In 2009, Business Week Magazine released a fascinating article on the top 50 companies to launch a career. Within this powerful article, not only did Business Week Magazine list the top 50 companies to launch a career, but they listed the number one quality that each of these employers searched for most in future employees. Surprisingly, the number one quality listed by 50% of the companies featured in Business Week Magazine was leadership! Although this may be shocking for some to believe, what is even more intriguing about this trend is that in the fall semester of 2012, the National Association of College Employers released a study where approximately 75% of employers stated that they look for leadership experience in a future employee’s resume. Ultimately, what many of us can learn from trend is, if you are going to obtain career and personal success in the 21st Century, you must possess the right leadership skills, because most companies and organizations have learned that effective leadership has that much power on the success or failure of an organization or company.
Subsequently, in response to this trend and strong belief in effective leadership over the past decade, we now have more leadership development programs than ever before all across the world. Unfortunately, with all these different leadership development programs, trainings, conferences, and retreats, there are still many people in the world that believe we have a leadership crisis. The main reason that some people believe we have a leadership crisis in the world is because they believe that leaders have become more concerned about elections, deals, titles, bonuses, bailouts, and profits than the well-being of the people they serve. These same leadership critics also believe that the power of effective leadership has been lost in some organizations, companies, communities, and nations due to greed, fear, selfishness, lack of compassion, division among others, unethical behavior, and a lack of concern for the future of the people in which they represent. And, if that was not bad enough, these same leadership critics also believe that a majority of the people who desire to become leaders are wannabes who want the benefits, prestige, accolades, respect, dignity, and power that come with leadership—without ever developing the courage, humility, wisdom, love, integrity, character, heart, purpose, resilience, values, and leadership skills necessary to become great leaders in the 21st Century.
Although I agree with various men and women who make the assertion that we have a leadership crisis in America, I still believe that there are some amazing individuals in the world that can emerge into powerful leaders of the 21st Century with the right leadership training. Therefore, I have drawn from fifteen years of leadership training and research, hundreds of keynote speeches and workshops on the topic of leadership, countless personal experiences as a leader over the past twenty years, and a multitude of discussions with successful leaders around the world to develop a new leadership book for 21st Century leaders. This book will provide emerging and seasoned leaders with forty important questions they must all ask themselves before they aspire to become one of the world’s next top leaders.
Throughout this powerful leadership book, entitled Are You World’s Next Top Leader?, emerging and seasoned leaders will have the opportunity to reflect, digest, discuss, and learn about forty specific leadership qualities that every individual must consider before they become a leader in the 21st Century. Also, men and women who aspire to become one of the world’s next top leaders will discover the leader within and uncover specific leadership skills that will enable them to evolve into effective relational leaders. In addition, emerging and seasoned leaders will find out the keys to becoming effective operational leaders and learn how to create a strong spiritual foundation for leadership success in the 21st Century.
Why Leadership Matters
In the beginning portion of the book, readers not only learn about the history of leadership over the past ninety years, but they discover a working definition of leadership from a scholarly perspective and find out specifically why I wrote this book, and why I believe it’s so important for emerging and seasoned leaders to ask themselves these questions before they aspire to lead in the 21st Century.
The Inner Leader
The first chapter of the book focuses on eleven specific questions that revolve around helping emerging and seasoned leaders discover the leader within. The primary reason that I begin with this set of questions is because I believe that every leader must uncover and reflect on the unknown aspects of leadership potential that have been placed within before they really begin to lead others. And, in this chapter of the book, emerging and seasoned leaders will be able to uncover some of the hidden gems that will enable them to attain personal, career, and leadership success.
The Operational Leader
The second chapter of the book focuses on eleven specific questions that revolve around helping emerging and seasoned leaders develop the leadership skills necessary to provide stability to an organization, create systems and infrastructure that transform needs into solutions, and produce effective results as the leader of their respected organization or company. The primary reason why I created this set of questions is because I strongly believe that there are some specific leadership skills that every leader must develop if they desire to effectively lead a group of people within a specific organization, company, or team. In this chapter of the book, emerging and seasoned leaders will learn about the specific skills they must develop in order to effectively serve and lead people within their organization, company, or team.
The Relational Leader
The third chapter of the book focuses on eleven specific questions that revolve around helping emerging and seasoned leaders learn how to become more effective at connecting, building, empowering, motivating, and getting the most out of the people they serve as leaders. The primary reason why I created this set of questions is because I strongly believe that effective leaders need to know how to effectively influence, develop, inspire, and work with different types of people, but in order to execute this effectively as a leader, they must know how to connect and build positive relationships with different types of people. In this chapter, emerging and seasoned leaders will learn how to develop into an effective relational leader of the 21st Century.
The Spiritual Leader
The fourth chapter of the book focuses on seven specific questions that revolve around helping emerging and seasoned leaders develop the spiritual qualities that have enabled tons of powerful leaders throughout history to make a positive impact in their community, nation, and world. The primary reason why I created this set of questions is because I strongly believe that there are spiritual truths that every leader must develop in order to really make a huge impact in the world. For example, when you think about world leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, George Washington, and many other famous leaders that have truly made a positive impact in our communities, nation, and world, you will find that each of these leaders were spiritual leaders who possessed a strong spiritual foundation. In this chapter of the book, emerging and seasoned leaders will learn about some of the spiritual truths that enabled these leaders make a huge impact in the world!
10 KEY BENEFITS OF BOOK
Benefit #1: Readers will have the opportunity to read, learn, reflect, and develop forty leadership characteristics that will enable them to serve more effectively as a leader in the 21st Century.
Benefit #2: Readers will discover some key leadership attributes that will enable them to obtain greater personal, career, and leadership success in the 21st Century.
Benefit #3: Readers will learn about some key questions that every individual must consider if they are going to discover the greatness and leader that is within.
Benefit #4: Readers will develop some applicable leadership skills that will help them become more effective at networking, relationship building, working and leading diverse groups of people, and inspiring even the most apathetic individual.
Benefit #5: Readers will learn about the positive affect that emotional intelligence, intuitive intelligence, positive-thinking, and people competence can have on a leader’s effectiveness with others in the 21st Century.
Benefit #6: Readers will learn about the power and importance of character, integrity, ethical decision-making, humility, servant leadership, and leading with love.
Benefit #7: Readers will learn how to effectively endure, persevere, and overcome the unique challenges, uncertainties, fears, failures, and negative circumstances that every leader will face in the 21st Century.
Benefit #8: Readers will recognize the key leadership skills that will enable them to become more effective at leading an organization, company, team, or a select group of people.
Benefit #9: Readers will discover the spiritual principles of leadership that have enabled thousands of leaders to make a positive impact in their community, nation, and world.
Benefit #10: Readers will become fully prepared to serve as one of the world’s next top leaders and make a positive impact in their community, nation, and world!
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