Breaking the Leadership Mold: An Executive's Guide to Achieving Organizational Excellence

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Much has been written about leaders and leadership. Journal articles, blogs and books try to home in on the essence of an effective leader. While there is common agreement that a executive's performance can make or break company, defining that essence of effective leadership remains the Holy Grail for those who find themselves at the top, for those who are responsible for carrying out the strategies and dictates of their managers, and for the shareholders who want to see commitment, action and positive financial return.

Breaking the Leadership Mold is designed to help senior executives and managers respond to the challenges of today and shed the vestiges of days gone by. In so doing they will better lead and enable their staff, and create a work environment that is healthy, engaging, productive and sustainable. Based on  the author's extensive research and 35 years' experience in working with local, national and international companies, Breaking the Leadership Mold offers 20 principles-such as Principle #10: Recognize How Executive Team Dynamics Promote Mediocrity and Principle #14: Get Other Executives On Board (or Out of the Way)--that when implemented will ensure that not only is there effective communication throughout the organization, from top to bottom and bottom to top, but also that employees and executives alike contribute to their full potential. The net result -- the organization wins on every measure. The 20 principles are built on the pillars of case studies, experience and research.

 Effective leadership is an absolute in any business environment, but becomes even more critical in times when businesses face unprecedented challenges and need to be nimble and responsive to change. Breaking the Mold has proven strategies to empower, unite and galvanize managers and employees -- and their organization - to enable them to prosper and adapt in a swift-changing environment. 

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Breaking the Leadership Mold eloquently reminds us that in the face of short-term market expectations for results growth, modern leaders need the commitment, credibility and foresight to balance the longer-term priority of growing their people also.
Steve Reid, COO, Goldcorp Inc.

For the corporate executive ready to sustain the effort and achieve the required personal development, Rosie Steeves' wonderful book is an excellent and effective how-to manual for building organizational excellence. It deserves wide readership.
Chuck Edwards, P.Eng., FCIM, Process Engineering Consultant

Too many companies in North America have an abundance of people in charge but a shortage of leaders. Rosie Steeves, who has been contributing her Leadership Lessons column to Business in Vancouver since 2002, is in the business of building better leaders. Whether you're in need of a leader or aspiring to be one, she's worth a read.
Timothy Renshaw, Managing Editor, Business in Vancouver

Valuable insights and advice for anyone who is part of an executive team or leads one, and would like to make it work better.
Hugh Harden, VP Operations, Kinder Morgan Canada

Breaking the Leadership Mold is a fresh perspective with an enlightened view of what it will take to develop an organization and senior management team that will be ready to lead your business to a successful and prosperous future.  Enjoy the read, but do more  . . . utilize what you will learn.
Bruce Alexander, President, Raute North America

Executive teams with a desire to create a highly-functioning organization would do well to read this book.  Within it, you will find a thorough reflection on the many challenges and aspirations we all share to be effective and respected leaders.
Gerald W. Grandey, Chief Executive Officer, Cameco Corporation

A very good read for anyone looking at achieving a better understanding of the evolution of leadership, including a practical breakdown on the do's and don'ts of modern leadership.
Francois Morton, Vice President British Columbia, GENIVAR

An insightful, clear guide for any executive seeking to develop more collaborative, effective leadership skills to increase organizational success.
Heather Conway, CEO

In today's financially driven business environment, this book is a good reminder of other skills essential for sustainment of the organization. It's the quality of the leader that transforms good intention into positive action – and turns a group of people into a team.
Jan Marston, Vice President, Customer Care, Human Resources & Operations Governance, Terasen Gas

This is vintage Rosie Steeves! A must-read for senior executives.
Mike Marasco, CEO, Plenary Investments

From the Inside Flap:

Those at the top have a profound impact on the success of their organization. Effective and relevant senior leadership directly translates into an engaged, sustainable and profitable organization. Conversely, leadership that is out-of-touch, externally focused and embedded in paradigms of days gone by leads to employee disengagement, poor morale and ultimately a lack of organizational competitiveness.

Unfortunately, sometimes senior leadership is marked by good intent but ineffective practice. Compounded by consultants unwilling to bite the hand that feeds them, and employees unwilling to take the risk of challenging those above them, dysfunctional executive leadership has become many an organization's dirty little secret. Employees know it, but many executives are unaware.

It needn't be this way. Breaking the Leadership Mold is designed to help senior executives and managers respond to the challenges of today, shed outmoded practices and create a work environment that is healthy, engaging, productive and sustainable. Based on the author's extensive research and 35 years' experience in working with local, national and international companies, Breaking the Leadership Mold presents proven strategies to ensure that executives empower, unite and galvanize their managers and employees-and their organization- to enable prosperity and adaptation in a swift-changing environment. The net result will be a work environment that is healthy, engaging, productive and sustainable.

Breaking the Leadership Mold offers 20 principles grouped in five parts. The first two parts focus on the individual and explore the challenges of senior leadership, presenting strategies for determining how your leadership skills measure up and how to improve and expand on where you stand. Part 3 shows how to shape and develop your top team while Part 4 does the same for the organization as a whole. Part 5 pulls together disparate concepts and looks towards actions today that will help plan for the future. When implemented, these 20 principles will ensure that not only is there effective communication throughout the organization, from top to bottom and bottom to top, but also that employees and executives alike contribute to their full potential. The net result- the organization wins on every measure.

As an added bonus, readers will gain access to a personal online leadership assessment, which will give the first indication of whether you have what it takes to lead your organization in today's challenging and complex environment.

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