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Leadership by Choice: Increasing Influence and Effectiveness through Self-Management

ISBN: 978-1-118-29319-5
192 pages
June 2012
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Establish trust with your team by developing a clear decision-making strategy

Do you have the opportunity to focus on each decision you make? Chances are, you don't. All too often, our choices are rushed and relationships are strained by not thinking clearly or communicating properly.

We are all responsible for our own productivity. To be a strong leader, our challenge is to find creative ways to be productive and speak with influence. In Leadership by Choice, author Eric Papp looks at key strategies for leaders to excel not just through ability and smarts but connecting with others and establishing strong decision-making skills. The best leaders develop a system for reflecting on ideas and hold themselves accountable for their choices. Leadership by Choice provides you with applicable ideas in an entertaining manner with stories and pictures for all the areas in which you lead.

Loaded with actionable strategies and compelling ideas, Leadership by Choice offers a new road map for becoming a leader people want to follow.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

PART 1 Communication 1

Chapter 1 Listen Like Leitha 3

Chapter 2 Speaking with Influence 21

Chapter 3 The Importance of Questions 37

PART 2 Leading Teams 47

Chapter 4 The Abdication of Accountability 49

Chapter 5 Building a High-Trust Team 61

Chapter 6 Leading in Any Position 77

Chapter 7 Leading the Entitlement Generation 91

PART 3 Productivity 105

Chapter 8 Prioritize for Productivity 107

Chapter 9 Fourth Quarter Living Decision Making 125

Chapter 10 The Power of Focus 135

PART 4 Personal Development 149

Chapter 11 Finding Strength in Silence 151

Chapter 12 Rewards of Self-Discipline 161

About the Author 175

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Author Information

ERIC PAPP is the founder and CEO of Results-Based Seminars, LLC, and a professional leadership trainer and consultant. He has delivered more than 350 professional training programs to corporate and private clients. His client list includes Nationwide Insurance, Lockheed Martin, Huntsman Corporation, and many more. He has been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, the Dallas Morning News, and many other publications.

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Press Release

June 19, 2012
Become a Better Leader: Connect with Others and Establish Strong Decision-Making Skills

Many people don't have the time or energy to focus intently on each choice they make. All too often, individuals rush their decisions and strain their relationships by not thinking clearly or communicating properly. When it comes to those in leadership roles, it is expected that they take more time in their decision making process – especially when those decisions affect others on their teams. Great leaders develop a system for reflecting on ideas and holding themselves accountable for every choice they make.

In his new book, Leadership by Choice: Increasing Influence and Effectiveness through Self-Management (Wiley; June 2012; Hardcover and ebook; 978-1-118-29319-5; $22.95), author and leadership trainer and consultant, Eric Papp outlines the key strategies to help leaders excel by connecting with others and establishing strong decision-making skills.

This fast-paced, volatile business climate requires leaders who can keep cool, inspire others to adhere to high standards, produce excellent work and continuously raise their game. Leadership by Choice delivers the tips leaders need, no matter their position, to build high-trust teams and inspire accountability among the entitled members of Generation Y.

There are four areas of our lives where leadership is applicable and Papp breaks these areas down to provide solutions to these questions, including:

  • Communication – How do you listen, ask questions, and speak with influence?
  • Leading Teams – How do you establish trust, healthy conflict, and achieve results w/ others?
  • Productivity – How do you spend your time and how focused are you?
  • Personal Development – Where do you find your strength and purpose in a “caffeine, crazy busy” society?

“In today’s results-driven society a title is nothing more than ink on a business card. It’s nice to have but bears little meaning. Leaders need to make a conscious choice to positively influence those around them,” says Papp. “Leadership is not about what title or position you hold but rather a choice on how you lead. Would people still follow you regardless of your rank or title? Consider this question and reevaluate your skills as a leader.” 

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