Number of pages: 304
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing
BBB Library: Leadership, Business Classics
You may not consider yourself a leader, but if you take some time thinking about your daily activities, you might discover that you are. Don’t believe? Here are some examples that may convince you: If you are good at your job to the extent that your co-workers ask for your advice, if you were selected to sit in a meeting or a committee to discuss an issue, or if you had ideas you wanted to share with your company, or even further papers or books writing, then you are a technical leader.
“This book will likely change the way you think and feel about leadership, and that's is the necessary first step to change the way you act about it. There is no point in acting by following a set of formulas or steps if you don't really believe in them. I would absolutely recommend it to anybody who wants to become a (better) technical leader.” — Mariano Korman
In his 20-plus years at General Electric, Welch transformed a mature manufacturing company into an outstanding products-and-services juggernaut. He increased the value of the company more than 30 times over. He achieved all of this by defying some of GE's most venerated traditions (for example, by making hundreds of acquisitions), by
Leadership is easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize. Leadership is part strategy, but mostly judgment. Always it is about grace, confidence, and touch. There are no half measures when it comes to leading others. You must be fully engaged and fully committed, but you must never personalize what is happening
Too many companies are managed not by leaders but by mere role players and faceless bureaucrats. What would it take to replace these empty suits with real leaders—men and women who are confident in who they are and what they stand for and who truly inspire people to achieve extraordinary results? Rob
Successful leaders employ a general style that is called problem-solving leadership. They focus on the process of innovation.
Check ideas with the customer before implementation. It's not a success if customer won't pay for it.
Set back from the project to refresh your perspective. The earlier the doomed project is abandoned, the more the money and effort are saved.
The only way you can know how it feels to grow as a leader is through your own experience and through other people’s autobiographical accounts.
The best-designed working groups are those in which leadership comes from everybody, not merely from the appointed leader.
Technical leaders possess great power in our society, but they are neither demons nor angels. They are ordinary people who happen to possess an effective approach to problem solving that is based on leadership through innovation.
The inability to see ourselves as others see us is the number one obstacle to self-development. To get rid of it, you should recruit others to help you by watching your behavior and stating it to you.