Work of Leaders book

Discover How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead!

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Recognizing that leadership is one of the most studied areas of organizational development, as well as one of the most requested topics for training, we set out to make sense of published theories and information about leadership. The goal of The Work of Leaders is to make this wealth of leadership insight accessible to anyone who wants better results as a leader.

The VAE Process

The work that leaders do—the work that really matters—is boiled down to three areas: crafting a vision, building alignment, and championing execution. Vision, Alignment, and Execution are “magic words.” They strike a chord that turns the goal of leadership into tangible steps.

With passion and insight, the authors draw from the best-known leadership authorities, while leveraging their unparalleled access to data from thousands of leaders and followers and their connections to hundreds of organizational development consultants. Interwoven with humor and drawing from real-world scenarios, The Work of Leaders distills leadership best practices into a simple, compelling process that helps leaders at all levels get immediate results.

  • Excerpts

    To get a sense of what The Work of Leaders has to offer, we invite you to read some excerpts.

    Chapter 1: Welcome to The Work of Leaders

    This will give you an idea of how we approached our goal of creating a framework of leadership that is accessible and actionable for everyone, not just CEOs and executives. You’ll be introduced to the cornerstone principles of The Work of Leaders.

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    Chapter 13: Championing Execution Through Momentum

    This excerpt will give you an idea of how Momentum, one of the drivers for Championing Execution, can help you become a more effective leader. You’ll see how we’ve included strategies for Being Driven and Initiating Action, along with Tips at the end of the chapter.

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  • Endorsements

    • The Work of Leaders is a bright gem of a book. In a crystal clear and to-the-point style, the authors make leadership instantly accessible with a memorable model, rock solid fundamentals, original research, compelling stories, and highly practical tips for putting the principles to immediate use. There are invaluable lessons on every page, and you’ll enjoy discovering each one. We highly recommend The Work of Leaders to anyone who aspires to make extraordinary things happen in organizations.
      JIM KOUZES AND BARRY POSNER, authors of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge
    • Clear, distinctive, intuitive, and deeply researched, The Work of Leaders gives every reader not only several ‘a-ha!’ moments, but smart, meaningful suggestions for changing the way we all lead.
      ELAINE BIECH, author of The Business of Consulting
    • The authors have indeed done their homework! Their combined expertise and engaging writing gives their readers a one-stop shop for understanding and improving the way we lead. Bravo!
      BEVERLY KAYE, coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em
    • The Work of Leaders shows you how to create a thriving organization by setting a vision and then collaborating with your people to guide your company to success. It is the strategic tool you need to move your business forward, with imaginative writing and a practical approach you can use right away.
      TOM McKEE, CEO, The Ken Blanchard Companies
    • Anyone who is in a leadership position or is responsible for evaluating leaders should make this book a must-read. Collectively, the book’s authors are unique in their knowledge, background and ability, which is what distinguishes this great piece of work from others of its kind.
      SIDNEY FELTENSTEIN, former CEO, Yorkshire Global Restaurants
    • If you are a leader of a company or aspire to be one, I highly recommend reading this book. Using an easy to understand framework, the authors clearly lay out a blueprint for a company’s success. This book is well researched, but also practical and fun to read. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.
      PAUL F. MURPHY, partner, Sentinel Capital Partners
    • The Work of Leaders made simple and accessible: Vision, Alignment, Execution. Based on extensively researched best practices, V-A-E connects to leaders’ real-world demands and generates powerful conversations that provide a clear path for action.
      MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
    • Too often leadership books focus exclusively on crafting a vision and obtaining consensus without talking about how to implement the vision. This book nails all three: vision, alignment, and execution.
      BEN SNYDER, CEO, Systemation
    • I worked with the authors for nearly ten years and their powerful model not only helps leaders articulate a clear vision, it drives organizational alignment and flawless execution.
      KRISTIN NEWHALL, partner, Riverside Company
    • The Work of Leaders integrates the three essential ingredients to a best-selling treatise: a research-based framework, plenty of pragmatic advice, and an extremely engaging style and format. A must-have toolkit for any leader navigating the unpredictable global economy.
      DR. STEPHEN L. COHEN, founder and principal, Strategic Leadership Collaborative
    • Treat yourself and your colleagues to this career-builder. The Inscape team’s unique behavioral research—along with their distillation of 30 years’ advice from other experts—is today’s guide to what people need and expect from leaders.
      RON GAJEWSKI, president, Beyond ROI, Inc.
    • What you hold in your hands is considerably more than another leadership book—it is a fine-tuned system that will help you and your organization achieve greatness.
      ANNE WARFIELD, CSP & Outcome Thinking Strategist, Impression Management Professionals
  • The Model

    In our view, leaders have three fundamental responsibilities: They craft a vision, they build alignment, and they champion execution.

    Of course, there’s a lot of skill that goes into each of these responsibilities. That is, in fact, what The Work of Leaders is all about. The model is broken down into three key things effective leaders do at each step, and describes specific behaviors for each.

    • V Crafting a Vision: imagining an improved future state that the group will make a reality through its work.
    • A Building Alignment: getting to the point where everyone in the group understands and is committed to the vision.
    • E Championing Execution: ensuring that the conditions are present for the imagined future to be turned into a reality.

    The true value of this model is that it lays out a manageable, realistic framework to guide the process. The goal is to provide straightforward explanations of where you might choose to target your personal development efforts.

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