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by Timothy I. Thomas

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In Leading on Purpose - Sage Advice and Practical Tools for Becoming the Complete Leader, veteran leadership consultants Tim Thomas and Rip Tilden use their experiences, references from established management thinkers to share their advice for people willing to learn to become a better leader. A 'complete leader' is quite ambitious, given the rather basic techniques offered here like situational leadership styles, Maslow's pyramid of needs, active listening, visioning, motivation, providing feedback and seeking win-win solutions in a conflict situation. A fictional 'Frank' talking to his grandmother is the saga part bridging the theory and practice. Leaders are made, not born, and books like these are helpful.
The eight skills elaborated in Leading on Purpose were not new, nor brought me new insights. The book is well-written and indeed touches core competencies of leaders, regardless function names like manager, project manager, supervisor or team lead. Change management viewed throughout the stages of grief paradigm and planned change approach. Just as conflict management and execution may suggest that this can be done by the book. In these cases Frank and his grandma are too shallow characters, your real life cases more complex. Learning and applying can help you on your path from good to great. ( )
  hjvanderklis | Feb 20, 2015 |
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