Review: Title is great! I was very pleased with your emphasis on a new way to develop leadership and the importance of thinking about leadership in a new way. This is very important to me, too. The etymology of leadership and the descriptions of "Real Leadership" are very fine. I like your constant interweaving of storytelling and personal experience throughout the book--it gives it a sense of reality with concrete examples. The central section on "leadership platform" is very interesting and packed with good ideas. Your critiquing of the gap between leadership knowing and leadership doing, together with the challenge to rethink and reframe one's own leadership are first class.
The life-cycle enrichment stage is a good section and I particularly liked the summaries of enrichment stages 3 and 4. I also found helpful the ten keys in the conclusion, as well as the "Navigation Aids" after the conclusion. They are practical, very helpful, and packed with ideas.
I wish you well with your work and hope you receive lots of support. The whole book gives a sense of mission, personal calling, and clearly focused challenge.
Professor Emeritus, Gonzaga University
Author of books on Spiritual Leadership
Summary: An award-winning performance solutions executive shares unusual insights about leadership – and how uncommon methods can significantly improve performance – in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.
SWANSEA, Ill. – The only constant is change, and that’s certainly true in the business world with market globalization, rapid technology proliferation and the explosion of information. And few would question that the only variables that matter are leadership and operating culture when it comes to thriving in this type of environment. Yet in seeming opposition, real leadership remains elusive and the constructive organizational cultures they produce are few and far between. This new book by a seasoned professional with experience spanning forty-one positions in twenty-three organizations, twelve career fields and seven industries focuses on rethinking and reframing long-held notions of potential and performance, helping kindle the coals of personal transformation and strike the spark of organizational change that is truly remarkable.
“Real Leadership! Are You Ready?” distills knowledge gleaned by Richard Dillard, an expert in leadership development, performance and learning solutions, strategic planning, team building and problem solving, business process re-engineering and customer/vendor relationship management. The first part of the book is designed to simply elevate thinking by the introduction of ideas not normally associated with leadership, while the second part challenges readers to adopt a proven process for developing personal and organizational Leadership Platforms: the Leadership Enrichment LIFE-cycle (LEL-c).
Rather than offering “quick fixes” or instant solutions, Dillard cautions that working through the LEL-c with the help of this book will take commitment, time and hard work. But as he highlights, there is no alternative that “…automatically places you or your organization in a position to leverage your platform and produce remarkable results.”
Richard Dillard is a management consultant for Leidos (formerly SAIC) and collaborates professionally with Human Synergistics International, AchieveGlobal®, Corpus Optima and Direct Measures International. Dillard is certified as a project management professional and has a black belt in Six-Sigma improvement methodology. A U.S. Marine Veteran and retired Air Force Reservist, Dillard has both domestic and international experience with successful business turnarounds through organizational and workforce development solutions, earning high marks for his innovative best-shore program design, development and delivery. He and his wife, Stacey, have four daughters and one granddaughter. Dillard is also the author of “CultureIMPACT!™.”
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Real Leadership! Are You Ready?
Dog Ear Publishing
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As Leadership goes, so goes the group, the organization, the nation, et al. Yet in spite of this multi-millennial axiom, and the simple fact that we are the best leadership-educated society in the history of business, our encounters with genuine leaders remain extremely rare. Real Leadership! Are You Ready? examines this perplexing phenomenon and qualifies the principle cause as an unwillingness and/ or inability to take new leadership information and use it to improve our performance. It also provides the solution: a Leadership Enrichment LIFE-cycle (LEL-c) to help individuals and organizations build and sustain durable Leadership Platforms by pursuing the performance waypoints of learning, changing, growing and leading through successful navigation of their emotional connectors: awareness, acceptance, action and achievement. If you are ready to enrich your personal leadership and raise the level of leadership in your organization, this book is for you.
But I caution you ahead of time—this book and its measures of merit are a little different than the typical leadership development offering. It won’t offer instant solutions or allow for a casual engagement by the passive reader. No! It offers much more than that. It offers an active reader the opportunity to develop leadership in a way never before encountered. And all you’ll have to do in order to capitalize on it is reject the notion that reading equals leading. No one becomes a better leader just by reading books about leadership; it doesn't work that way. In fact, reading about leadership over the life of your career no more makes you a leader than standing in a garage over the life of your home makes you a mechanic.
The principal measure of merit for Real Leadership! Are You Ready? is the extent to which it can steal you away from the impersonal and perfunctory activity of building leadership sandcastles (subject to the evening tide) so that you can move toward the personal and thoughtful actions of building Leadership Platforms with firm Footings, solid Foundations and strength-tested Framings. With your commitment and this book as guide, a personal and organizational leadership platform can emerge to actually withstand the world’s difficult tests of time and torrent.
In Part 1, your thinking on leadership will be renewed. In Part 2, you’ll be offered the challenge of adopting the Leadership Enrichment LIFE-cycle. My sincere hope is that you'll take it personally and apply it as the basis for reflecting on yourself as a leader and improving the impact you have on those who choose to follow. Then I hope you’ll use the strength of your personal Leadership Platform to elevate your organization’s Leadership Platform and, ultimately, transform the world through Real Leadership! Are You Ready?