Written by the legendary bestselling author Ken Blanchard, The Secret (over 100,000 copies sold) answers a question most leaders ask at some point in their career, ?What do I need to do to be a great leader??
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In The Secret, Debbie, a struggling leader finds herself about to lose her job due to poor performance. In a desperate attempt to save her career, she enrolls in a new mentoring program offered by her company. Much to her surprise, Debbie finds her mentor is the president of the company (Jeff Brown).
Debbie decides that all she needs is the answer to one question, "What is the secret of great leaders?" She is convinced that if Jeff will tell her, she can apply the secret in her leadership.
Over the next 18 months Jeff explains to Debbie that the secret is rooted in an attitude. He tells her that she must be willing to become a serving leader rather than a self-serving leader. The secret is that all great leaders serve.
After Debbie learns the secret she still doesn’t know what to do next. Jeff explains that great leaders serve in at least five ways. They...
· See and shape the future
· Engage and develop others
· Reinvent continuously
· Value results and relationships
· Embody the values
The story unfolds as Debbie learns and applies each of these imperatives with her team. As a result, Debbie’s team goes from worst to first. They become the highest performing team within the company.
In the end, Debbie understood that all the changes and improvements were the result of the choices she made as a leader. She realized that to SERVE is a choice. Debbie decided once and for all, she would no longer be a self-serving leader, she would be a serving leader!About the Author:
Mark Miller is Founder and Editor of EndUserSharePoint.com. Founding member of NothingbutSharePoint.com He is currently Director of Global Strategy and Senior Storyteller at Fpweb.net. His main expertise is in developing and building live online communities built around specific market verticals. He also speaks extensively on the SharePoint circuit.
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