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Leading Blog: If You Will Lead ... Well

If You Will Lead ... Well

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 05:00 PM PDT

If You Will Lead by Doug Moran, is a good book for reading chapter by chapter and stopping to reflect on each one. Based on Kipling's poem "If–," Moran has created the "If" Sixteen Leadership Framework to help us answer four important questions:

1. Who am I, and what do I believe?
2. What do I want?
3. How will I attract and motivate others?
4. How will I earn and retrain the privilege to lead?

Combining historical lessons with examples of his contemporaries, Moran effectively communicates the sixteen attributes: character, authenticity, integrity, self-efficacy, ambition, vision, boldness, resilience, inspiration, courage, selflessness, stamina, composure, patience, enthusiasm, and accountability.

Leadership is a choice and how well you will lead is up to you. "The greatest uncertainties associated with leadership," writes Moran, "are how we use the skills and abilities we have, how hard we work to acquire and build those we don't, and how well we create positive change by inspiring and motivating others. We reduce the uncertainty by becoming more aware of what it takes to lead well. We reduce uncertainty further by choosing to invest and commit ourselves to our development."

If You Will Lead is an outstanding personal leadership development program and would make a good core resource for a sixteen week leadership program.

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