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Feb
07 2012

The Ten Things Managers Need to Know from “The Leader’s Digest”

Syndicated from: The Practical Leader

It’s always very interesting to see what readers identify as the most significant messages in my books. Occasionally I wonder if they actually read the book I wrote. Maybe they mixed it up with another one? But most often I am pleasantly surprised at what a reader has learned from the book. Through the power of Google Alerts, links to references and reviews of my seven books regularly appear in my in-box, “A Summary and Analysis of The Leader’s Digest for Practicing and Aspiring Managers” showed up on bizcovering.com. Written by David Wyld, Professor of Management at Southeastern Louisiana University, it’s the most extensive and accurate summary of The Leader’s Digest yet! I especially appreciated David’s section on The Ten Things Managers Need to Know from The Leader’s Digest. David did an excellent job of identifying key messages and summarizing each one in a short paragraph. Here’s a synopsis of his summary that you might want to use as a leadership development checklist: Management vs. Leadership — We manage things and lead people. Managing has more to do with a way of doing where as leadership has to do with a way of being. Emotional Intelligence — the most primal and important skill in the leadership realm. It starts with a clear idea of who you are and where you want to go. Leaders Take Responsibility — It is a true and rigorous test of maturity and emotional intelligence. In leadership, this is “ground zero.” Leadership is action not a position — Leaders do not wait for things to happen. Instead, they take the initiative to make things happen. Leaders direct themselves first — if we wish to lead others, we must first look in the mirror. Leaders Address Obvious Problems That need to be Dealt With — Leaders will do everything in their power to rid their organization of any “moose” in their midst. Passionate Presence — engage people’s hearts so as to instill not just an obligation, but a desire to get things done. Leaders help the people in their organization to find meaning and purpose in their work — most people want to feel like they are making a difference. Communication — there is a huge difference between information and communication … it is important to know how to speak to people’s hearts and emotions as well. Leaders are team players — Rather than being a personal problem solver, a leader acts more as a facilitator to help a group solve a problem as a team. Click here to read David’s full review and synopsis of The Leader’s Digest. The book is now available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese editions. It has also been published in a variety of e-book formats. And our customers in Australia and the UK/Europe are now able to buy hard copies through their local Amazon web site and save shipping costs. Keep reading, leading, and growing!

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