Leading So People Will Follow  -     By: Erika Andersen
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Leading So People Will Follow

Jossey-Bass / 2012 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 111837987X
ISBN-13: 9781118379875

Author Bio

Erika Andersen is founding partner of the consulting firmProteus International and the author of Growing Great Employees:Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers andBeing Strategic: Plan for Success, Out-Think Your Competitors,Stay Ahead of Change, which she adapted into a publictelevision show, Being Strategic with Erika Andersen. Shealso blogs at blogs.forbes.com/erikaandersen and aterikaandersen.com.

Publishers Weekly

Andersen attempts an uneasy marriage of lore, fairy tales, and contemporary business practices in this overly reductive approach to defining the attributes of a good leader. Her initial premise is that "core timeless attributes" of leadership are "remarkably consistent across time and culture," and can be learned. She derives from "the folktales and fairy tales of many cultures" a prescription for the essential leadership traits: far-sightedness, passion, courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness. Self-assessment exercises are provided for readers. Andersen's experience at consulting and coaching firm Proteus International, liberally referred to throughout, indicates hands-on experience in the practical aspects of promoting leadership behavior. Several assumption merit more consideration than the glib generalities sprinkled throughout. Overall, how are people to distinguish between the patina of leadership, made shiny by public relations and press releases, and the genuine article? Andersen offers a useful tool for the "How-to" school, but offers little insight into basic questions. (Oct.) 2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

You recognize leadership when you see it, but many people tendto stumble when asked to come up with a definition. Not so forAndersen, who is a leadership coachand Forbes blogger. She couldn’t be moredirect and succinct as she breaks down the definition of leadershipinto six components or, more apropos to her discussions, the sixattributes of a good leader—far-sightedness, passion,courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness. Her point andapproach are to teach how to be an effective leader, supported byher fundamental philosophy that “when someone who is put inthe ‘leader’ seat doesn’t demonstrate theleadership qualities for which human beings have a kind of built-inradar, that person is unlikely to be effective as a leader.”To that end, she offers five “key behaviors” for eachof the six leadership components. A book to read more than once andto consult many times.— Brad Hooper, BooklistOnline

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