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We need effective leaders today more than ever before.

In fact, the root cause behind failed businesses and failed governments is usually either a lack of leadership or the presence of destructive or ineffective leadership.

In this collection of dissertations on topics relevant to effective leadership, youll be challenged to think. Along the way, youll learn how to

discover and clarify your mission, vision, and values;
learn how to handle difficult people and situations;
improve the performance of your people and teams; and communicate with coworkers, customers, and colleagues.

Youll also learn about the leadershp continuum and its gradations and how to find the action, behavior, or decision that balances as best as possible benefits with costs.

Balance is getting something just right. However, since the world is always changing, the sweet spot is always changing too. What was in balance yesterday may not be today. Like riding a bicycle, we constantly need to monitor our positions and make adjustments to compensate for curves and bumps in the road.

Make sound decisions, build better teams, communicate more effectively, be appropriately flexible, and be appropriately strong, with the lessons, examples, and insights in Balanced Leadership.
We need effective leaders today more than ever before.In fact, the root cause behind failed businesses and failed governments is usually either a lack of leadership or the presence of destructive or ineffective leadership. In this collection of dissertations on topics relevant to effective leadership, youll be challenged to think. Along the way, youll learn how todiscover and clarify your mission, vision, and values;learn how to handle difficult people and situations;improve the performance of your people and teams; and communicate with coworkers, customers, and colleagues.Youll also learn about the leadershp continuum and its gradations and how to find the action, behavior, or decision that balances as best as possible benefits with costs.Balance is getting something just right. However, since the world is always changing, the sweet spot is always changing too. What was in balance yesterday may not be today. Like riding a bicycle, we constantly need to monitor our positions and make adjustments to compensate for curves and bumps in the road.Make sound decisions, build better teams, communicate more effectively, be appropriately flexible, and be appropriately strong, with the lessons, examples, and insights in Balanced Leadership.
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Sales Rank:
99,999,999
Pages:
250
Publication Date:
06/09/2018
ISBN13:
9781532044250
Product Dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x0.53(d)
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
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About the Author
Leonard W. Heflich is a visionary leader with a passion for developing future leaders. He has more than forty years of experience in the food industry and is a writer, coach and teacher. He earned a bachelors degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a masters in management science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He recently contributed a chapter on risk management to the Juran Quality Handbook, Seventh Edition, and is a frequent contributor to Baking and Snack Magazine. His vision is to help you become a better leader!
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2018-08-27

A debut business leadership book emphasizes balance.

An overabundance of leadership books may evoke a jaundiced reaction from business executives to anything new, but Heflich's effort is not a throwaway. His theme revolves around the notion that balance, in the broadest sense of the word, makes for effective leadership. The author recognizes the nuances of the word, suggesting: "Balance does not imply compromise or a middle-of-the-road approach.…Do you see the importance of balance and the trade-off of cost with benefit involved in each decision? The trade-off is inescapable, and the balance that you choose is defining!" With that premise in mind, the volume addresses balance in somewhat lengthy chapters that are, at least, nicely subdivided into manageable chunks of information. Each chapter concerns balance as it applies to leadership attributes, such as directing others, communicating, facing management challenges, and making decisions. Heflich, whose background is in manufacturing, offers astute observations that apply generally across all forms of business, and they are both well-founded and experience-based. The author draws on other sources, employs good examples, and writes with a keen sense of perspective. The advice he doles out to the individual leader is particularly on-target. The chapter "Balance in Leading Yourself," while encompassing such traditional components as mission, vision, and values, speaks directly to an executive's personal qualities. For example, Heflich writes eloquently about emotional intelligence, which he says "is about accepting responsibility for our behaviors." His view of wisdom is also meaningful. While "smart" people may consider the facts, writes the author, "wise" ones size up "a situation by considering the facts on hand, but in addition, they consider their values and goals." Other intriguing sections in this particularly engrossing chapter include "Risking Your Job to Save It," "Adequacy and Inadequacy," and "Work-Life Balance." Throughout the well-conceived book, Heflich exudes a quiet competence and calmness, writing from the viewpoint of someone who has critically scrutinized the behaviors of himself and other executives. "The balance you strike," concludes the author, "defines you as a leader and a person."

An articulate, passionate, and illuminating work that makes a sound contribution to leadership literature.

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