If You See Yourself As A Leader, These Are For You

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As you look at the world in 2017, everywhere you see failures in leadership.  From front-line managers to the oval office, the results are too often weak or absent, and it’s getting more and more difficult to identify leaders you truly admire. If there’s not a five-alarm fire, there’s definitely billowing smoke from broken systems, habits, and morals.

Those smoke signals are also signals, invitations for a new generation of leaders to step forward.  There’s vast opportunity for those who aspire to lead, but they must lead with renewed commitment to improving their business, the lives of their employees, and the world in which we live.  If you have the desire but are not quite sure what it takes, there’s help to guide you.  It’s in the form of two new books from authors with real-world experience and a history of getting it right.

Influence Redefined by Stacey Hanke

Networking is about relationships.  It’s the relationships and connections, built on trust and mutual benefit, that builds one’s influence and effectiveness as a leader.  Stacey gives four measures of influence to build and maintain, as she calls it, “influence Monday to Monday.”

  • Check In For Understanding
  • Walk Your Talk
  • Seek Out Feedback
  • Be Trustworthy

That’s just a tiny sample of the thought (and action) provoking challenges she lays out.  In a world full of fakes and impostures, this book shows you how to get real and get it right.



Women Make Great Leaders by Jill Griffin


There’s a reason that women make great leaders.  It’s because what make for great leadership is an extension of what comes naturally to women.  Author Jill Griffin’s successful background as a business leader shines through as she points the way for women aspiring to be new leaders, or for those desiring to take their leaderships skills to new highs.

Building on common sense ethical leadership, Jill will show you how those innate attributes of womanhood – such as respect, kindness, and fairness – can supercharge you forward.


Now more than ever we’re in need of leaders who understand that whatever organization they are leading, the best results, winning if you prefer,  are achieved when there are no losers.  Check out these two books to gain a clear understanding of what quality leadership looks like, and then strive to see it looking back at you from the mirror.

Linda Allen

I'm a serial entrepreneur, with a resume that makes me look like a Jane of all trades. Pretty sure we are all reluctant Messiahs, travelling through life planting seeds where ever we can. Hopefully, most of mine have been good ones! MA from Miami University (Ohio, not Florida), BA from Cal State.

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