Best Leadership Books of 2012

Leading Blog

T HE WAYS we have thought about leadership have not always served us well. We have tended to think of leadership as something outside and above the rest. If leadership isn’t among, it will let us down. We have become mired in the organizational processes that are no longer relevant to the world we live in. What is your approach to leadership? How has your leadership style changed? The list below represents our picks for the best leadership books of 2012.

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The September 2012 Leadership Development Carnival NFL Kick-off Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

So with apologies to those who don't share this passion, I present to you the September 2012 Leadership Development Carnival, NFL Kick-off Edition. I asked each leadership blogger to give me their favorite NFL team. The Patriots seem to be the leadership blogger's team of choice.

Trending Sources

The May, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the May edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! A blog "Carnival" is typically a collection of recent blog posts organized around a common theme, in this case, leadership development. She's also been a consistent Twitter supporter of Great Leadership.

The Secret Sauce of Process Improvement


A colleague from a different department recently asked me, “When does this process improvement stop?”. Second ingredient in this sauce is involvement of practitioners in defining and implementing improvements/processes. While job of improvement task force is to facilitate improvements, the real improvements should come from people who execute processes – your team members, middle managers, client facing teams and support groups. Processes are tools that make people effective.

Purpose Precedes Process


If process is a vehicle, purpose is the compass. Purpose gives a definite direction to processes. Most system implementation or change initiatives focus enough on the P-P-T – People, process and technology and somewhere along the lines, the focus on purpose blurs. Being “process oriented” is definitely an asset, unless that is the only thing you are focusing on. If you constantly teach/propagate processes to your people, they would comply at the least.

Thriving Through Processes

Leadership Freak

Organizations without processes never thrive. Effective and efficient processes create platforms that enable, enhance, and evaluate both individual and organizational performance. What’s your systematic process for achieving breakthroughs, living transparently, and solving problems, for example? Powerful processes: Eliminate drama. Prevent distractions. Focus talent. Instill confidence. Expedite efficiencies. Establish measures. ** John M.

8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

If you are in any doubt that collaborative leadership is an imperative, and not just a fad, take a look at any of the 22 articles in the Harvard Business Review series on collaboration. In their 2012 global workforce study, Towers Watson found 46% of workers are not engaged.

Leadership and Self-Awareness

N2Growth Blog

If you’re in a position of leadership and don’t feel you have any blind spots, you’re either very naïve or very arrogant. Leadership isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. If you don’t know how to nuance your leadership skills you will simply miss opportunities others won’t.

Why Your Leadership Is Overrated

N2Growth Blog

How are your leadership skills? There’s no shortage of independent empirical data generated over the years supporting the fact most people tend to overrate their leadership ability. I’ve always said leaders need to get over themselves and get on to the practice of leadership.

The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership

Leading Blog

Gary Burnison considers leadership to be a privilege. Most people like the idea of leadership but few count the cost. He offers a framework based on fundamental human truths and the essential elements of leadership. Leadership is an all-in proposition.

Leadership Influence the Go-Giver Way

C-Level Strategies

But as someone who often writes about the critical importance of a “giving” approach in leadership and business, I fully connect with Bob Burg’s “ go- giver ” theory. This is leadership. The Introvert's Guide to Success in Business and Leadership.

Agility in Process Improvement Initiatives


The famous 80:20 rule applies to process improvement initiative as well. In my book #QUALITYtweet , I wrote: #QUALITYtweet The first step of your process improvement journey is to know what really needs improvement. Related Posts at QAspire: - Improvement: Show Them The Results - 7 Steps For Customer Centric Process Improvement - The Secret Sauce of Process Improvement - Great Story: Improvement and Tending the Garden.

Leadership And Making Choices

N2Growth Blog

Choice ; it’s a simple, yet critical aspect of leadership. Academics and business theorists often gloss over the basics of leadership preferring to trivialize their importance. At its essence, leadership isn’t a job – it’s a choice.

