Bootstrap Leadership

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2010-05-03
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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Steve Arneson, one of America's top leadership coaches, offers a complete blueprint for designing your own personal leadership development programan approach proven successful in Steve's work with executives at Fortune 500 companies like AOL, PepsiCo, and Capital One. Most of these ideas cost nothing to implement, nor do they require elaborate processes or infrastructurethey're open to anyone with the desire to become a better leader. The fifty concise, to-the-point chapters are entirely self-contained and can be read in any order and at any paceyou can choose a chapter that speaks to a particular challenge or one that just seems intriguing. If you manage people, you owe it to yourself and your team to keep growing and developing as a leader. Bootstrap Leadership shows you how. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Steve Arneson founded Arneson Leadership Consulting to provide executive talent management, coaching and leadership development solutions to corporations and non-profit organizations. He was named one of America’s Top 100 thought leaders on leadership and one of the country’s Top 25 leadership coaches for 2008-2009 by Leadership Excellence magazine.  Steve also writes a national weekly leadership column for Examiner.com. Steve has served as the head of Learning, Leadership Development, & Talent Management at five Fortune 300 companies: Capital One, AOL, Time Warner Cable, and divisions of Yum Brands and PepsiCo. 

Foreword author Dave Ulrich is a university professor, speaker, and bestselling author of Human Resource Champions.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xix
Introductionp. 1
How Are You Showing Up as a Leader?
Where Have You Been?: Document Your Leadership Journeyp. 13
Build a Spider Web: Evaluate Your Working Relationshipsp. 17
Spin Around in a Circle: Make 360 Feedback Work for Youp. 21
Your Own Private Detective: Ask a Peer to Track Your Developmentp. 26
When the Student Is Ready: Find a Mentorp. 30
Just Like the CEO: Create a Personal Board of Directorsp. 35
Get in the Weight Room: Identify and Leverage Your Strengthsp. 40
Go Back in Time: Ask Past Colleagues about Your Leadershipp. 45
Is There Another Way?: Confront Your Hardest-Held Positionsp. 50
How Am I Driving?: Develop a Vision, Mission, and Strategyp. 55
Add Something New to Your Game
Break Out the Dictionary: Craft Your Own Definition of Leadershipp. 63
Put It in Writing: Prepare a Leadership Development Planp. 67
One Year at a Time: Develop One Leadership Skill a Yearp. 72
What Is It That Only You Can Do?: Learn to Delegatep. 77
The Whistle and the Clipboard: Practice Your Coaching Skillsp. 82
Hit the Books: Read Three Business Titles a Yearp. 88
The Best Thinking Tools Ever Invented: Keep a Journalp. 93
I Have a Theory: Study Great Leadership Thinkingp. 98
Once Upon a Time: Become a Great Storytellerp. 102
This Is Me: Share Your Leadership Foundationsp. 107
Get Curious about the World Around You
Take a Trip Around the World: Learn about Other Culturesp. 113
So This Is What We Do: Learn the Businessp. 118
Keep Tabs on Your Friends: Document Your Networkp. 123
That Thing Called the Internet: Leverage Technologyp. 128
Who Are These People?: Get to Know Your Team Membersp. 133
Ask the Experts: Tap Vendors and Consultants for New Ideasp. 138
Scout the Enemy: Know Your Competitorsp. 142
Go Back to School: Attend a Conference or Seminarp. 147
Road Trip!: Visit Innovative Companiesp. 152
Bring It Home: Learn Something New—Outside of Workp. 157
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Get Outside the Circle: Practice New Leadership Behaviorsp. 165
You're Right and I'm Wrong: Admit Mistakes and Limitationsp. 170
Become a Member: Join a Professional Networkp. 174
Share Your Story: Organize an Internal Speakers Bureaup. 179
Tell the Boss You're Bored: Take Charge of Your Own Careerp. 184
Love the Numbers: Learn to Read Financial Statementsp. 188
Build the Business Case: Give Great Presentationsp. 192
A Healthy You: Bring Energy to Your Workp. 197
Write Your Own Screenplay: Imagine Yourself in Future Rolesp. 202
Question Everything: Review Your Strategy Twice a Yearp. 207
It's Not about You
It's All about Them: Showcase Your Peoplep. 215
Give Something Back: Help a Nonprofit Organizationp. 220
What the Boss Needs to Hear: Provide Feedback Up the Ladderp. 225
Extend Your Reach: Spend Time with Your Broader Teamp. 230
Your Most Precious Resource: Set Priorities for Your Timep. 236
Step Up to the Podium: Teach a Course Inside Your Companyp. 241
Talk to Yourself: Ask Three Questions Every Dayp. 246
Join the Volunteer Army: Donate Your Leadership Skillsp. 251
The Best Advice Ever: Become a Better Listenerp. 256
Welcome the New Guard: Write a Letter to Your Successorp. 261
Where Do You Go From Here?p. 265
Figuresp. 269
Notesp. 279
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Indexp. 283
About the Authorp. 289
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