Erika Andersen is a Forbes blogger, a facilitator, consultant, coach, and the founding partner of Proteus International. She’s also the author of three books: Leading So People Will Follow, Being Strategic, and Growing Great Employees. I follow Erika on Twitter and regularly read and share her blog posts. In all of her writing, she offers advice gleaned from her thirty years of working with executives.
I thoroughly enjoyed her most recent book, Leading So People Will Follow and wanted to share this great resource with you.
Erika, this is your third book and really they are related. For people who aren’t familiar with your work, tell us about each of the books.
Thanks for asking! The three books each have a strong connection to one of our three practice areas at Proteus, the business I founded in 1990. The first book, Growing Great Employees, is a kind of Boy Scout Handbook for people managers. It’s a very skill-based, practical approach to the whole realm of managing and developing employees: why it’s important and how to do it well. That book is most connected to the management and leadership training part of our client offer, which we call Building Skills and Knowledge.
The second book, Being Strategic, is most closely connected to our Clarifying Vision and Strategy practice area, where we focus on helping organizations clarify the future they want to create – and then achieve their vision. That book teaches our model and the associated mental skills for thinking and acting more strategically – in any part of your life.
This new book, Leading So People Will Follow, is connected to our Developing Leaders practice area, where we focus on coaching individual leaders and teams of leaders to get ready and stay ready to succeed into the future.
In your latest book, stories and folklore play a big part. I love that because children’s books are filled with powerful leadership lessons. Why did you choose to use fairy tales and stories to get your points across?