Mastering Self-Leadership : Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-04
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Mastering Self-Leadership is a comprehensive self-help guide that is thoroughly grounded in sound principles and research. It effectively addresses the most interesting subject you will ever encounter - yourself. If you want to be more effective in your work and life, this book is for you. Mastering Self-Leadership provides powerful advice and the tools for leading yourself to personal excellence. This updated fourth edition contains many exciting new additions, including: informative sidebars written by experts in the field; a new chapter that examines how individual differences impact self-leadership in practice; expanded coverage of "purpose" and the regulation of emotions; and original cases and inspiring examples of individuals using self-leadership to improve their lives. This landmark book offers a practical perspective that should serve as the foundation for the study of management and is based on a simple yet revolutionary principle: First learn to lead yourself, and then you will be in a solid position to effectively lead others. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., is a nationally known motivational speaker, consultant, and author. He has been quoted extensively in numerous international outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He has published over 80 articles and five books. Some of his other books include: Fit to Lead: The Proven 8-Week Solution for Shaping Up Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Career (2004, St. Martin's Press), and Medicine for the Mind: Healing Words to Help You Soar (1997, McGraw-Hill). He is currently an Associate Professor of Management at Arizona State University. Charles C. Manz, Ph.D., is the Nirenberg Chaired Professor of Business Leadership in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Formerly a Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, he is a speaker, consultant, and best-selling author of over 200 articles and scholarly papers and 20 books including Fit to Lead, The New SuperLeadership, The Power of Failure, Foreword Magazine's best book-of-the-year Gold Award winner Emotional Discipline, and Stybel-Peabody National Book prize-winning SuperLeadership. His clients have included 3M, Ford, Xerox, General Motors, PG, American Express, the Mayo Clinic, Banc One, the U.S. and Canadian governments, and many others.

Table of Contents

Student Reviewsp. v
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the Authorsp. xv
The Journeyp. 1
Leadershipp. 1
Sources of Leadershipp. 2
We All Lead Ourselvesp. 2
Self-Leadershipp. 4
Mapping the Routep. 6
External Factorsp. 7
Personal Factorsp. 7
We Do Choosep. 8
Rough Roads, Detours, and Roadblocksp. 12
World-Altering Strategiesp. 15
Self-Imposed Strategiesp. 17
The Case of the Sales Rep Who Neglected to Bring in New Clientsp. 33
Scenic Views, Sunshine, and the Joys of Travelingp. 35
The Natural Rewardsp. 38
What Makes Activities Naturally Rewarding?p. 38
Tapping the Power of Natural Rewardsp. 41
Combining External and Natural Rewardsp. 50
The Case of the External Rewards That Were Just Not Enoughp. 51
Choosing How You Feel: Emotion Regulationp. 52
Travel Thinkingp. 58
Our Psychological Worldsp. 59
Is There Power in Positive Thinking?p. 61
Travel Thinking Continuedp. 68
Imagined Experiencep. 68
Opportunity or Obstacle Thinking: An Examplep. 74
The Case of the Problem Employee That Was All in Her Mindp. 78
Team Self-Leadershipp. 81
Self-Leadership and Teamsp. 82
Behavioral Aspects of Team Self-Leadershipp. 82
Mental Aspects of Team Self-Leadershipp. 83
Team Self-Leadership Still Means Individual Self-Leadershipp. 84
Balancing the "Me" with the "We"p. 87
Reviewing Travel Tales of Previous Journeysp. 94
Self-Leadership Applied to Personal Problemsp. 94
Applications in Athleticsp. 95
Applications in Work/Organizational Situationsp. 96
Uniquely Autonomous Jobsp. 97
Organizational Management Positionsp. 99
Nonmanagement Jobsp. 105
The Destinationp. 110
Self-Leadershipp. 110
A Tale of Self-Leadershipp. 112
The Tale in Perspectivep. 115
Fitness and Self-Leadershipp. 117
What Executives Say About the Importance of Fitnessp. 117
The Impact of Fitness on Job Performancep. 118
Exercise and Diet: The Keys to Fitnessp. 120
Self-Leadership, Fitness, and Personal Effectivenessp. 121
Finding the Path to Uniquenessp. 130
Optimism and Self-Leadershipp. 130
Happiness, Flow, and Self-Leadershipp. 132
Personality and Self-Leadershipp. 134
Emotional Intelligence and Self-Leadershipp. 137
Diversity and Self-Leadershipp. 138
The Journey Completedp. 144
Personal Effectivenessp. 145
Some Additional Thoughtsp. 146
The Tale Continuedp. 150
Epiloguep. 154
Indexp. 156
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