THE ART OF WINNING COMMITMENT (10 Ways Leaders Can Engage Minds, Hearts, and Spirits)
By: Dick Richards
Published by: AMACOM
Hardcover, 209 Pages
Leadership theories abound. Any given year sees dozens of new books revealing the leadership secrets of well-known executives, with the promise that these same approaches can transform your business into a comparable powerhouse. And while the profits and market shares of those organizations are admirable and worth striving for, your company is unique. Your mission is unique. Your people are unique. In short, what works for “everybody” may not work for you.
As a leader, then, you’ve got to find new, better ways to win the minds, hearts, and spirits of your people. They are skilled and dedicated professionals, but they are also something more, and it takes something bigger, deeper, than standard-issue business leadership to engage them fully.
The Art of Winning Commitment supplies a fresh perspective. It breaks free of the usual formula of presenting case studies and best practices from the insular world of business. Instead, the book looks outside the realm of business – to education, religion, the military, politics, social services, the arts, and more – for its potent, original leadership ideas.
Based on in-depth interviews with an eclectic group of 20 thoughtful, articulate, and successful leaders, The Art of Winning Commitment identifies ten crucial competencies leaders must master to win extraordinary commitment from others and inspire them to devote their energy to a common purpose. You’ll learn about:
· Adopting a Vision from Dawn Gutierrez, executive director of the New Way Learning Academy. Within ten years of taking over, she was able to double the school’s enrollment, triple its staff, purchase the building, and significantly improve its programs and business operations.
· The Personal Narrative from Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected chief of the Cherokee Nation and a champion in the first against stereotyping and prejudice. Mankiller’s leadership genius stems from the seamless congruence between what she says and how she lives her life.
· The Art of Hope from Pat Croce, former president of the Philadelphia 76ers. Croce engineered one of the most dramatic turnarounds in sports history, taking the struggling, low-ranking basketball team to the NBA playoff finals in 2001. that’s optimism at work!
· Beliefs in Practice from Vincent Francia, three-time mayor of Cave Creek, Arizona, a town that prides itself on being “too tough to govern.” Francia “keeps the peace” by drawing on Buddhist practices, including mindful listening and right sppech
· And more
By covering the full spectrum of intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of leadership, the Art of Winning Commitment will help you achieve and more profound level of commitment than you ever thought possible.