Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118551869
  • ISBN-13: 9781118551868
  • DDC: 658.4
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 320 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The transition from management to leadership is harder than most expect. A new leader must master new skills. Perhaps none is important than the ability to have conversations that lead to high individual, team and organizational performance. What conversations lead to success, and how can leaders ensure they are effective? Leadership Conversations changes the conversations leaders have with their people and is the ultimate guide to organizational leadership. Leaders must learn to ask great questions and listen to the answers, create a culture that values learning more than what people already know, drive innovation, and focus on the big picture. Leadership Conversations is a practical guide to achieving these goals and focuses on four conversations every leader must master. Conversations to Build Relationships: how to master the emotional intelligence needed for effective leadership, embrace differences to engage followers, and foster genuine transparency and honesty. Conversations to Make Decisions: how to integrate facts and people. Key tips are provided on developing good judgment, empowering choice, the importance of curiosity, and learning what you don't know—but need to—to make good decisions. Conversations to Take Action: how to develop vision, allocate resources, and measure performance. How to avoid assumptions and draw followers into action rather than directing them to perform. Finally, how to learn from failure and success. Conversations to Develop Others: How to drive long-term growth and build a foundation for success. How to mentor and recognize people, lead high-potential managers, and celebrate their success. The book concludes with a personal action plan. Based on the skills of its authors, and including stories of successful leaders from the authors' extensive contacts, Leadership Conversations is required reading for leaders at any level.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
Preface: Are You Having Leadership Conversations?.
1: The High-potential Challenges.
2: Do You Really Want to Be a Leader?.
3: What Blend of Management and Leadership Mindsets Is Best?.
4: Have You Had Leadership Conversations Today?.
5: Where Do You Stand on the Leadership Ladder?.
6: Conversations to Build Relationships.
7: Learn the New Rules.
8: Your Relationships Define You.
9: Know Your Strengths and Their Shadows.
10: People Aren't Machines.
11: Don't Let Them Assume They Know What You're Thinking.
12: Embrace Differences.
13: Conversations to Develop Others.
14: The Battle for Talent.
15: The Challenge of Leading Other High Potentials.
16: Conversations You Must Have.
17: What Gets in Your People's Way?.
18: Recognition—Making It All Worthwhile.
19: Conversations to Make Decisions.
20: Develop Your Judgment Gene.
21: What You Know Is Irrelevant.
22: Be Curious—Ask Great Questions.
23: If You Can't Change, Retire.
24: Conversationsto Takeaction.
25: Moving Smoothly Into Action.
26: Planning Successful Actions.
27: When Things Change.
28: Lessons from Success and Failure.
29: Inspiring People in Turbulent Times.
30: Your Leadership Conversations.
31: Conversations at the Top.
32: Conversations for Executive Leaders.
33: Conversations for Managers of Managers.
34: Conversations for First-Line Managers.
35: Your Personal Action Plan.
About the Authors.