven Disciplines of a Leader describes state-of-the-art techniques that leaders at any level of the organization can use to improve their performance. His remarkable advice is sensible, easy to understand, and noteworthy."
Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and global bestsellers What Got You Here Won't Get You There and MOJO
"Great leaders exude a passion from within to grow, learn, and build teams. Jeff Wolf has laid out a flight plan to guide you through both blue skies and turbulence to achieve your leadership goals. In his book Seven Disciplines of a Leader, he shows how successful leaders continue to learn and grow throughout their careers. Reading it and absorbing its lessons will imbue you with the courage and confidence it takes to become a great leader. Consider it a flight plan to support your team and you en route to your destination."
Howard Putnam, Former CEO Southwest Airlines & Braniff International and author of The Winds of Turbulence
"Jeff Wolf's new book, Seven Disciplines of a Leader, delivers major benefits for its readers. It very effectively demonstrates how to build core leadership skills, improve decision making, interpersonal relations, and teamwork skills, and reveals techniques of highly effective and dynamic leaders. Jeff's background as a highly regarded executive coach and management consultant qualifies him as a business guru you want to listen to."
Edgar Tu, former President, Home Entertainment of America, Sony Electronics
"Jeff Wolf, in his new book Seven Disciplines of a Leader, has given us a comprehensive list of the many ways that the aspiring or current manager can sharpen his leadership skills in order to be able to compete effectively in today's challenging business environment. He covers a lot of ground, but running throughout his work is a much-needed emphasis on the importance of clear and pervasive communication from the highest corporate level to the inner workings of the smallest team. As he makes clear, failure to communicate clearly and accurately will doom even the brightest of leaders. If the reader only learned this one lesson, it would make the book most worthwhile, but of course, it contains so much more."
John A. Warden III, Colonel, USAF(retired), President of Venturist, Inc., and author of Winning in FastTime
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His beautifully crafted blueprint also offers readers professional guidance on grooming new leaders!
This book is a must read for managers looking to grow personally as an effective leader by learning to hone their interpersonal and management skills.
Jeff guides you through how to resolve conflicts, properly mentor employees, and the most effective way to influence people. The author gives you a transparent view into his tens of years of experience in industry and guides you through the ins and outs of the ideal personality of a charismatic and productive leader.
One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was how the book is structured. Rather than writing paragraph after paragraph, the book reads switches on and off among short, easy-to-follow paragraphs, bullet-styled notes and real-world examples. It's almost as if you're reading pages of organized and curated notes of an experienced and effective disciplined leader.