A unique take on leadership from a popular Forbes blogger and nationally-known leadership coach Leading So People Will Follow explores the six leadership characteristics that inspire followers to fully support their leaders. Using Erika Andersen s proven framework, new leaders and veterans alike have increased their capacity for leading in a way that creates loyalty, commitment and results. Step by step, Andersen lays out six key attributes (far-sightedness, passion, courage, wisdom, generosity, and trustworthiness) and gives leaders the tools for developing them. This innovative book offers a practical guide for building the skills to become a truly 'followable' leader.
* Filled with examples from forward-thinking organizations such as Apple, NBC Universal, Union Square Hospitality Group, and MTV Networks * Maps out the six attributes of leadership * Includes a free online Followable Leader assessment * Author Erika Andersen is one of Forbes' most popular bloggers and coaches some of the most successful leaders in America Using self-assessments, real-world examples, and concrete tools, Leading So People Will Follow helps build timeless core skills that work for leaders in any field.
Erika Andersen is founding partner of the consulting firm Proteus International and the author of Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers and Being Strategic: Plan for Success, Out-Think Your Competitors, Stay Ahead of Change, which she adapted into a public television show, Being Strategic with Erika Andersen. She also blogs at blogs.forbes.com/erikaandersen and at erikaandersen.com.
1 The Longing for Good Leaders 1 Our Leader Longing Is Wired In Cracking the Code 2 Firesides and Folktales 7 Stories Hold the Map The Six Attributes Reflecting on Your Leadership Hearing the Story 3 Farsighted 21 See Possible Futures Articulate the Vision Model the Vision See Past Obstacles Invite Participation 4 Passionate 49 Commit Honestly Make a Clear Case Without Dogma Invite Real Dialogue Support Your Passion Remain Committed 5 Courageous 63 Make Tough Choices Risk Yourself for the Enterprise Do Personally Difficult Things Take Responsibility Admit Mistakes 6 Wise 83 Be Curious Listen! Assess Objectively Learn from Your Experience See and Share Patterns Act Based on Your Sense of Right 7 Generous 105 Assume Positive Intent Share Power Share What You Know Freely Give Credit, Praise, and Reward Provide Necessary Resources for Success 8 Trustworthy 137 Tell the Truth Do What You Say You Will Keep Confidences Speak and Act for the Greater Good Get Results 9 Friends for the Journey 157 Leading as a Group Endeavor Wizards, Well-Wishers, and Wild Cards Finding Your Supporters 10 Your Own Tale 167 Reassess Yourself Make a Plan Rely on Your Wizards, Well-Wishers, and Wild Cards Epilogue 173 Listening and Self-Talk for Leaders: Bonus Section 175 Acknowledgments 187 The Author 189 Index 191