12 Steps to Power Presence
How to Assert Your Authority to Lead
Author: John Baldoni
Pub Date: April 2010
Print Edition: $9.95
Print ISBN: 9780814416914
Page Count: 68
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e-Book ISBN: 9780814416921
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Are leaders born, or made? And what’s the single most important quality a real leader should possess? Philosophers and management theorists have endlessly debated—and just as endlessly written about—these subjects for centuries. Finally, here’s a book that cuts to the chase.
In 68 of the most succinct, no-punches-pulled pages you’ll ever read, acclaimed author-speaker-coach John Baldoni maintains that “leadership presence” is a form of communication that can be learned, and then provides the hows and the whys of learning it.
He starts by defining what genuine leadership presence is, and discusses right and wrong ways to demonstrate leadership taken from real-life examples. Baldoni explains how to communicate your objectives in ways that encourage people to buy into the process—even if it includes tough subjects like layoffs, closures, and terminations. Along the way he adds some provocative comments on the importance of ethical actions in tough times as well as good—including why merely thinking good thoughts and voicing good intentions are never enough.
12 Steps to Power Presence shares some of the subtler aspects of leadership, including how to:
• Avoid the pitfalls of “analysis paralysis”
• Deliver bad news in a way that does the least harm for company morale—and your reputation
• Instill genuine pride in your team members for their own work and the company so that pride doesn’t turn into arrogance
• Provide “upward coaching,” and learn why sharing your insights with your boss is good not only for him or her but also for the entire company
And, in a section that’s both amusing and practical, Baldoni provides reasons why appearance does matter and how to enhance yours without succumbing to the “empty suit” syndrome. The bottom line: 12 Steps to Power Presence contains everything you need to fulfill your leadership potential and become the leader you want to be—and your team needs you to be.
John Baldoni is the president of Baldoni Consulting, LLC, and author of eight books on leadership, including Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up and Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results, both published by AMACOM Books.
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