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The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders

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Presents a program for developing leadership skills - both in your organization and yourself. This title provides an empirical analysis of leadership.
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Published January 24th 2007 by American Media International (first published 2002)
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Fabulous, really fabulous. States and calls for pillars of leadership that build on strengths versus weaknesses (unless they are fatal flaws). loved this, so so true! have incorporated this into my leadership acumen years ago and am still learning. Build on your own and your staff's strengths and diversify, will result in exponentially stronger and greater people, teams, outcomes..
Ron Oltmanns
This is an insightful and useful book on leadership.
Zenger and Folkman have done a lot of field research on leadership and leveraged 360 feedback data to distinguish what people see in their peers and leaders and what makes them forgettable, average or extraordinary. They come up with 16 competencies that matter and five domains that these are grouped within to build a useful leadership model than can be used (and has been) in leadership building efforts within organizations. I recommend this bo
There are five main leadership traits also called tent poles. They are 1.Character 2.Personality Capability 3. Focus on Results 4. Interpersonal Skills 5. Leading Organizational Change
There are 20 main insights in the book: 1. Great leaders make a huge difference, when compared to merely good leaders. 2. One organization can have many great leaders. 3. We have been aiming too low in our leadership development activities. 4. The relationships between improved leadership and increased performance
Apr 04, 2011 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Leaders!
Recommended to Michael by: Mel Tingey
Shelves: business
I definitely recommend this to anyone that really wants to be a leader and a true leader at that! This book goes far beyond just one's employment. I have thought up and hopefully have begun to implement these traits in both my personal and church life. No question I have had many a manager in my life, but can only say that a true leader can be counted on one hand. If you are in a leadership position of any type right now, I highly suggest you read this book and make sure that you really are fulf ...more
I like reading leadership books. They always make me think and reflect on how I am leading my team. The authors break leadership down to five main traits, which they call "tent poles": character, personal capability, focus on results, interpersonal skills, and leading organizational change. Each chapter addresses a different insight and will provide you with reflection and action items to enhance your leadership. An overall solid read. I'm looking forward to reading another book by Zenger/Folkma ...more
If I could have, I would have given this book 3/5 stars. It was a very good management/leadership/business book - a lot of good food for thought.
I appreciate the Zenger Folkman philosophy of building on your strenghts instead of focusing on your weaknesses.
Rick Yvanovich
Leadership can be taught and this book is one step in your journey to piece the leadership puzzle together
A fabulous resource for leadership development.
Read in parts. Found it useful
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