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

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

John Mattone

ISBN: 978-1-119-56633-5 October 2019 208 Pages

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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. 

Foreword xv

Preface: A Demand for Depth xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction: Do You Have What it Takes to Inspire Others to Follow? xxv

1 Getting to Know Thyself 1

Getting to the Why of Things 2

How Strong is Your Character? 4

Values: Your Criteria for Life 7

Mind the Gaps 10

Who Do You Think You Are? 11

Believe It or Not … 12

The Bridge to the Outer Core 14

Putting It All Together: The Spectrum of Intelligent Leadership 16

Fake It ’til You Make It 18

2 Thinking Differently, Thinking Big 21

Being a Trendsetter 24

Holding a Massive Vision 26

How Big Do You Think? 28

Beginning with the End in Mind 32

Don’t Let Your Big Thinking Give You a Big Head 34

Exercise: Developing Your Core Purpose Statement 36

3 The Vulnerability Decision 39

Making the Choice to Be Vulnerable 41

The Gateway to Change 42

Vulnerability and the Bottom Line 45

Admitting Your Flaws Builds Trust 46

Creating a Culture of Vulnerability 48

Can You Be Too Humble? 51

Practicing Vulnerability 52

4 Having a Mindset of Entitlement versus a Mindset of Duty 55

Seeing Through Your Entitlement 59

The Duty Mindset: Context is Everything 62

From Setback to Opportunity: Overcoming the Victim Mentality 63

The First Three Dimensions: A Package Deal 66

Don’t Forget to Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First 66

Cultivating a Duty Mindset 68

5 Leveraging Your Gifts and Addressing Your Gaps 71

Mindset Applied 74

The Negativity Bias 75

Mind the Gap 80

Going on to Perfection 82

Striking the Right Balance 83

Zeroing in, Moving Forward 84

6 Having the Courage to Execute with Pride, Passion, and Precision 89

Moving out of Your Comfort Zone 91

Cultivating Courage, in Spite of Resistance 91

The Three Qualities of Courageous Action 92

Change Takes Courage 97

The Ultimate Catalyst 99

Don’t Just Act; Act Intelligently 101

Becoming Courageous 102

7 Staying Present and Being Vigilant 107

Moving Slow to Move Fast 109

Being Awake to Your Footprint 112

Being Present for People 113

Being Present Takes Courage 115

Think, Don’t Overthink 116

The Matrix of Intelligent Leadership 117

Practicing Presence 118

8 Course Correction 123

The Psychology of Adjustment 125

A Culture of Innovation 132

Don’t Overcorrect 134

The Ultimate Dimension 134

Correcting Your Course 135

9 It’s Not About You: The Inseparable Relationship Between Leadership and Culture 139

It Starts at the Top 141

Encouraging Innovation 144

Vulnerability is Contagious 145

A Culture of Duty 146

A Culture that Amplifies 148

Creating a Culture of Courageous Action 149

Working as One 151

Correcting Your Collective Course 152

As You Go, So Go We All 154

10 Conclusion: The Paradox of Change 155

Bringing the New into Being 156

The Intelligent Leader: A Guided Visualization 158

What Will Be Your Legacy? 161

About the Author 163

Index 167