Earlier this year, I did an interview for a site for entrepreneurs called Business Info Guide. It has just gone live! If you would like to learn a bit more about me and my book, “The Consummate Leader,” be sure to check it out.
Here is a bit of the interview to whet your appetite:
What is your book about?
My book is a holistic and interactive guide to leadership that is designed to help leaders to be more effective at inspiring and developing those who report to them. The book is appropriate for leaders of varying levels of experience, and as opposed to providing a lot of techniques, I encourage the reader to take a deep look at himself or herself so they can increase their insights and be very intentional about how they are interacting with others. In the book, I discuss the seven characteristics of a Consummate Leader, which include self-awareness, spirituality, self-management, positivity, authenticity, relationship building, and coaching and developing others. The book draws heavily on research, case studies, my personal experiences as a consultant to senior leaders for the past 10 years. There are also a lot of exercises throughout the book, so you can work to become a better leader in a very tangible and practical way.
What differentiates my book from a lot of other leadership books is that it requires the reader to do some hard work. I think books that make it seem as though effective leadership is the result of following steps like a cookbook are over-simplified. I really encourage the reader to take a deep dive into themselves, so they can understand themselves and the experiences that underlie the choices you make. I also take a holistic approach so the reader can understand how choices they make in their personal lives influence their effectiveness at work. Things like physical exercise, nutrition, meditation, and how you manage your moods, for example, have been shown to influence your effectiveness in the workplace.