The Inspiring Leader by John Zenger, Joseph Folkman, and Scott Edinger
By Elizabeth A. Bert
In today’s tough economic environment, organizations are being tasked to do more, at turbo warped speed, with depleted resources and stressed employees. Combined with the unknown future, how do businesses keep employees focused and working on the right things at their full potential? Performance thought-leaders John Zenger, Joseph Folkman and Scott Edinger believe they have uncovered the “secret sauce” to achieve business results.
Within the author’s latest book, “The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate”, they have impressively answered the question. Through an extensive study with over 20,000 managers, empirical data revealed that leaders who possessed the ability to motivate outperformed all others; clearly supporting the correlation between the ability of leaders to be inspiring and business results.
The most powerful teachable moment for readers is the authors’ decision to address the “pink elephant in the room” being ignored or dismissed in most corporations. The notion that if you want to become more inspirational, you have to become more comfortable with emotions, feelings, and moods. Too often, leaders overlook the “soft” side of business, and their subordinates, departments, and organizations suffer because of it.
As more leaders in this disruptive business environment focus on generating results, this book explains how and why leaders should inspire others to help them achieve those results. This is an informative handbook chock-full of real-world experiences. . It discusses the seven behaviors exhibited by the most successful leaders plus practical advice and specific actions to help leaders develop strategies and concepts used by the world’s greatest leaders to motivate and inspire teams to greatness. To this end, I will add this book to my leadership tool-chest and plan to add it to my recommended reading list for my clients.
Elizabeth A. Bert is a certified professional coach who challenges current thinking and offers new insights to achieve peak productivity, accelerate innovation and boost bottom – line results.