The Art of Leading
The odyssey that follows is one that offers the hills and valleys thatthe leader has to master like a Formula One driver masters his course. It is a journey of basic principles and great acts of introspection, action and education. Also, it is an excursion for all, for as Robin Sharma2 reminds us in his fable that all are called to
lead, regardless of position in the organisational hierarchy or title, with the authority that comes with it.
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The Art of Leading, Leading is an art, a very fine art. Like many art forms, their practitioners become proficient from learning, then from much practice. The art of leading follows a similar pattern. As Malcolm Gladwell tries to demonstrate in Outliers, that path has as its cornerstone hours and hours, perhaps 10,000 hours of practice, to
reach the top.
Leadership is critical skill each of us must develop over our life time. It is also an enormous challenge today especially for new leaders. We have a scarcity of leadership in our organizations and in our country. Leadership is the competency we must improve to transport us out of the many economic, education, and social challenges we are facing today. Poor leadership has brought us here. Only excellent leadership will bring us out. This book provides three basic principles of leadership that form the foundation of success for predictable employee engagement. With just these three principles a leader can bring together a team to create significant positive and sustainable performance improvement.
The book provides the foundation of successful leadership so everyone can perform at their best. Everyone can and must be a leader at some level. To truly achieve personal and organizational success in today’s challenging world everyone must improve their leadership skills even if only to achieve success for his or her own life or family. This book is for any leader who is: • Desiring to create sustainable performance improvement for all employees • New to his/her job and wants to start out on the right foot • Frustrated by the current performance appraisal process • Needing to improve employee engagement in order to create a competitive advantage