Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Business & Investing: The Leader's Checklist: 15 Mission-Critical Principles

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The Leader's Checklist: 15 Mission-Critical Principles
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From the award-winning author of The Leadership Moment comes a definitive checklist to help today’s leaders act decisively when it counts the most.

In this fast-reading and illuminating book, world-renowned leadership expert Michael Useem provides 15 guiding principles that form the core of the Leader’s Checklist. He helps you to personalize your checklist to the unique needs and demands of your organization. To demonstrate the power of the Leader’s Checklist, Useem examines accounts of extraordinary leadership, including the triumphant rescue of 33 miners in Chile.

Based on solid research and years of leadership development work with a wide array of companies and organizations in the United States and abroad, The Leader’s Checklist will help you develop your ability to make good and timely decisions in unpredictable and stressful environments—for those moments when leadership really matters.

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2090 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2011-06-21
  • Released on: 2011-06-21
  • Format: Kindle eBook
  • Number of items: 1

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5In the tradition of Peter Drucker
By Timothy Walker
Written by Wharton School professor Michael Useem (The Leadership Moment), this brief booklet advances the idea that "effective leadership can be learned", benefiting "from an approach built upon specific guiding principles that... create a clear road map for navigating any situation." Rich with recent research and military metaphors, The Leader's Checklist: 15 Mission-Critical Principles can be read start to finish in under an hour, but its lessons should be considered and applied for a lifetime. Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
3Guiding principles for leaders
By John Gibbs
Leadership benefits from an approach built upon specific guiding principles that, taken together, create a clear road map for navigating any situation, according to Michael Useem in this book. The author then proceeds to enumerate the fifteen principles which he has distilled from a number of sources and from his own experience over many years.

As the author indicates, pilots follow a checklist before commencing take-off in an aeroplane, and surgeons follow a checklist before commencing surgery. However, in my view it is stretching the analogy too far to say that leaders should follow a checklist before leading. Pilots and surgeons follow checklists because they have to perform a large number of important but repetitive tasks, and the mundane nature of those tasks can lead to one accidentally being forgotten. Leaders typically deal with unstructured problems for which no predefined list of steps is available.

Nonetheless, in my view the list of fifteen principles which the author has provided are useful for evaluation of leaders, or self-evaluation and reflection. For example, the principles include "articulate a vision", "think and act strategically", "act decisively", and "build leadership in others". In my view it is useful for a leader to reflect periodically on how well each of these tasks is being performed.

There are many different opinions on what leadership is, and how a leader should behave. Some think that a good leader should engage in hundreds of key actions, whereas others think that only a few actions are necessary. In my opinion the list of principles distilled by the author is a good one, well worth consideration by any leader. Particular emphasis is placed on the last principle, "place common interest first", which is described as the most vital of all leadership principles.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Not great, but not bad...
By Sonja Askew
As someone who is faced daily with leadership challenges, I was looking for something that wasn't too 'wordy' or dense that I could just dip into for inspiration every now and again when I had a spare five minutes!

This book didn't disappoint although, for a Kindle book, it's quite expensive. Also, I would have probably preferred more breadth rather than depth as I've read a lot of leadership books, and just need reminding of the fundamentals (as well as a few new ideas!) which is why, although I rate this book very highly - I still loved Gary Vurnum's more punchy Transformational Leadership: 92 Tips For Using The Different Types Of Leadership To Identify Leadership Traits That Uncover Your Leadership Strengths which is also half the price of this book. I'm my opinion, you should just get both and you'll have everything covered!

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