Developing Leadership Abilities (NetEffect Series)

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  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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The prentice Hall NetEffect series encompasses training for specific business areas, such as learning skills, job skills, management skills, and technology soft skills. Courses are available in print, on CD-ROM, or over the Internet. For more information on the NetEffect series, go to www.prenhall.com/training Developing Leadership Abilities teaches specific skills that matter most for those assuming a leadership role. Their step-by-step approach helps extend and refine leadership insights and techniques.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Surprising Facts About Leadersp. 1
A Short Book on a Large Topicp. 2
What Is a Leader?p. 3
Room for Us Allp. 4
Leadership as Service to Othersp. 6
Where Do Leaders Come From?p. 7
A Menu of Choices for Leadership Developmentp. 8
Assessing Your Leadership Tendencies and Personality Traitsp. 11
The Assessmentp. 12
Your Scorep. 18
Expressing Leadership Visionp. 21
Where Does Vision Come From?p. 22
Generating Ideasp. 24
The Personal Risks of Expressing a Visionp. 28
Visionary Actionsp. 29
Leadership by Listeningp. 33
The Art of Leadership Listeningp. 35
Why Leaders Often Fail to Listenp. 40
Keys to Improved Listeningp. 42
What Leaders Gain by Improved Listeningp. 43
Leadership by Building Relationships and Teamsp. 47
Set Aside the Easy Answersp. 48
Why Do Certain Types of People Bug You?p. 49
Making Leadership Sense Out of Personality Differencesp. 52
Using Nonverbal Signals to Revolutionize Your Leadership Relationshipsp. 53
The Importance of Truthfulness for Leaders and Team Membersp. 60
Leadership by Defining Problems and Reaching Solutionsp. 67
Are You a Theory X or a Theory Y Leader?p. 68
Do You Practice Leadership by Getting Mad?p. 70
Do You Walk the Talk?p. 71
Do You Play Fair with Your People?p. 72
Are You an Ego-Leader or a Servant-Leader?p. 73
Leadership by Motivatingp. 75
The Shrinking Power of Money as a Motivatorp. 76
The Involvement Factorp. 77
Committing to the Involvement Factorp. 86
Leadership by Delegating Tasks and Responsibilitiesp. 89
"Lone Wolf" Leadersp. 89
Shared Leadershipp. 90
Leadership by Managing Conflictp. 97
The S.O.P.p. 98
Language That Encourages Conflict Resolutionp. 102
Learning to Fight the Feelingp. 103
Leading in the Face of Personal Crisisp. 104
Preventing Burnout for Team Membersp. 108
Leadership by Supporting and Empowering Participationp. 115
Participation in Meetingsp. 116
Leading Team Members to Think Wellp. 122
Leading by Supporting Team Knowledgep. 125
Helping Team Members Respect and See Beyond the Boxp. 128
Indexp. 135
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We have tried to write a book you will want to read. You should not have to accept boredom on your way to becoming a skilled leader. To make sure that important points stand out, we have highlighted a series of 69. key insights as they occur in the chapters. To help you gather your thoughts, we have included a brief summary at the end of each chapter. Above all, we have provided space from time to time in the book for you to record your own experiences, insights, impressions, and questions. These are the "Your Turn" features that distinguish this book from most on your shelf. We envision a partnership of sorts in which we do our best to express current, crucial ideas about leadership and you do your best to respond personally and meaningfully to these ideas. Out of such a partnership, we believe; comes the real value of this book: your opportunity for fast-track development as a leader. We consider your purchase of this book a privileged invitation for us to participate, however briefly, in your growth as a leader. We accept that privilege with deep seriousness and have worked hard to deliver a book that will serve you well.

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