Preparing for Leadership: What It Takes to Take the Lead

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What makes a great leader? Confidence? Trust? Vision? The ability to inspire? The answer is complex yet understandable. The good news is that most great leaders are made, not born, and many of the characteristics associated with effective leadership can be assessed, trained, and developed. Based on the best-selling seminar by the American Management Association, this book gives readers practical advice on how they can: get noticed by learning how to look and talk like a leader become expert teambuilders, coaches, and communicators gain and use power and influence positively guard against the pitfalls of intraorganizational politics identify and build strategic alliances elicit support motivate others Containing practical tools including assessments, tips, and checklists, this book shows readers how to take their organizations into the future, inspire those around them...and achieve beyond what is expected.

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What makes a great leader? Confidence? Trust? Vision? The ability to inspire? The answer is complex, yet it’s something that can be learned. The good news is that most great leaders are made, not born, and many of the characteristics associated with effective leadership can be assessed, trained, and developed.

Based on the best-selling seminar by the American Management Association, Preparing for Leadership gives you practical advice for how to:

· Get noticed by learning how to act and talk like a leader.

· Become an expert teambuilder, coach, and communicator.

· Gain and use power and influence positively.

· Guard against the pitfalls of intraorganizational politics.

· Identify and build strategic alliances.

· Elicit support.

· Motivate others.

Containing practical tools including assessments, tips, and checklists, Preparing for Leadership shows you how to take your organizations into the future, inspire everyone around you...and achieve way beyond what is expected!

Donna J. Dennis, Ph.D., is a leadership development professional whose clients have included Kraft Kennedy, the Layne Christensen Company, Johnson & Johnson, and British Petroleum. She is an Executive in Residence with the Institute for Corporate Productivity in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ms. Dennis lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Deborah Dennis Meola is a freelance writer who lives in Skillman, New Jersey.

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Donna J. Dennis, Ph.D. is a leadership development professional whose clients have included Cisco Systems and British Petroleum. She is an Executive in Residence with the Human Resources Institute.

Deborah Dennis Meola is a freelance writer.

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