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Essentials The Proven Path of Effective Leadership
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Publisher:  Seize Your Life, Inc. Type: 


Copyright:  2007 ISBN-13:  9780975453742

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Essentials The Proven Path of Effective Leadership
Seize Your Life

Ready, Set, Lead!

There is nothing so profoundly linked to your success as your ability to lead others. Dr. Parrott cuts through the tangled mass of cutting-edge leadership research, extracts the most meaningful parts, and lays them out for you in actionable and easily implemented steps that will ensure your success. This masterful guide to effective leadership illustrates the essential skills you need to deal successfully with the realities while avoiding the common pitfalls of getting work down through other people.

The first book in the five volume Essentials series empowers you to:

Essential 1 - Take responsibility for your development.

Essential 2 - Make and implement decisions.

Essential 3 - Identify values that make work meaningful.

Essential 4 - Lead true to your best!

You are good at what you do, be it sales, technical work, managing clients, or care giving. You are passionate about it.  Therefore the logic goes, you will be good at leading and managing a team in doing that same work.

However, succeeding on your own as an expert and leading and managing a team are two different jobs.  The first may be your natural gift; the second you may find ackward and challenging.

For most people, the first experience of leading and managing a team is disconcerting.  There is a reason for this.  You experience an identity crisis as you take on the roles and rigors of leading a team. What worked before doesn't work anymore. Personal effort and expertise used to be your ticket to success.  Now you succeed or fail on the quality of work produced by other people.  Your assignment is to accomplish the tasks through team members.

Ready... Set... Lead!

This book will improve your ability to lead. It is filled with solid ideas and practical steps. Essentials is a proven path of effective leadership. It will teach you the essentials of thinking and acting as the leader of your team.

- You will learn to seize daily leadership opportunities.
- You will learn how leaders overcome discouragement.
- You will learn how to develop your leadership abilities.
- You will learn thre principles for increasing your effectiveness.
- You will learn the habits of good leaders.
- You will learn what to do next to build the business you envision.
- You will learn why clear values are essential to your success.
- You will learn to increase your inner strength
- You will learn about the power of your quiet agenda.

This book will help you understand and utilize the secret of good leadership: Bring your true and best to leadership every day.  That's what your team, your business and your organization needs.  That is what will make you a good leader. To bring your true and best to life and leadership, you will be 1) a realistic leader, 2) an effective leader, 3) a reflective leader, and 4) an authentic leader.Dr. Parrott also developed a leadership seminar series call ESSENTIALS: The Proven Path of Effective Leadership.

Find information on Dr. Parrott's Essentials Leadership Seminars at:

When you make a leadership decision, you don't know if it is "right" or "wrong." Only time will tell. Leadership decisions are judged when results are in and others judge the decision in the clear light of day. Arrogant leaders are reticent to seek the wisdom of others, quick to blame when things go wrong,and unwilling or unable to learn from their own experience.

Because arrogant leaders always want to appear right, they do not have the courage to tell the truth or wisdom to keep their promises. For fear of being accused of making a "bad" decision, they cover their tracks with deceit or blame. Arrogant leaders avoid being exposed by conveniently forgetting what they promised others, and leaving their colleagues and team members hanging in the wind.

Effective leadership is a matter of increasing your leadership wisdom. Leadership decisions cannot be boxed into "right" or "wrong," but form a continuum from "wise" to "foolish." Wise decisions are better decisions. All of the important decisions you make will be based on uncertainties and partial information as well as conflicting needs and priorities. It "PenZon this and PenZon that."

You can develop competence and overcome your arrogance as you learn how to use the PenZon Principle. When you increase your wisdom, you will make better decisions. You increase your effectiveness as you develop the ability to make "smart guesses," a phrase used by Daniel Goleman in the book Primal Leadership.

In a PenZon situation, a "smart guess" is often the best decision you can make. These decisions may look like a leap of faith to others, but it is the ability to go beyond the facts, or lack of facts. It is more than a guess; it is the combination of experience, thoughtful reflection, and intuition. It is practical wisdom. Leaders have the capacity to grow in practical wisdom.

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