Have you ever wondered “what are the keys to effective leadership?” I am sure that we all have asked this question at some time. And this is exactly the question which Tom Rath and Barry Conchie seek to answer in the book “Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow”. To answer this question they reviewed a culmination of 30 years of research by Gallup Corporation. The research they reviewed included over 40,000 personal interviews with leaders from around the world and 20,000 interviews with followers to ask why they follow a leader. The results of their research lead to the authors proposing the following three keys to effective leadership.
Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It is a book by Jeremie Kubicek (@jeremiekubicek), President and CEO of GiANT Impact, a leadership development organisation involved in the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as other leadership initiatives and programs.
The book Influence: Science and Practice written by Robert B. Cialdini, who received his graduate and postgraduate training in persuasion and social influence from the University of North Carolina and Columbia University. The book shows how much of human behaviour is automatic, as we go through life we develop “rules of thumb” as shortcuts to decision-making, these shortcuts can be used to influence others. An example shortcut occurs when we assume that if something is expensive then it’s of good quality. These rules of thumb work for us the majority of the time. Drawing from research in the field of social psychology, this book explores six “rules of thumb” or principles of persuasion and how they can beused to persuade and influence others.
The history of business is littered with organisations with excellent strategies that failed due to poor execution. The greatest strategy is useless, without the ability to execute it! This is where the book Execution: The disciple of getting things done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan can help. It’s an in your face book, describing the disciplines needed to get things done in an enterprise.
The book describes execution as “the gap between what a company’s leaders want to achieve and the ability of their organizations to deliver it“. The book is authored by:
The “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell has become a leadership classic, found on every leaders bookshelf. John Maxwell is the founder and chairman of The INJOY and a world renowned author of more than 30 books, with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of John Maxwell’s books have landed on the best seller list in publications such as the New York Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership surpassed the 1,000,000 shipped/sold mark early in 2003.
The “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team ” by Patrick Lencioni is written as a leadership fable, a story of a technology company that is struggling to grow and find customers. The new CEO recognises that the company has innovative products and great talent, however the executives are not working together as a team, negating the advantages of the companies innovative products and talented people. The team is struggling with their situation and are unable to come to agreement on an appropriate solution to their problems. The team dynamics erode into naming, blaming and shaming, no one is accepting responsibility, deadlines are being missed and moral is on the decline. The executive team is unable to make important decisions and as a result the company is losing the battle for market share…