Comments on: Leadership by the book http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/06/28/leadership-by-the-book/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: LoraineAntrim http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/06/28/leadership-by-the-book/#comment-53684 Sat, 07 Jul 2012 13:22:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13422#comment-53684 Leadership is a mindset. It’s the ability to think and communicate in a way that inspires and rallies people to action. It’s about formulating a vision, creating a strategy, and executing. Can that be taught? To a degree. We can all learn those lessons, and the plethora of leadership books means that many many executive and would-be execs are trying to do just that. Loraine Antrim ttp://twitter.com/#!/loraineantrim

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By: JWGIBBS http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/06/28/leadership-by-the-book/#comment-50613 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:55:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13422#comment-50613 “Leadership, Leadership, Leadership.” From what I have seen in the corporate world, “Leadership” is highly over-rated. Leadership is usually code language for self-enrichment at the expense of others. If you need a book to tell you you are a leader, you’re not.

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By: bensimonton http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/06/28/leadership-by-the-book/#comment-50610 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:14:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13422#comment-50610 Sadly, the vast majority of leadership books are written by those who have never successfully led a reasonable number of employees to unleash their full potential on their work. This could be described as leading employees to be highly motivated, highly committed, and fully engaged.

Would you recommend that a person desiring to be a car mechanic study other car mechanics or study the cars they would expect to maintain? The answer is obvious, but most authors have violated this truth. If one studies the science of people and how they react to managerial actions and inactions, it becomes very obvious that the traditional and ubiquitous top-down command and control approach to managing people tends to lead employees to be demotivated and demoralized.

Very sad, but it makes people like me appear to be real Superstar leaders since I was able to create fully engaged workforces hugely more productive with great morale and literally loving to come to work able to crush competitors.

Best regards, Ben Simonton

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By: BidnisMan http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/06/28/leadership-by-the-book/#comment-50470 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:56:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13422#comment-50470 Personal experience: While I find I can’t ‘learn leadership’ from books when I do find yourself in a situation where I am asked to lead it can be helpful if I have a reference point. Ultimately though, circumstances are always slightly different to what I read, so it can never be followed verbatim. Another point: most of these biographies are leaders of 10000+ employee companies, which most people are not (except in their fantasies), and so the translation is often much looser than it could be if someone wrote a biographie of running a twenty person division.

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By: sylvialafair http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/06/28/leadership-by-the-book/#comment-50381 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:40:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13422#comment-50381 Great post James. I agree that “how to books” with the easy promise of the “7 steps to being a powerful leader” are often superficial and do not take in the multiple complexities of human development.
There are technology leaders, as in Steve Jobs and Henry Ford,and there are social leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln.Different leaders for different reasons.
In this day and age I believe the best leaders are those who have a large dose of self awareness sprinkled with their unique skills and talents.
Once individuals can learn how to stay steady when they are being threatened personally and professionally as well as learn to listen to and encourage others to do the right thing; ah, then we have some amazing leaders.
That is the premise of my award winning book “Don’t Bring It To Work”.We can learn from biographies about the golden as well as the dark side of human nature to see where we also need to grow and evolve.We all need leadership development, the world needs leaders who are awake and willing to make positive change happen.
Sylvia Lafair, author “Don’t Bring It to Work”

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By: fred5407 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/06/28/leadership-by-the-book/#comment-50366 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:25:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13422#comment-50366 Leadership comes by leading using personal principles, Most of the writers write from things they read, things they were taught, or things that “sound real good”.

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