Friday, October 1, 2010

A Review of “Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders”

Leadership expert Doug Dickerson has compiled an excellent anthology of inspiring anecdotes and guidelines designed for leaders at every level within an organization to develop their leadership skills.

As a leader, how often do you ask yourself these questions? Doug answers them with memorable examples as he breaks down the borders that surround leaders.

¨ How can I energize my employees?

¨ How can I teach my employees to embrace priorities?

¨ How can I share optimism?

¨ How can I establish and motivate a team?

¨ How can I exhibit a positive attitude?

¨ How can I demonstrate authenticity in my actions?

¨ How can I create loyalty?

¨ How can I express kindness?

¨ How can I develop my legacy?

The simple truth is that leaders with borders become insulated from their followers, or in other words, from their employees. This can, and often does, result in disillusioned employees, lackluster work product, stifling office politics, incompetent teams, dissatisfied customers, and decreasing sales. However, when leaders remove the borders around them, they become empowered and able to make a positive long-lasting impact on their employees and companies.

The common theme of all of Doug’s anecdotes was people, and my favorite lines were:

¨ Simplifying the mission is about people in your organizational structure being able to connect the dots because leadership made sure they saw the big picture and knew where the ship was headed.

¨ A leader expanding his borders understands that his success is tied to the success of others around him.

¨ If you are going to leave a strong legacy as a leader, people must be your priority.

In the words of Doug Dickerson, “keep expanding your borders,” and you may be amazed at the results.

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