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How to be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying Your Strengths

Book Description

From the team that created the bestseller, The Extraordinary Leader, a groundbreaking framework to take leadership strengths development to the next level

Studies recently conducted by Zenger | Folkman proved that for every leadership competency you develop, you also strengthen several significant related behaviors that enhance your effectiveness as a leader. How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success By Magnifying Your Strengths, gives you a revolutionary, practical approach to leadership training and development that focuses on identifying and building the strengths you need to be successful at your jobs.

The strategies and techniques in this book, which are backed by findings from Zenger | Folkman's latest research, let you concentrate on what really matters, freeing you to drive outstanding business (and personal) results -- instead of focusing on building skills-sets that may be irrelevant to your present and future responsibilities. How to Be Exceptional breaks down what you need to know about the impact of leadership on business outcomes -- and gives you a program that you can use to grow the full spectrum of strengths needed to boost the success of your organization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. How to be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying Your Strengths
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. Part I What Leaders Can Learn from Their Strengths
    1. Chapter 1 Organizations Flourish with Strong Leaders The Measurable Impact of Being Exceptional
    2. Chapter 2 Why Emphasize Strengths? The Complex Interplay Between Strengths and High-Performing Leaders
    3. Chapter 3 Strengths Can Be Developed Diverse Ways to Take Your Strengths to the Next Level
    4. Chapter 4 Leadership Cross-Training The Revolutionary Approach to Developing Leadership Skills
    5. Chapter 5 Benefits from Developing Strengths Why Focusing on Weaknesses Doesn’t Create Exceptional Leadership
  9. Part II How Exceptional Strengths Are Developed
    1. Chapter 6 Where to Start Targeting Strengths to Develop
    2. Chapter 7 Transitioning from Poor Performance to Good A Linear Plan for Enhancing Your Skills
    3. Chapter 8 The Role of Feedback in Developing Leadership Strengths A Surefire Medicine
    4. Chapter 9 Building Strengths at Work Integrating On-the-Job Activities into Your Growth as a Leader
    5. Chapter 10 Sustaining Strengths Building Follow-Through into Your Development Plan
  10. Part III Special Considerations
    1. Chapter 11 Individual Contributors Building on Strengths Is the Foundation of Success at Every Level
    2. Chapter 12 Getting Out of the Pit When to Fix Weaknesses and Fatal Flaws
    3. Chapter 13 Can Strengths Be Taken Too Far? Addressing a Common Misperception
    4. Chapter 14 Building Strengths with Multi-Rater Feedback Why 360-Degree Assessments Can Be Your Best Tool
  11. Appendix A Are Leaders Born or Made?
  12. Appendix B History of the Strengths Movement
  13. Notes
  14. Index