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Seven Disciplines of A Leader

ISBN: 978-1-119-00395-3
304 pages
November 2014
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Recognize, develop, and embody great leadership

Seven Disciplines of A Leader is a comprehensive manual for building better leaders. Author and executive coach Jeff Wolf is a respected authority on leadership, and his strategies and inspiration have fostered dramatic growth in some of the nation's top companies. In this book, he shares the secrets of great leadership to help readers align professional development and exemplify these traits themselves. Each of the Disciplines is valuable on its own, but together they add up to more than a sum of their parts, and work synergistically to propel leaders to higher and higher effectiveness and companies to better and better business. From initiative, to planning, to community service, readers will gain deep insight into what separates the good from the great, and how organizations can nurture these qualities in their employees with leadership potential.

A good leader gets results, but a great leader inspires every single member of the team to reach their utmost potential every single time. A great leader makes everyone shine, and provides the vision, the tools, and the support people need to do their very best work. This book describes how it's done, and how greatness can be learned.

  • Discover the traits that make leaders great
  • Align leadership development training to maximize potential
  • Foster the right attitudes and behaviors for better outcomes
  • Build a culture of sustainable success that permeates the organization

Individual achievement is great, but fostering a culture of achievement sends business into the future on an upward trajectory. It's more than just a single inspired employee; it's about recognizing the signs of potential leadership and nurturing them to fruition throughout the organization. Seven Disciplines of A Leader is the field guide to great leadership.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: What Makes Certain Leaders Highly Effective? xi


1 Welcome to Leadership: Nature of the Job 3

2 Who Said It Would Be Easy?: Scope of the Leader’s Job 14

3 Principles of Effective Leadership: Essence of the Leader’s Job 24

4 Disciplines and Practices of Highly Effective Leaders 34


5 Discipline 1: Initiative and Influence: Seize the Reins and Set an Example for Others 47

6 Discipline 2: Vision, Strategy, and Alignment: The Progression from Plans to Accomplishments Marks a True Leader 59

7 Discipline 3: Priorities, Planning, and Execution: Execution Cannot Succeed without the Team’s Acceptance and Endorsement 75

8 Discipline 4: Social/Emotional/Political Intelligence: The Tribulations of Leadership and Their Remedies 91

9 Discipline 5: Reciprocation, Collaboration, and Service 104

10 Discipline 6: Love and Leverage: There Is No Substitute for Passion about Work 113

11 Discipline 7: Renewal and Sustainability: Those Who Practice Renewal and Sustainability Avoid Common Pitfalls 125


12 Practice 1: Hire People Like a Casting Director 135

13 Practice 2: Never Stop Developing People 147

14 Practice 3: Understand the Value of Coaching 165

15 Practice 4: Motivate and Inspire People 174

16 Practice 5: Master Communication 180

17 Practice 6: Build an Optimal Team 200

18 Practice 7: Deliver Excellence and Satisfy Customers 216

19 Practice 8: Balance Your Work and Personal Life: It Will Help You Find the Right Perspective 228

20 Practice 9: Nurture New Leaders and Retain High Performers 239

21 Practice 10: Lead Desired Change 248

22 Practice 11: Manage a Multigenerational

Workforce 258

About the Author 273

Index 275

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Author Information

JEFF WOLF is recognized as one of the top executive coaches in the country and is a dynamic and engaging speaker. A highly sought-after business consultant, his strategic focus in solving corporate and human issues has earned him continuing raves from global firms.

Leadership Excellence magazine named him one of America's Top 100 Thought Leaders for his accomplishments in leadership development, managerial effectiveness, and organizational productivity.

He is currently president of Wolf Management Consultants, LLC, one of the most comprehensive consulting, coaching and training firms in the world. The firm specializes in helping people, teams, and organizations achieve maximum effectiveness.

Throughout the years, he has been a recognized authority on leadership, and his principles, strategies, and inspiration have influenced dramatic growth and changes in countless organizations. He may be reached at www.wolfmotivation.com

KEN SHELTON is CEO of Authentic Leadership and founding editor/publisher of Leadership Excellence magazine. He collaborated with Stephen R. Covey on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and is editor/publisher of 128 other books on personal and leadership development.

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Press Release

November 24, 2014
Leadership and Management Coach, Jeff Wolf, Launches New Book “Seven Disciplines of a Leader”

Seven Disciplines of a Leader (Wiley & Sons) by Jeff Wolf, founder and president of Wolf Management Consultants, LLC, is on sale across the country today. The author is  donating 100 percent of proceeds to benefit three military-focused non-profit organizations including Warrior Foundation–Freedom Station, Blue Star Families and Building Homes for Heroes. In an effort to raise awareness of book proceeds benefitting America’s servicemen and women, Wolf launched a social campaign, ‘Buy a Book, Help a Hero,’ on Veterans Day.

“When I talk to company leaders, business colleagues and book lovers about Seven Disciplines of a Leader, the second most popular question asked after I tell them about the proceeds to benefit our wounded warriors is, ‘How can I help?,’” Jeff Wolf, founder and president of Wolf Management Consultants, LLC and author of Seven Disciplines of a Leader said. “Businesses like Hyatt have responded positively with generous pre-orders and I hope to generate more sales today because the more we sell, the more we can donate to our deserving veterans who bravely served our country.”

Seven Disciplines of a Leader is a step-by-step guide to adopting and implementing key disciplines necessary for effective leadership. The new release is Wolf’s second book and poised to resonate with the myriad of professionals looking for guidance in an ever-challenging business landscape. The book is now available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Books a Million.

“We are thrilled to be associated with such a generous effort,” Sandy Lehmkuhler, founder and president of Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station said. “Jeff Wolf has tremendous compassion for the men and women of the United States military, and we are grateful to be selected as a benefiting organization. Proceeds from the ‘Buy a Book, Help a Hero’ campaign will go a long way toward assisting our warriors with the daunting task of recovering from injuries and transitioning to civilian life.”

The ‘Buy a Book, Help a Hero’ campaign has been activated through Wolf’s social channels including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and supported by the social communities of the selected beneficiary non-profit organizations with leadership memes, inspirational quotes and testimonials from leading figures of the military and veteran communities. The campaign is also tagged with popular Veterans hashtags to further visibility including #honoringvets #thankavet and #thankyouveterans.

Wolf, who was named one of America’s top 100 thought leaders by Leadership Excellence Magazine for his accomplishments in leadership development, penned the book after more than 14 years of experience in the C-suite and management training both inside and outside of large national and multinational corporations. Bringing direct experience and solutions to his Fortune 1000 clients at the helm of Wolf Management Consultants, LLC, Wolf shares the essentials to building strong teams, leading with purpose, and staying relevant. More information is available at www.sevendisciplinesofaleader.com. The book is on sale nationwide today.

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