“This book pricks the consciousness of all leaders to review the
ethical standards established in the running of their departments, divisions,
or companies. The current events in
business highlight the impact on society when leaders show lack of integrity,
honesty, and principled leadership.
People lose jobs, financial markets become suspect, and good people get
tainted by the actions of a few.
Let this book serve to
motivate and direct leaders to consider integrity, honesty and ethics in their
decision making and leadership.”
Jesse R. Penn
Cordis, Johnson & Johnson
Many of today’s contemporary
books on the subject of leadership concerned themselves with the mechanics of
leadership. Encyclopedic volumes have
been written about how to lead; and about what to do, and when to do it. However, few leadership books have given
serious consideration to the true purpose of leadership. That is what this book is all about: The purpose of leadership. Creating something of lasting value and
Regardless of a person’s
leadership style, there are some fundamental constants that more than anything
else define a leader’s legacy. More
than what they accomplish, how they go about accomplishing it, is linked to the
person and how they are remembered.
These fundamentals are character, integrity, and ethics. When these are compromised, the leader will
never achieve all that they potentially could have.
Learning the mechanics of
leadership is important. Leaders must
learn how to be effective. They need to
know how to develop strategies based on a well-developed vision. They must understand the principles of
communication, empowerment, delegation, and other fundamental principles of
good leadership. These are all important
skills for a leader to have if they are to be successful. However, what they must always keep in the
forefront of their thinking is why they lead. What is their purpose in leading?
This book addresses the mechanics
of leadership. It clearly presents
ideas of the types of behaviors a person must exhibit to be a good leader;
including his or her role as mentor, communicator, motivator, change agent, and
designer of organizations. It also
addresses the issue of credibility and its important role in the leader’s
effectiveness. Finally, it deals
directly with the leader’s character flaws and how to deal with them. These concepts are presented while
illustrating the direct correlation between the leader’s character and
integrity to their effectiveness as leaders.
This book will help leaders understand how they can go about creating a
legacy that they can be proud of.