Monday, July 2, 2007

The Leader In You

Finishing "The Leader In You" helps reinforce the ideas from the Carnegie Institute.

Written similarly to "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living", it gives lessons through the stories and personal experiences of modern day(up to early 90s) leaders from business, politics and sports.

It was good but I would certainly recommend starting with the 2 books above before reading this one.
Human relationships are important and Carnegie will help you develop them.

A recap of the main principles in this book:
1. The first step toward success is identifying your own leadership strengths.
2.Communication is built on trusting relationships
3.Motivation can never be forced. People have to want to do a good job.
4. There's nothing more effective than rewarding than showing a genuine interest in other people.
5. Step outside yourself to discover what's important to someone else.
6. Nobody is more persuasive than a good listener.
7. Team players are the leaders of tomorrow.
8. Truly respecting others is the bedrock of motivation.
9. People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise, and rewards.
10.Be quick to admit mistakes and slow to criticize. Above all, be constructive.
11.Set goals that are clear, challenging, and obtainable.
12. Leaders never lose their focus. They keep their eyes on the big picture.
13.Consistently high performance comes from a balance between work and pleasure.
14. Gain strength from the positive and don't be sapped by the negative.
15. Tame your worries and energize your life.
16. Never underestimate the power of enthusiasm.

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