Uncommon Leaders have a gift: While inspiring and serving others with integrity, they also model a commitment to self-care and reflective practices. These skillful leaders are focused on being intentional and mindful of their values, beliefs, and guiding principles---in short, they “live well”. This high level of self-awareness informs the leader’s capacity to model courage and integrity---to “lead strong”. Grounded in their beliefs and values, these leaders routinely offer skillful feedback that impacts performance; they also have the capacity to plan and hold difficult conversations with professionalism. Uncommon Leadership supplies the reader with practical strategies, information and exercises to develop skills, as well as inspirational ideas for maintaining strong and effective leadership over a sustained period of time. Each chapter includes ways in which the reader may transfer their learning to their own practice, as well as a graphic quote that serves as a reminder of key points. Practicing leaders will find this a helpful guide for significant professional growth; aspiring and early career leaders will find it a valuable tool they will return to often for reference.
Debbie McFalone is a sought-after facilitator of adult learning on leadership, a well-known keynote speaker and leadership coach. Her work focuses on empowering and equipping today’s leaders with the courage and integrity necessary to sustain a vibrant leadership life.
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Part I: Live Well
Chapter 1: It’s Really All About You: Uncommon Leaders Think and Then Act
Chapter 2: So How Am I Supposed to Do This? The Will to Develop Habits of Reflection and Mindfulness
Chapter 3: So How Am I Supposed to Do This? Time Management Strategies for Reflection and Mindfulness
Chapter 4: Transition: Where Mindfulness and Courage Meet
Part II: Lead Strong
Chapter 5: The Courage to Offer Skillful Feedback
Chapter 6: Difficult Conversations: Let’s Not Avoid Them!
Chapter 7: Setting Up for Success: Planning for Difficult Conversations
Chapter 8: Strong for The Journey: Seven Steps to Cultivate Resilience
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