- Paperback: 163 pages
- Publisher: Acanthus Publishing (November 18, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975481002
- ISBN-13: 978-0975481004
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,112,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Takes a Lot More than Attitude... To Lead a Stellar Organization Paperback – November 18, 2005
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About the Author
Stever Robbins offers dynamic keynotes and workshops for organizations committed to developing visionary leaders. Unlike other leadership experts on the speaking circuit, Stever is able to engage audiences with his sharp wit and sense of humor, while delivering practical on-point content they can implement immediately in their businesses. He operates from a strategic business perspective, which means he doesn't waste time discussing motivational topics that have no bearing on attendees' bottom-line.
Top customer reviews
Amongst other things, Stever is an executive coach, President of Leadership Decision Works Inc, entrepreneur and executive trainer at Harvard Business School. He's therefore well qualified to comment on what makes a good or not-so-good leader. He uses real life examples throughout to illustrate key points and to drive home the messages.
While other leadership books often give only conceptual information about leadership, this book goes much further and deeper by identifying specific, practical steps you can take to become a better leader. In addition there are thought provoking questions to challenge your current paradigms and down-to-earth recommendations for improving how you lead so that you can get the best out of yourself and your team.
I particularly enjoyed Stever's conversational and humourous style of writing. It flows well and his focus on total leadership responsibility means there's no place to hide if things go wrong. The buck stops firmly with you.
Stever's holistic approach to both organisational and individual development and learning is like a breath of fresh air to those of us who believe that helping people to stay healthy is a key to organisational wellness.
I believe the book will be equally useful to developing leaders as well as those in unofficial leadership roles. Applying the recommendations to how you might "lead" your life or any community or sporting body is also valid.
With 3 parts, 30 short chapters and 163 pages, it's easy to find your way back to those things you've decided to work on first. And no doubt you'll dip into the book regularly to support your journey to leadership excellence.
Each of Stever's stories illustrates an important lesson about how (and how not to) lead. He reveals how one CEO went on vacation while her staff was working overtime on a product launch, while another kept his staff on full pay after a fire leveled the business. His examples communicate essential leadership principles like accepting responsibility, sharing your vision, and creating a culture of mutual respect.
As a business coach myself, I found this book filled with valuable material for working with my executive clients. I recognized many of their management faux pas in Stever's pithy stories, and have been able to pass along much of his sage advice to people who badly needed it.