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.
I bought the audio version hoping to learn some new tactics. The book reads more like a motivational book than an informative one. Cheers!
I willed myself to pull the content from what I was hearing. The reader's style and performance was displeasing to my ears, brain, and sensibilities. I did not complete the book as an audio book; instead, I will read it offline (the old fashioned way). I will have to work very hard to shake the narrator's condescending communication style from my internal "reading voice."