The Six-Question Process

Marshall Goldsmith

The Six-Question Process for coaching is an approach that I have seen work consistently well with executives. This process has produced measurable change in effectiveness (as evaluated by direct reports) with four CEOs that I have personally coached. If executives view coaching as a complex and time-consuming process, they won’t do it! Fortunately direct reports (at the executive level) seldom want or need coaching to be a time-consuming process.

The Process is as Important as the Product: 7 Tips to Manage Both

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

If they had involved wide representation of management and front-line workers during the earlier planning process, their people would have joined them on the journey from the beginning. 7 tips to manage for both results and process. Remember to have patience with process.

2012 Best Books on Leadership, Innovation and Strategy


It’s the season for lists and as 2012 begins to wind down, we thought we’d review what we’ve read this year and put together a list of our own. If you haven’t there’s still time left in 2012 to dig into these great books. Leadership. The world is a busy place, especially for those in leadership. The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes & Barry Posner. This is the quintessential book on leadership with loads of empirical support.

QAspire Blog 2012: Essential Posts Redux


2012 was a fantastic year. 2012 also bought me the recognition amongst “ Top 20 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media (at #4) ” by Society of Human Resources Management, SHRM India. January 2012 : What We Need The Most in 2012? It is process.

10 Essential Leadership Models

Great Leadership By Dan

While there have been thousands of books written about leadership, there are a handful of leadership models that have served me well as a leader and leadership development practitioner. These are the tried and true models that have shifted my thinking about leadership and help create teachable leadership moments for others. Situation Leadership. I say Blanchard, but that’s because they follow @Great Leadership. (-: 2. Servant Leadership.

Reasons to Embrace Business Process Management

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development There is no question that in today’s volatile economy, extreme business-cycle fluctuations can occur often. With proper business process management implementation, you’ll have the ability to manage an array of business changes that constantly transpire. Leadership Development BPM process management

The March 2012 Leadership Development Carnival Going Green Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the March 4th, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival Going Green Edition. There's a lot 'o good reading here, so why not pour a mug of your favorite green beverage and take in a wee bit of leadership development. Leadership is about knowing when to let others go first.

Food For Thought – April 2012


Chris Guillebeau thinks, “ It’s Not the Process, It’s Not the End Result, It’s the Act of Making Things ”. Great Quotes Random Musings Round Ups Self Growth great quotes Leadership Round Up self development thought provoking questionsFrom a number of GREAT bloggers and authors I read, here are a few snippets of thought provoking insights – straight from my feed reader. Note: Important take-aways marked in bold+ italics. Michael Wade on “ What Managers Can Learn from Novelists ”.

The July 2012 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the July 2012 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! If you just happened to stumble accross this blog for the first time, here's the deal: I maintain a distribution list of over 75 leadership development bloggers who I've gotten to know over the last five years.

The Four Leadership Traits of Highly Collaborative Leaders

Leading Blog

Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese report in The Collaboration Imperative , that there are four leadership traits of highly collaborative leaders: They focus on authentic leadership and eschew passive aggressiveness. Collaboration taps in to a broader pool of ideas.

12 Reads for 2012


In that spirit, we’ve compiled 12 books we feel every leader or aspiring leader should commit to read, or re-read in 2012. The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. The single must-read book on leadership. Do not let 2012 pass without reading this book. The only psychologist to win the Nobel Prize in Economics provides a stimulating perspective of the decision making process and the rational model of judgment.

5 Leadership Roles To Get Your Team Walking Through Brick Walls

Terry Starbucker

The Contextualizer - Great teams always know the “why” behind every strategy, tactic, and process – and it’s up to the leader to deliver that critical context, as the decisions are being made, and with as much candor and transparency as possible. Leadership

7 Impractical Leadership Principles and Why I Use Them

Ron Edmondson

Honestly, good leadership isn’t always practical. Here are 7 impractical leadership principles I practice: I don’t meet alone with the opposite sex – Unless there is someone else in the office, I don’t meet with females alone. I realize it slows down the process.

