Yogi Berra said that leading is
easy, the hard part is getting people to follow. Never were truer words
spoken. As anybody who’s ever been in a leadership position knows,
eliciting cooperation from a group of people of any size—from a project
team to an army—can be like trying to tap dance on quick sand. And
while leadership definitely comes easier to some people, it isn’t
something you have to be born with. In fact, as the authors of this
step-by-step guide to becoming a leader demonstrate, leaders are made,
not born, and just about anybody can become an effective leader.
Whether you aspire to being a leader, have had leadership thrust
upon you, or are already a leader and want to be better at it, Leadership
For Dummies is for you. Short on theory and long on practical
strategies and surefire techniques, it arms you with what you need to:
- Build and flex your leadership muscles
- See opportunity amid change and crisis
- Develop your own leadership style
- Lead with communication, encouragement, and promotion
- Recognize the ten telltale behaviors of true leaders
- Earn greater respect, success, and recognition
Teacher, preacher, coach, project leader...no matter what specific
leadership role you wish to fill, Leadership For Dummies
provides you with a solid foundation on which to build. You’ll
- What it takes to be a leader and understanding your own
- How to be flexible and adaptive without compromising your
- Understanding leadership as an ongoing process and preparing to
assume the role of leader
- Leadership in everyday life—including tips on volunteering and
taking a more active role in your family, community, and the world at
- What vision is, why it is so necessary to great leadership, and
how to develop it
- How to create winning teams and keep them following your lead
Yes, you have what it takes to be an effective leader. Now let Leadership
For Dummies show you how to connect with it and be a mover and
shaker in your own right.
"A year had passed since our last strategy+business review of leadership book and CEO memoirs, so a trip to Borders was in order to see what was new in those categories. We discovered almost all the books in the management section had been published within the last calendar year (apparently most business books have a short shelf life). However, there was a notable exception: Leadership for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, 1999), by Marshall Loeb and Stephen Kindel, was well stocked and in the same prominent place on the shelf as a year ago...and was now in its second printing. Perhaps the parlous state of America s corporate governance explains why Dummies has found such traction." (Strategy+Business, Fourth Quarter 2002)
PART I: What It Takes to Be a Leader.
Chapter 1: A Marshal's Baton in Every Soldier's Knapsack.
Chapter 2: Remember, They're Not Electing You Dictator for Life.
Chapter 3: Building Your Leadership Muscles.
Chapter 4: Which Hat Do I Wear? The Roles That Leaders Play.
PART II: Leadership Is a Process.
Chapter 5: Take the Lead? Me?
Chapter 6: The Missions of the Leader.
Chapter 7: The Responsibilities of a Leader.
PART III: The Art of Leadership.
Chapter 8: What Are the Skills of a Leader?
Chapter 9: Harnessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses.
Chapter 10: What about Expectations?
Chapter 11: The Axioms of Leadership.
Chapter 12: Managing as a Leader.
Chapter 13: Leading When You Aren't Really the Leader.
PART IV: Leadership in Everyday Life.
Chapter 14: Volunteering Your Time and Skills.
Chapter 15: Taking the Lead as a Volunteer.
Chapter 16: Everyday Leadership: Training for Real Life.
Chapter 17: Leading When You Coach.
Chapter 18: Organizing Your Community: Lessons from Saul Alinsky.
PART V: Leadership and Vision.
Chapter 19: What's a Vision?
Chapter 20: Developing a Vision.
PART VI: Team Building.
Chapter 21: Why Depend on Teams?
Chapter 22: Creating a Winning Team.
Chapter 23: Team Learning.
Chapter 24: Spreading Team Knowledge Around.
Chapter 25: When Followers Won't Follow.
Chapter 26: Can the Situation Be Saved?
Chapter 27: Leading across Cultures.
PART VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 28: Ten Mistakes That Every Leader Makes.
Chapter 29: Ten Characteristics of a True Leader.
Chapter 30: Ten Ways to Master Leadership Skills.
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