Leadership Material: How Personal Experience Shapes Executive Presence Paperback – 18 May 2017
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Diana Jones enables you to create a presence wherein others follow you without being asked, people support you with being influenced, and repute is manifest without being forced. Leadership Material is a tour de force for building and sustaining personal impact. (Alan Weiss, PhD author, 'Million Dollar Consulting', and 'Million Dollar Maverick')
Everything you need to know to become an exceptional leader is right here! (Marshall Goldsmith - Thinkers50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World)
Leadership is about people, experience and relationships. Diana's book captures the simplicity of that well. (Steve Tew, CEO, New Zealand Rugby)
Diana Jones hits the nail of challenges and opportunity for leadership on its head. Leadership Material tackles hard topics that can be uncomfortable to deal with, but, are game-changers for any professional looking optimize their influence and accelerate their success. (Karen Post, international branding expert, author of 'Brand Turnaround' and 'Brain Tattoos')
Diana Jones understands that a leader is not just what they do but also who they are when they do it. Presence is an ephemeral concept. Diana is giving it form. (Matt Church, founder Thought Leaders Global)
A refreshing perspective on contemporary teams and relationships, with novel, practical strategies for more effective communication. (Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, author and futurist, founder and CEO of Tech Girls Movement)
The solid analysis, insights, stories, and the practice steps at the end of each chapter help leaders draw the insights they need to build their own effectiveness. (Geoff Dangerfield, QSO, former CEO of NZ Transport Agency)
A must-read for any leader who understands that it is the interpersonal relationships and interactions they promote and support which are their most powerful organizational tools. (Franceska Banga, ONZM, Former Chief Executive of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund)
Diana takes the reader on a multi-dimensional journey to reflect on and to create executive presence, a prerequisite for being a real leader. (Prof. Dr Guido Quelle, Managing Partner, Mandat Consulting Group (Mandat GmbH); Dortmund, London, New York)
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It is refreshing to read a book which looks at emotion instead of concentrating on rationality and logic. Instead, she concentrates of how relationships work, on perception and the importance of language and communication. There are exercises to do, which help you implement the ideas contained in the book, or explore how you can practice them. Overall, I found this a very refreshing approach, which celebrates the individual and includes case studies that I could relate to.
Diana goes on to point out that our own emotional reactions in meetings can spoil our working relationships, limit our acceptance among peers and damage the development of trust. The issue of culture in an organisation coms up in most leadership books these days but here the author points out that leaders and their relationships are a main driver in the establishing of culture, for this reason we must take personal responsibility for culture creation, not delegating it.
Stressing issues like 'changing behaviour is possible' and 'no size fits all' will help you see where she is going with this book, and there is also a great emphasis on personal accountability both in deed and in words.
This book is refreshing and personal. This is not aimed at the leader who wants just to know how to drive his people harder and more efficiently - this is for the leader who realises that personal change is necessary. In my evergrowing shelves of leadership books, this one takes a very important place
While many books or training focuses on managerial methods of structure, firm direction, analysis, numbers and logic, which can be seen as out of touch and irrelevant
The author focuses on more personal method of management. She expands on her personal experience which she has gained over many decades.
The book does cover a vast amount of theories, behavioural science and historical references, but it's far more simple with the main message of compassion and empathy covered simply therefore some of the content is irrelevant and can be simplified in much shorter content. It seems there is a lot of repeated message. There are a lot of the case studies and observations which highlight what we have all seen and experienced in the workplace both as employees and as managers.
For experienced leaders this is a great tool to self analyse, dig deep and evaluate. Sometimes we are set in our own ways and think what we do is best. By having an open mind and placing yourself in the shoes of others we will see the flaws in ourselves. Exercises in this book help in this evaluation.
Once we have a better understanding of ourselves we can then start to appreciate what the employees desire.
People want a sense of belonging and being valued, the empathic and personal approach does work. My director uses this approach (he has not read this book - he is a natural) and I have seen how well this works to create a team and environment where the staff give 100%, loyal and they care. In the line of business we are in and the size of our team, these qualities are essential. The vibe in the team and culture it creates is infectious. New employees are attracted to this also.
Reading the book I can appreciate what the author is saying. I believe this book is essential as a tool for both experienced and new managers. It's a refreshing read over the scientific analytical managerial training manuals. It's a more human side of management.