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Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results

Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results

Cy Wakeman, Larry Winget (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-470-87525-4

Aug 2010, Jossey-Bass

192 pages



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.

Foreword (Larry Winget).

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.