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The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In their bestselling work The Extraordinary Leader, performance thought leaders John Zenger and Joseph Folkman revealed the 16 key competencies that separate the top 10 percent of leaders from the rest. Since that book's publication, they and coauthor Scott Edinger discovered, through an extensive study conducted over four years, that leaders who possessed the ability to i ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published April 7th 2009)
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May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely fabulous leadership book, and the principles taught are very applicable outside of the workplace as well.
Jill Mcfarland-wedding
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nothing new here in terms of new ideas to approach for leadership in general. It was a good read and presented some common sense thoughts in the form of good examples and real life applications. I think that the biggest take away for me from this book is that the behavior you model both in the office and in after hours activities where your subordinates may be in attendance (Christmas Parties, etc.) will set the tone for the office attitudes and behaviors. Mind your activities where other co-wor ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book that takes a soft concept and leverages hard data/science to show why this skill is important, and how to capitalize on your own unique skills to be more inspiring.There is no one right way to do this; inspriation comes in all forms. Find your own flavor, and use companion behaviors to magnify them. A must read for anyone who needs to inspire others, and wants to know themself better.
Jack Bandy
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid foundational leadership book.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While there are many aspects to leadership, Zenger, Folkman, and Edinger focus on one of the key competencies…inspiration. The authors concretely approach the topic by demonstrating the power of inspiration through studies and empirical evidence. They assert that inspired leaders create positive business outcomes and that inspiration works best when it has an end goal or purpose. They also state that inspiration is seldom one thing, but rather it is the combination of many behaviors by the leade ...more
Paul W
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business, leadership
Following on from The Extraordinary Leader, the authors outline that the ability to inspire and motivate is a powerful predictor of being perceived as an extraordinary leader. They also argue that it is what people look for in a leader, and is highly correlated with employee engagement.
Adopting a universalist approach, the authors outline six behaviours to inspire and motivate people: 1) setting stretch goals; 2) creating vision and direction; 3) communicating powerfully; 4) developing people; 5
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
An illuminating study of inspirational leadership

In every type of organization and in every culture, people want to follow leaders who motivate them to achieve difficult goals. In The Extraordinary Leader, the authors’ previous, highly acclaimed book, John H. Zenger, Joseph R. Folkman and Scott K. Edinger examined the 16 core competencies that distinguish superior leaders from merely good ones. In this new work, they employ statistical data and empirical evidence to prove conclusively what peop
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I think all leaders strive to truly inspire those around them, but some do it better, and more naturally, than others. Zenger breaks down how to change how you motivate yourself and others to achieve great results. I found some really good takeaways to share with the team and some nice reflection for myself. Mainly common sense ideas for leading people, but useful for new leaders, or those leaders looking to change their styles.
Chris Hansen
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a rehash of leadership basics we learned in the Infantry Officer Basic Course in 1985. I do wish though that leaders in industry who did not have the good privilege to attend take up this book and implement it. Lead from the front, take blame and pass credit, be accountable, take appropriate risk - are all fundamental to leadership - and far too uncommon in corporate life.
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its a really amazing book
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