Leverage your brand of leadership for maximum results
Unleashing Your Inner Leader: Executive Coach Tells All presents the premise that there is a powerful leader inside each of us. The focus is on real life exercises and case studies to help you discover, release, and leverage your inner leader: to reach heights in your career that you never thought possible. The book discusses the individual s impact on the organization and which professional behaviors most frequently demonstrate leadership competencies. Conduct a forensic intervention to find out what is going awry in your professional development, or what has gone wrong in the past, and craft a strategy to overcome obstacles, gain unmistakable clarity about yourself, and focus your abilities to match organizational needs.
Great leaders start their assessments from the inside out, and their passion is so strong that it permeates their organizations and builds the culture, regardless of rank. They inspire their teams by sharing the spotlight and encouraging coworkers to excel, operating with clean authenticity to maximize results. Unleashing Your Inner Leader helps you recognize where you fall on the leadership spectrum, and provides practical advice for shaping your brand of leadership to capitalize on your authentic capability and potential. You ll find expert insight as an executive business coach guides you to:
Evaluate your strengths, values, and personal impact to craft a vision for the world around you
Discover what s holding you back from maximum effectiveness
Tap into your undiscovered potential, and inspire your team to excellence
Recognize what it will take to move you and your organization to the next level
It is often very difficult for leaders to see their own greatness, unlock it, and use it in a practical way to get results. Be the spark that ignites your team, and steer your own development toward becoming an impactful leader with
Unleashing Your Inner Leader.
Vickie Bevenour (Coach Vickie) is a leadership strategist and owner of the coaching firm the RDW Group, Inc. Using her natural passion for excellence, she inspires and activates business leaders to use their Inner Leader all day, every day, to become the top 2 percent in their world.
Preface xiii About Me xv About the Book xvii Acknowledgments xix Chapter 1 You and Your Inner Leader 1 Part One of the Book 2 Part Two of the Book 3 Part Three of the Book 4 How to Read This Book 5 Change Model: Unleashing Your Inner Leader 6 About You 7 You and Your Inner Leader Chapter Summary 8 Part One Know Yourself Authentically 11 Chapter 2 Strengths: Who Are You? 13 What Is a Strength? 14 Using and Leveraging Your Strengths 16 Strengths Exercise 1: Discover Your Strengths 18 Strengths Exercise 2: Building Your Strengths Statements 22 Strengths Exercise 3: Communicating Your Strengths Statements 25 When Strength Becomes a Weakness 26 Strengths Chapter Summary 29 Chapter 3 Values: What Do You Stand For? 31 What Is a Value? 32 Values Drive Decisions and Behaviors 34 When Values Are Misaligned 36 Values Exercise 1: Discover Your Values 39 Values Exercise 2: Align Your Values and Behavior 40 Values Chapter Summary 42 Chapter 4 Impact: What Do You Do? 43 Get Your Results Noticed 44 Impact Exercise 1: Build Your CAR Stories Challenge, Action, Result 45 What Is Your Career Currency? 51 Impact Exercise 2: Use CAR Stories as a Record of Career Currency 52 CAR Stories for Career Leadership and Success 53 Impact Chapter Summary 60 Chapter 5 Personal Brand: How Do Others See You? 61 What Is a Personal Brand? 62 Personal Branding Is about How Others Perceive You 66 Are You on the Career Ledge? 68 Five Steps toward Personal Branding 71 Personal Brand Exercise 1: Who Are You? 73 Personal Brand Exercise 2: What Do You Do? 73 Personal Brand Exercise 3: What Is Your Unique Promise of Value? 74 Personal Brand Exercise 4: What Are Your Results? 75 Personal Brand Exercise 5: What Are the Benefits of Your Results? 76 Examples: Personal Brand Statements 77 Putting Your Personal Brand to Work 81 Personal Brand Exercise 6: Communicate Your Personal Brand Daily 83 Personal Brand Exercise 7: Communicate Your Personal Brand on Social Media 83 Personal Brand Chapter Summary 84 Part Two Evolve Your Inner Leader 87 Chapter 6 Productivity: How Do You Get Work Done? 89 How Disciplined Are You? 90 The Great DANE 92 Productivity Exercise 1: Eliminate the Bottom 30 Percent of Your Work 100 Productivity Exercise 2: Say No to One Work Task per Day 101 How Good Are You at Saying No? 102 Managing Your Energy for Success 104 Productivity Exercise 3: Build a Recovery Routine to Sustain Results 106 Productivity Exercise 4: Build a Long-Term Recovery Routine to Sustain Results 107 Productivity Chapter Summary 110 Chapter 7 Mentoring: Helping Others and Helping Yourself 113 What Is Mentoring? 114 Steps to Working with a Mentor 114 Mentoring Exercise: Six Steps to Find and Work with a Mentor 115 What Should I Work on with My Mentor? 117 Mentoring Chapter Summary 118 Chapter 8 Personal Language: What Does Your Language Say about You? 119 Do You Talk Too Much (and Say Nothing)? 121 Do You Ask the Right Questions? 122 Personal Language Exercise 1: Make a List of What Questions 124 Is Your Personal Language Sabotaging Your Effectiveness? 130 Personal Language Exercise 2: Change Your Favorite Phrases 131 Three Tips to Effective Personal Communication 132 Personal Language Chapter Summary 135 Chapter 9 Career Evolution: Where Are You Going? 137 What Is Your Next Step? 142 Successful Career Evolution Process Phase 1: Discover Your Story 143 Successful Career Evolution Process Phase 2: Network 147 Career Evolution Exercise 1: Appreciate Those Who ve Helped You 154 Successful Career Evolution Process Phase 3: Interviewing 157 Career Evolution Exercise 2: Tell Your CAR Stories 158 Successful Career Evolution Chapter Summary 161 Chapter 10 Career Evolution: Building Your Leadership Legacy 163 Building Your Leadership Legacy 165 What Is Your Definition of Success? 165 Success Exercise 1: What Will Success Look Like? 166 Success Exercise 2: Uncover Your Subconscious 169 Find Future Success in Your Past 170 Success Exercise 3: Turn off the Self-Doubt and Turn up the Facts 172 Living Your Leadership Legacy 174 Career Evolution: Building Your Leadership Legacy Chapter Summary 180 Part Three Inspire Your Inner Leader 183 Chapter 11 Guiding Principles 185 Guiding Principles 186 Guiding Principles Chapter Summary 195 Chapter 12 Letting Go of Me to Get to Us 197 Letting Go of Me to Get to Us 198 Letting Go of Me to Get to Us Chapter Summary 203 Chapter 13 Reflecting on the Past to Get to the Future 205 Reflecting on the Past to Get to the Future 205 Reflecting on the Past to Get to the Future Chapter Summary 211 Chapter 14 When You Become the Inspiration 213 When You Become the Inspiration 213 When You Become the Inspiration Chapter Summary 218 About the Author 221 Index 223