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The How of Great Leadership
There are some books that I read, perhaps take a few notes, and then move on. There are others that are dog-eared, have my notes in the margin, and become reference guides. Today I am sharing one of those books.
This is one that I will recommend to aspiring leaders everywhere. It’s written by Richard Sheridan, CEO and cofounder of Ann Arbor-based Menlo Innovations. Menlo has won the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for six straight years and many other awards.
Richard’s philosophy and focus are similar to my own. He zeroes in on culture, on servant leadership, on self-understanding, and on teaching others to lead. After reading his new book, Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear, I was pleased to continue the conversation. Watch our interview to learn more.
“If we encourage people to build relationships in a safe environment where they feel valued, not threatened, the masks can start to come off.” -Richard Sheridan
“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” -Walt Disney
“A leader’s job is not to keep a list of wrongs and spring it on the staff on their annual performance review.” -Richard Sheridan
“Bad leaders are self-serving, pretend to be the boss when they are not, express frustration without coaching, and react poorly to any bump in the road.” -Richard Sheridan
“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” -Alvin Toffler
“The final test of a leader is that he or she leaves behind in others the conviction and the will to carry on.” -Walter Lippmann
For more information, see Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear.