The modern leader's guide to building a unique and powerful leadership identity designed for long-term success
The economy is transforming. Organizations are changing. Business strategies are being revolutionized. So any high achieving professional seeking to make her or his mark needs a radically different leadership model-and this book delivers it. Inspired by a small, but growing movement of influencers and changemakers, the New Alpha advances an innovative and integrated approach to leadership-based on the idea that truly great leaders focus-not just on achieving big goals--but also on personal excellence and being a force for good in the world.
The New Alpha provides easy-to-understand, evidence-based strategies that show the reader how to be the kind of leader who excels in the near future and for the long run: one who knows not only how to achieve her or his goals, but also how to cultivate fulfillment and act as a force for good in the world. Packed with interactive, relatable, and engaging content, The New Alpha empowers future leaders to discover their unique potential to become powerful influencers in a growing social movement.
Danielle Harlan is founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential, an organization that helps individuals and organizations be exceptional and maximize their impact.
Introduction: Welcome to the New Alpha Movement Jamila and Jarrod: A Tale of Two Alphas Who Are the New Alphas? How This Book Is Different How This Book Is Organized Our Contract Part I. Personal Excellence 1. Demonstrate Character and Ethics Self-Assessment Show Kindness and Generosity Courage and Integrity Be Courageous and Act with Integrity Cultivate Humility Be Industriousness Practice Good Citizenship and Stewardship Wrap-Up and Tracking Progress 2. Build Positive and Productive Relationships with Others Self-Assessment Developing Emotional Intelligence Seeking out and Maintaining Relationships with High-Quality People Understanding and Leading Effectively Across Lines of Difference Minimizing Time Spent with Toxic People Wrap-Up and Tracking Progress 3. Prioritize Your Health and Wellness Self-Assessment Your Results Eat Well Stay Hydrated Get Enough Sleep Exercise Regularly Manage Stress Wrap-Up and Tracking Progress 4. Develop a Mindset for Success Self-Assessment Be Proactive Be Confident and Optimistic Cultivate Zest Develop Grit Be Adaptable Be Curious Think Creatively Practice Gratitude Have a Sense of Humor Embrace Failure and Continuous Improvement Wrap-Up and Tracking Progress 5. Psychological and Organizational Strategies to Help You Achieve Your Goals Staying Focused Overcoming Procrastination Optimizing Your Efficiency Managing Your Mental and Emotional Well-Being Dealing with Criticism PART I I PERSONAL LEADERSHIP 6. Define Your Personal Leadership Identity Leading Effectively While Being Your Best and Most Authentic Self A Five-Step Process for Finding and Internalizing Your Personal Leadership Identity 7. Identify Your Vision Developing a Vision for Your Life: How It Works A Four-Step Plan for Crafting a Vision (and Vision Board) for Your Ideal Life 8. Develop Your Plan Developing a Plan: How It Works Six Steps to Turn Your Vision into a Workable Plan of Action 9. Execute Your Plan Executing Your Plan: How It Works Creating a Daily Achievement Plan Reviewing Progress Develop Your New Alpha Personal Plan for Next Year PART I I I TEAM AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP 10. Identify the Vision Six Steps for Crafting a Compelling Vision Help Your People Connect Their Work to the Vision Build a Culture That Supports the Vision Stay Current 11. Develop the Plan Six Steps to Turn Your Vision into a Workable Plan of Action Communicate the Plan Identify the Right Support Structures for the Plan 12. Execute the Plan Understand What Your People Do Set and Clarify Expectations Assign and Delegate Work with Your Team Members' Personal Leadership Identities in Mind Check Progress and Follow Up Conduct Effective Meetings 13. Sustaining Progress, Growth, and Motivation Communicate, Communicate, and Communicate Some More Admit Your Mistakes Champion Innovation and Continuous Improvement Resolve Interpersonal Conflicts Make Good and Timely Decisions Manage Up Support Growth and Development Connect Everything Back to the Vision Congratulations and Advice for the Road Notes Acknowledgments Index