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The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  196 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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 July 25th 2002)
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Jul 02, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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..
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Mar 24, 2016 Paul W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, leadership
An insightful assessment of the competencies required for effective leadership.
A key message in the book is that when assessing performance the focus should be on reinforcing strengths rather than on weaknesses (except in the case of "fatal flaws"). This insight contrasts with the approach adopted, until recently, in most performance assessment processes.
However the book also has a number of inconsistencies and challenges.
The authors criticise, rightly, as "patently ridiculous" assessing leaders
Feb 18, 2016 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who leads or wants to lead.
This book is being used as a textbook for my organization's leadership training program. It's an excellent research-driven investigation of what makes a great leader and what bad or good leaders can do to become great.

There are some familiar insights like build on your strengths and leaders are made, not born. However, there were a lot of new insights for me as well:
1. Great leaders are secure enough to hire companions who are as good or better than them.
2. Great is a huge difference from good.
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
Christopher Gohman
Want to learn about yourself and how you can be a leader in the workplace? This book is for you. Combined with personality and emotional intelligence indocators, it really helped me develop my world-view for the work place and how I can be an effective leader
Jan 25, 2016 Samuel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, so. A few interesting points, but too much repeating the same ideas over and over. Also, I dislike those "the N bullet points to achieve X " sections
Apr 04, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  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.
May 23, 2011 Darice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2013 Cora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous resource for leadership development.
Oct 24, 2013 Nitin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in parts. Found it useful
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