Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results
Leadership strategies grounded in reality and focused on results
Recent polls show that 71% of workers think about quitting their jobs every day. That number would be shocking-if people actually were quitting. Worse, they go to work, punching time clocks and collecting pay checks, while completely checked out emotionally. In Reality-Based Leadership, expert Fast Company blogger Cy Wakeman reveals how to be the kind of leader who changes the way people think about and perceive their circumstances-one who deals with the facts, clarifies roles, gives clear and direct feedback, and insists that everyone do the same-without drama or defensiveness. Filled with dynamic examples, innovative tools, and diagnostic tests, this book shows you how to become a Reality-Based Leader, revealing how to:
- Uncover destructive thought patterns with yourself and others
- Diffuse drama and lead the person in front of you
- Stop managing and start leading, empowering others to focus on facts and think for themselves
Equipped with a facts-based, confident approach, you will free yourself from the frustrations you face at work and transform yourself into a Reality-Based Leader, with the ability to liberate and inspire others.
Introduction: Calling All Leaders.
Part One Find Peace at Work.
1 You Are the Source of Your Suffering—and That's the Good News.
2 If You Argue with Reality, You Lose (but Only 100 Percent of the Time).
3 Would You Rather Be Right, or Wildly Successful?
Part Two Restore Sanity to the Workplace.
4 Lead First, Manage Second.
5 Play Favorites: Work with the Willing!
6 Change Is a Fact of Life—Get Over It! How to Bullet-Proof Your Employees.
Part Three Lead Your Team to Results.
7 Opinions No Longer Count—Actions Do.
8 Stop Judging and Start Helping: The Golden Rule of Teamwork.
Conclusion: The Reality-Based Leader's Manifesto.
Appendix 1 Alignment Survey.
Appendix 2 Self-Test: Managing Versus Leading.
Appendix 3 Feedback Frame.
About the Author.