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The Intelligent Leader: Unlocking the 7 Secrets to Leading Others and Leaving Your Legacy





The Intelligent Leader: Unlocking the 7 Secrets to Leading Others and Leaving Your Legacy

John Mattone

ISBN: 978-1-119-56624-3 December 2019 208 Pages



Grow Your Leadership. Enrich Your Life. Leave a Lasting Legacy.

What is great leadership? What separates the merely competent leaders from those rare individuals who leave a lasting impression on everyone around them?

As one of the world’s most in-demand CEO coaches and top leadership gurus, John Mattone has worked with some of our brightest business minds—Apple’s Steve Jobs, Pepsi’s Roger Enrico, and Nielsen’s Armando Uriegas—and he’s identified the key qualities that, together, make up the mindset of great leadership.

In The Intelligent Leader, Mattone lays out an accessible, practical, and compelling path that anyone can take to become the kind of leader that brings enrichment to the lives of others, enjoys a more fulfilling life, and leaves a lasting legacy. Each chapter uses a variety of real-world examples, tools, and assessments to explore one of Mattone’s 7 dimensions of Intelligent Leadership, including:

• Thinking differently, thinking big
• Having a mindset of duty vs. a mindset of entitlement
• Leveraging your gifts and addressing your gaps
• Having the courage to execute with pride, passion, and precision

Readers will have complimentary online access to the Mattone Leadership Enneagram Inventory ($110 value), which offers a personalized assessment of your leadership style and maturity. 

Preface: A Demand for Depth


Introduction: Do You Have What It Takes For Others to Inspire Others to Follow?

Identifying the Goal

The X Factor

The Whole Enchilada

We’re All Leaders

The Road Ahead

Establishing Your Network

An Invitation to Go Deep

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Thyself

Getting to the Why of Things

How Strong is Your Character?

Values: Your Criteria for Life

Mind the Gaps

Who Do You Think You Are?

Believe It Or Not . . .

The Bridge to the Outer Core

Putting It All Together: The Spectrum of Intelligent Leadership

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Chapter Two: Thinking Differently, Thinking Big

The First Dimension of Intelligent Leadership

Being a Trendsetter

Holding a Massive Vision

How Big Do You Think?

Beginning with the End in Mind

Don’t Let Your Big Thinking Give You a Big Head

Exercise: Developing Your Core Purpose Statement

Chapter Three: The Vulnerability Decision:

The Second Dimension of Intelligent Leadership

Making the Choice to Be Vulnerable

The Gateway to Change

Vulnerability and the Bottom Line

Admitting Your Flaws Builds Trust

Creating a Culture of Vulnerability

Can You Be Too Humble?

Practicing Vulnerability

Chapter Four: Having a Mindset of Entitlement vs A Mindset of Duty:

The Third Dimension of Intelligent Leadership

Seeing Through Your Entitlement

The Duty Mindset: Context Is Everything

From Setback to Opportunity: Overcoming the Victim Mentality

The First 3 Dimensions – A Package Deal

Don’t Forget to Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First

Cultivating a Duty Mindset

Chapter Five: Leveraging Your Gifts & Addressing Your Gaps:

The Fourth Dimension of Intelligent Leadership

Mindset Applied

The Negativity Bias

Mind the Gap

Going On To Perfection . . .

Striking the Right Balance

Honing In, Moving Forward

Chapter Six: Having the Courage to Execute with Pride, Passion, and Precision:

The Fifth Dimension of Intelligent Leadership

Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone

Cultivating Courage, In Spite Of

The 3 Qualities of Courageous Action

Change Takes Courage

The Ultimate Catalyst

Don’t Just Act; Act Intelligently

Becoming Courageous

Chapter Seven: Staying Present & Being Vigilant:

The Sixth Dimension of Intelligent Leadership

Moving Slow to Move Fast

Being Awake to Your Footprint

Being Present for People

Being Present Takes Courage

Think, Don’t Overthink

The Matrix of Intelligent Leadership

Practicing Presence

Chapter Eight: Course Correction:

The Seventh Dimension of Intelligent Leadership

The Psychology of Adjustment

A Culture of Innovation

Don’t Overcorrect

The Ultimate Dimension

Correcting Your Course

Chapter Nine: It’s Not About You

The Inseparable Relationship Between Leadership and Culture

It Starts At the Top

Encouraging Innovation

Vulnerability Is Contagious

A Culture of Duty

A Culture that Amplifies

Creating A Culture of Courageous Action

Working As One

Correcting Your Collective Course

As You Go, So Go We All

Chapter 10: Conclusion: The Paradox of Change

Bringing the New into Being

The Intelligent Leader: A Guided-Visualization

What Will Be Your Legacy?