8 Essential Principles of Effective Leadership

Leading Blog

He writes in The Shaping of an Effective Leader : Our understanding of leadership does not come to us all at once. Leadership development is a process. The implementation of these eight principle will have a profound impact on your leadership: The Necessity of Character. The formation of our character creates predictability to our leadership. Effective leadership is built on moral authority grounded in character.

Leadership Development and Succession Planning: Critical New Wisdom

C-Level Strategies

This is because strong leadership is a competitive advantage in today’s global environment of uncertainty, complexity and swift change. As a result, leadership development and succession planning are more critical than ever. Create a Leadership Development Vision and Mission.

A Navigational Guide To 6 Paradoxes of Leadership

Terry Starbucker

There are six in particular that need some keen navigation: 1) Process vs. Innovation – On the surface this looks more like a huge battle; the free thinking forces that love chaos and drive change, against the system-driven processors who thrive on order and repetition. Leadership

Putting the human back in human resources

The Organized Executive's Blog

Develop leadership at all levels. Leadership is more than just a title or status; it reflects a person’s innate desire to have a positive impact on people. Recognize that leadership is an essence that exists in all your employees, not just upper management or the C-suite.

How to Expand Your Leadership Capacity

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post By Brian Gast : What’s your leadership capacity? It took getting fired to wake up and realize that I was not going to sustain effective leadership by relying on an MBA and my natural talent. Such conditions test your leadership capacity.

3 Suggestions for a Leadership Transition

Ron Edmondson

The initial momentum a new leader may have can be jeopardized by the environment created during the opening days of his or her leadership tenure. I realize there is tension and apprehension with any change of leadership. Related posts: 5 Suggestions for Tennessee Titans Leadership Now.

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Leaders: Stop Trying to Be Efficient

N2Growth Blog

It’s important to remember leadership is a people business, and people are messy. Leadership has little to do with how neat and tidy things are, but everything to do with how successful you are at scaling effectiveness. Efficient process can enable effective resource utilization.

Leadership and integrity

Lead on Purpose

In his recent post 10 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid at All Costs (on Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership blog ), Enrique Fiallo said the following about the importance of integrity in leadership: There are many things you can lack and still steer clear of danger. Establish a set of sound ethics policies, integrate them into all business processes, communicate them broadly to all employees, and make clear that you will not tolerate any deviation from any of them.

The Art of External Processing in Leadership

Anese Cavanaugh

They’re some of the core qualities of effective empathetic leadership. There is an “art” to external processing. If so, read on… THE POSITIVE INTENTION BEHIND EXTERNAL PROCESSING. THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXTERNAL PROCESSING.

Authentic Leadership Development: Your Past, Present, and Future

Great Leadership By Dan

There’s been a lot written about the concept of “authentic leadership”, that is, being a leader that is comes across as sincere, genuine, and real. Authenticity builds trust, credibility, and inspires – all essential elements of great leadership.

How to Use a Leadership Coach

Next Level Blog

One way to go is to hire an experienced leadership coach that can help you take an objective look at your performance and guide you in the process of making adjustments that will make a positive difference to you, your team and your organization. Don’t have the budget for a leadership coach? Whatever route you choose to go, here are three suggestions to get the most out of working with a leadership coach: Click headline to continue.

Leadership and Resourcing

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’ll look at the topic of resourcing as a key success metric for anyone in a leadership position. The essence of Leadership is not found in doing things yourself, but in teaching others how to do things better than you ever could.

Leadership as Provocative Competence

Leading Blog

Jazz has always been a good metaphor for the art of leadership. Barrett wants us to look at leadership differently and increase our leadership repertoire beyond hierarchical models, “so that we more fully appreciate the power of relationships.” Barrett says “Leadership as a design activity means creating space so that people will be tempted to grow on their own.”. Fifth, provocative competence involves analogic sharpening of perspectives and thought processes.

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Do Extroverts Have an Advantage in Political Campaigns?

C-Level Strategies

Now, I mention in my eBook, “ The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership ,” that it’s important to get out of our comfort zone in order to advance in business. The Introvert's Guide to Success in Business and Leadership.