Leadership Isn't for Cowards : How to Drive Performance by Challenging People and Confronting Problems

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-06-26
  • Publisher: Wiley

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A no-nonsense guide to driving performance while still maintaining a great place to work Leadership Isn't For Cowards offers straightforward steps to leading courageously and practical tips for driving performance. Courageous leadership means toughening your approach by being rigorous in the application of your values through the company culture. It means confronting and challenging people, and not letting them get away with being less than you know they can be. The path to courageous leadership has six components: Accept Your Current Circumstances, Take Responsibility, Take Action, Acknowledge Progress, Commit to Lifelong Learning, and Kindle Relationships. These manageable steps include: Identify the area in your business or life where a gap exists between your current reality and your desired reality Align yourself with a person or a group of people who can commit to holding you accountable for closing the gap Make a specific commitment to the outcome(s) you want and assign dates to them With courageous leadership, you'll create a culture and a mindset that encourages and demands excellence! Follow these steps to bring out the best in your employees and lead your company to significant success.

Author Biography

MIKE STAVER is CEO of The Staver Group and provides keynote presentations, executive coaching, consulting, and workshops. His clients have included Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Cisco Systems Inc., Amplifon USA, Med One Capital, Inc., UnionBanc Investment Services, FOCUS Brands, U.S. Department of Defense, Allstate Financial Services, National Association of REALTORS, Mayo Clinic, and more. His work has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Washington Post, Fox News Channel, USA Today, and T+D magazine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
You are Messing with People's Livesp. 1
Do You Know What You Are Doing?p. 3
How Much of an Impact Are You Really Having?p. 7
Are You a Coward?p. 11
Is Culture Overrated?p. 17
Attackp. 23
Accept Your Circumstancesp. 25
How Great Is Denial?p. 27
What Are You Pretending Not to Know?p. 33
Are You Honest?p. 37
What Is Real?p. 43
Where Is Your Focus?p. 47
Take Actionp. 51
Are You Good at Analyzing?p. 53
When Are You Ready?p. 59
How Present Are You?p. 65
Do You Remember a Time when You Hesitated and Lost?p. 71
Are You In, or Aren't You?p. 77
Take Responsibilityp. 83
Want to Responsibly Scare Some People?p. 85
How Much Blame Can You Take?p. 91
What Difference Do You Make?p. 97
What Kinds of Responsibility Are You Taking?p. 101
Are You Truly Free?p. 107
Acknowledge Progressp. 113
How Goal-Driven Are You?p. 115
Are You Too Harsh?p. 121
Are You an Over-Recognizer?p. 127
What, When, and How?p. 133
Are You about Effort or Achievement?p. 139
Commit to New Habitsp. 143
Just How Much Accountability Can One Person Stand?p. 145
Do You Need to Be Committed?p. 151
Just How Different Are You?p. 157
What's That Weight on Your Back?p. 163
Kindlep. 169
Is It Really Just an e-Reader?p. 171
How Are You Feeling?p. 175
Did You Seriously Think That Would Work?p. 181
Do You Ever Notice?p. 187
Ever Given Birth?p. 193
Now What?p. 199
Do You Want To?p. 201
Are You Willing?p. 207
Can You Please Just Get On With It?p. 211
Indexp. 215
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