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Leadership Rules: How to Become the Leader You Want to Be

ISBN: 978-0-470-93170-7
176 pages
November 2010, Jossey-Bass
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An inspiring business fable that champions leadership for the Everyman

From bestselling author Chris Widener comes a compelling new story showing what you give and get when you lead. The story follows down-cast protagonist Mike Keller who, recently separated from his wife and demoted at work, must relocate to a rural factory-town in Texas. There, Mike encounters the deep-rooted traditions of Texas high school football, and in the process learns everything business school didn't teach him about leadership from the most influential man in town-the local high school football coach.

  • Highlights the Four Rules of Leadership: You Get What You Expect, You Get What You Model, You Get What You Reward, and You Get What You Work For
  • Advises readers, in an accessible teaching style, on how to tailor the Rules to their own circumstances
  • Includes reflection questions as a tool to guide readers in enriching their work life, family relationships, and social interactions

Leadership Rules is an engaging, refreshing tale that imparts leadership lessons easily applied to both work life and your interpersonal relationships.

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About the Author.

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Author Information

Chris Widener is an internationally known speaker and the author of six books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller The Angel Inside and The Art of Influence. He is a regular contributor to Success magazine and has his own e-zine. From his participation in sports growing up, to being a successful church planter, police chaplain, and small business owner, Widener has demonstrated the leadership lessons he writes about and teaches around the globe.

For more information, please visit www.chriswidener.com

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Praise for Leadership Rules

“This is a fast-moving, entertaining book that weaves the best leadership lessons into an enjoyable story that changes you forever.” —Brian Tracy, author of Eat that Frog! and No Excuses!

Leadership Rules is a quick and fun read that teaches powerfully simple rules of leadership that anyone can follow and apply. You'll love the story and love the lessons you learn!” —Darren Hardy, Publisher  SUCCESS magazine, author of  The Compound Effect

Leadership Rules is an engaging story that teaches the simplicity of effective leadership. The four rules Chris Widener reveals to you are ones that you can immediately put into practice. They will change you and your organization!” —Jeffrey J. Fox, author of How To Be a Fierce Competitor and RAIN

“We’ve all heard that sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages, and Chris Widener definitely delivers in a big way in Leadership Rules.  Chris shows he isn’t just an incredible leader, but a captivating storyteller too, wrapping his leadership principles in the form of an entertaining and heartfelt story—proving yet again he has the power to inspire a generation of leaders. Leadership Rules is a book for everyone, from an individual hoping to maximize personal potential, to the high-powered executive hoping to motivate thousands.” —Greg Provenzano, President and Co-Founder, ACN

“Once again Chris Widener provides the reader a fascinating story. The reader will savor time tested principles of leadership by example. This is a must read in the arsenal of any aspiring leader!” —David Humphrey, President, ILD Global 

“I love books that have business stories with meaningful take-aways. They’re fun to read yet provide actions that help improve me and my business. Chris Widener’s Leadership Rules is a simple read with simple, practical rules that will help you become a better leader of people.” —Dr. Tony Alessandra, author of The NEW Art of Managing People and The Platinum Rule

“Fundamental principles captured in a warm-hearted story line. Quickly digested. Harder to apply. Recommended for those who intend to create cultures of personal responsibility and winners in business and life.” —Dianna Booher, author, The Voices of Authority and Booher's Rules of Business Grammar

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