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Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing [Hardcover]

Lee Thayer


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5 April 2004
From his several decades as an executive, and then as mentor and coach to other executives, the author has crafted a unique and comprehensive guide to what's required of the leader of any effort to pursue great achievement, whether individually or organizationally.

The key for the leader (of oneself or others) is how the leader thinks. From that comes who the leader is as a person. And from that comes all of the leader's ways feeling and of doing. This guidebook addresses those indispensable building blocks in an engaging and provocative way. It progresses from how to think about what you will need to think about to the kinds of tools needed to put that nonconventional, sometimes even counter-intuitive, thinking into practice.

Recognizing that you cannot learn leadership from a book, this book of lessons for leaders takes the position similar to that required for learning how to fly. First you learn the basics and the names for things. Then you learn how to make yourself, what you have learned, and the tools you have to work with into a seamless whole. Then you are ready to "solo." But, ultimately, what you have to learn about leadership has to be learned by doing it. This is ancient wisdom for achieving anything worthwhile by your own efforts.

The author has combined his rich experiences with his equally long years of research into this most fascinating, most complex of all human achievements. Bringing the best that has ever been said about leadership and high performance into the realities of exercising that wisdom in the present world is what this one-of-a-kind guidebook offers the would-be leader. Real achievement is impossible without real leadership. This book describes in detail how to put the two together.


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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will challenge your thinking 9 Aug 2008
By Yusuf M. Ali - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the most thought provoking books that i have ever read.
For the first time I understood the concept of necessity and how it drives our performance. I also learned the hard truth that the team you deserve and the results you should have in your life is the one that have NOW....whooops it takes big man(and woman you know what I mean) to handle that. To increase your impact on humanity change your thinking and start with Lee Thayer' "field guide" as he calls. I recommend it very highly

Yusuf Ali
Leadership practitioner in MN
5.0 out of 5 stars No Book Can Make You a Leader. This gets you thinking about what needs thinking. 16 April 2014
By Emeran J. Leonard - Published on Amazon.com
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Habits own us and until we self examine our behaviors driven by our habits you won't get where you want to go. The essence of change is self examination. Not a book you can sit down and read but must take in small increments and refer back to it often. Nothing on leadership even comes close to the practical exercises this book offers. Highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book written by my professor. 14 May 2013
By Ali Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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The contents of this book proviides a very clear description of what leadership really is. Leadership is _not_ a title or a position. Armed with this information, the reader can perceive why there are so manycommunication and strategic difficulties in the workplace: most people who have the titles or hold the position are not actually leading. Read this book, apply the principles in your life and watch it radically change for the better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 10 Dec 2012
By Morans - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent source to jump start your career. It simply puts you in the right state of mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformational! 12 Aug 2012
By S. Pedroso - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a recent technology startup founder here (in my 30's) and I can't tell you how much I've learned from this book. If you think you know what it takes to be a leader, you're probably wrong. This has changed my way of thinking and in many ways, validated the way I do things as an evolving leader and team player. This book is rather long (around 400 pages) and it took me a month to read but it is material you will take with you wherever you go.
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