The Leader Habit
Master the Skills You Need to Lead--in Just Minutes a Day
Author: Martin Lanik
Pub Date: April 2018
Print Edition: $25.00
Print ISBN: 9780814439340
Page Count: 256
e-Book ISBN: 9780814439357
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To increase your expertise at any activity, nothing beats practice—and that includes leadership. At its core, leadership is actually a set of concrete skills, such as empowering, selling the vision, building relationships, and influencing. While some skills might come naturally, it’s inevitable that others will need work. The Leader Habit offers a simple, original approach to dramatically improving even our weakest areas.
Filled with 5-minute exercises and real-life examples, the book highlights the most important skills that great leaders exhibit, and then breaks them into smaller, specific behaviors. By tackling one behavior at a time, you learn to consciously master each until it becomes automatic.
Assessments, psychological insights, and specific instructions help you spot areas for improvement, cultivate winning behaviors, and weed out ones that push people away. Instead of dismissing others’ concerns, for example, use them as triggers for asking a question, like: “What makes you concerned about this?” That single shift alone signals that you take people’s concerns seriously, builds rapport, and strengthens your ability to influence—the first steps in a chain reaction of becoming a great leader.
From managing priorities to overcoming resistance to actively listening, with a rich array of both task- and people-oriented skills, you’ll be able to gain respect and get results. This complete work includes:
• Compelling evidence of the ways that habits shape our lives, for better or worse, and how leadership is simply a series of habits
• Content based on original research that looks at 795 leaders across the globe, identifying 22 essential leadership skills and 79 micro-behaviors that make up those skills
• Simple exercises to turn effective leadership behaviors into ingrained habits, along with clear cues that tell you when to practice each
• A Leader Habit Quiz that assesses 6 personality traits—being curious, organized, caring, outgoing, ambitious, resilient—and points to behaviors that you’ll find most rewarding
• Tips for staying motivated, avoiding procrastination, and sustaining progress
Many of us aspire to great leadership. But unless you intentionally practice the right behaviors, results will be fleeting, at best. By tapping the power of habit, this eye-opening, empowering book will turn your aspirations into solid, lasting skills.
Martin Lanik, Ph.D., is the CEO of Pinsight®, the leader-readiness platform. He holds a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology and has more than a decade’s experience designing and running leadership development programs for global companies.
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