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Three Commitments of Leadership: How Clarity, Stability, and Rhythm Create Great Leaders (Business Books) Hardcover – October 10, 2011
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About the Author
TOM ENDERSBE is the former Head of Field Implementation and Training at Ameriprise and is presently CEO of Endersbe, Herron and Associates.
JAY THERRIEN has led Learning and Development for three Fortune 100 companies.
JON WORTMANN is a nonprofit leader and consultant to educational, nonprofi t, startup, and Fortune 100 organizations. He is the coauthor of Mastering Communication at Work.
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Clarity - so that participants know their goals, because misunderstandings produce inefficiency and burnout.
Stability - so that individuals feel a level of solidity in their work, allowing them the confidence to take necessary risks in their roles.
Rhythm - so that workers see their work not as conscious, painful, toil, but rather as a natural flow of achievement and progress.
I enjoyed the lack of terminology in the book. Some business writers favour long lists and unnecessarily complex language. I have no desire to learn `The twelve principles of advantageous relational interdependency,' or the `six ways to a liquid, collegiate culture.' The authors avoid this, drawing out and justifying their three commitments through accessible prose and clear, short case studies.
I believe that the book could benefit from a clearer structure. Indeed some paragraphs gave me a rather strong hint of deju vu. In addition, one might question whether anything written in the book is really a novel insight into organisational reality. I for one was not surprised to hear that clarity, stability and rhythm are important.
All things considered, as a reminder of what leadership should aspire to, and as a short motivational text, the book is certainly worth your time.
*I received a free copy of the book from the publisher.*
(as described by the authors) element seems to be a natural outcome from the effort to create clarity. Some science, some psychology, some real world experieince - the authors create a leadership rubric easy enough to use in all leadership situations in order to be more effective and as a way to reflect on one's past efforts and understand where you could have been more "Leaderful" in order to grow one's capacity to lead. Read it- use it- live it
After reading the book, my favorite part was toward the end. With the premise that we lead every day, the writers challenge us to ask ourselves two questions:
1. Where did you lead today?
2. Where did you compliment someone else for leading?
Make a note of these. Take time to read this book. It's worth the time and investment.
*I received this book as an advance copy, courtesy of the publishing company.