Good, Better, Best-Maximize Your Leadership Ability: How to lead change by overcoming leadership challenges and self deception. Leadership and Leading ... by turning leadership theory into practice
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Dan Harris offers his own take on how to become a great leader with this informative eBook: Good, Better, Best — Maximizing Your Leadership Ability. Harris’s book begins with an explanation of the differences between leadership and management, the latter being what the author refers to as the attributes of leadership.
The comparison of management and leadership is followed by an explanation of the myth of leadership, or everything you thought leadership was but isn’t in reality. After the author takes the opportunity to dispel the preconceived notions readers had about leadership, he can begin to describe leadership through the next several chapters, the titles of which indicate that leadership will be defined through a series of positive character traits.
The character traits which the author finds essential to great leadership skills begin with integrity, which is equated with the ability to live honestly. In addition to having integrity, readers are next encouraged to see the ability to delegate as the next topic addressed. Only those who have mastered the ability to delegate will come to realize that they truly are not alone in any endeavor when there is a team which can be led to accomplish the goal together.
Great leaders are further encouraged to show humility. Humility is defined by this author as showing strength, yet having compassion. Humility can also be defined as subduing the tendency to show arrogance and/or flaunt one’s superiority. It can become extremely difficult to lead when your subordinates despise you. Counseling on courage follows the chapter on humility, where you will no doubt be advised how there will be times when the going gets tough and you have to motivate the team to keep going.
The skill which arguably should be at the top of the list is the focus of the next chapter: developing those great communication skills. How will you lead your team to success if you cannot communicate well? Great communication skills will open doors and smooth over the bumpy portions of the road which lies before you. You will be utterly amazed at the value of having and maintaining positive and efficient communication with everyone with whom you need come in contact.
After exploring traits and skill sets, the second half of the book deals with attitude and approach. Positive attitude is combined with an optimistic outlook of knowing you can accomplish your goals. If you believe in your abilities and have the creativity to develop workable solutions for the unexpected challenges to come before you, then surely you will succeed.
Interesting from start to finish, How Good, Better, Best — Maximizing Your Leadership Ability is a practical and straightforward self-help title by Dan Harris which is conveniently available in digital eBook form.