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    21 Great Leaders:
    Learn Their Lessons, Improve Your Influence
    by Pat Williams
    2015 | Elections & Political Process > Leadership | epub | 537 kb
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    Contents
    Introduction: The Seven Sides of Leadership
    The First Side of Leadership: VISION
    1. Walt Disney: Dream, Believe, Dare, Do!
    2. Nelson Mandela: A Rainbow Vision
    3. Steve Jobs: A Dent in the Universe
    The Second Side of Leadership: COMMUNICATION
    4. Winston Churchill: Sending Language into Battle
    5. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I Have a Dream”
    6. Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator
    The Third Side of Leadership: PEOPLE SKILLS
    7. Sam Walton: The Ten-Foot Rule
    8. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Stricken and Strengthened
    9. Pope John Paul II: The Force of Forgiveness
    The Fourth Side of Leadership: CHARACTER
    10. George Washington: When the Summons Comes
    11. Billy Graham: Moral Firewalls
    12. Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena
    The Fifth Side of Leadership: COMPETENCE
    13. Thomas Jefferson: The Competent Polymath
    14. Bill Gates: Compute—and Compete
    15. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Competent to Decide
    The Sixth Side of Leadership: BOLDNESS
    16. Rosa Parks: Tired of Giving In
    17. Harry S. Truman: The Buck Stops Here
    18. Margaret Thatcher: The Lady’s Not for Turning
    The Seventh Side of Leadership: A SERVING HEART
    19. Gandhi: The Great Soul.
    20. Mother Teresa: In Service to God’s Holy Poor.
    21. Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator
    Notes
    Acknowledgments
    Contact Information

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    Praise for 21 Great Leaders
    “What a unique combination this book provides! You will discover an intriguing view of twenty-one world-class leaders followed by leadership lessons that will help you grow as an influencer. My friend Pat Williams has written a leadership classic.”
    John C. Maxwell New York Times bestselling author

    “More and more I am convinced that one of the best ways to teach leadership is through the use of stories. When it comes to storytelling, no one does it better than Pat Williams. His newest book, 21 Great Leaders, is a tour de force that integrates leadership stories and lessons that will help anyone with the practical insights they can put into practice.”
    John Baldoni Internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach Author of MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership and Lead with Purpose.

    “Pat Williams’ new book 21 Great Leaders is magnificent. The stories are fascinating and the leadership lessons at the end of each chapter will prove invaluable to leaders at every level.”
    Frances Hesselbein President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    “Leadership may be an elusive commodity these days, but this highly useful collection will serve to remind leaders and would-be leaders alike that they need only look again to proven leaders of the past for the lessons and inspiration they need to face modern challenges. This primer should be read by everyone who aspires to manage and influence others.”
    Harold Holzer Chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

    “All Americans who love their country can benefit from this important book. Although most political dogs in government are probably too old to learn new tricks, the nation might return to its former glory if they emulated the great leaders Pat Williams describes so brilliantly.”
    Harlow Giles Unger Author of John Marshall, The Chief Justice Who Saved the Nation

    “Wow! What a compelling collection of leaders who personify leadership excellence at the highest level.”
    John Swofford Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner

    “In these difficult times, we all need to step up and lead. Pat Williams uses 21 Great Leaders to show us how.”
    Dr. Larry J. Sabato Director, UVA Center for Politics Author of The Kennedy Half Century

    “Plutarch, who wrote the biographies of every great man in the ancient world, said their virtues were like a ‘looking-glass, in which I may see how to adjust…my own life.’ Pat Williams holds up twenty-one great men and women from George Washington to Bill Gates as mirrors for our time. Look at them, and learn.”
    Richard Brookhiser Author of Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
    “Pat Williams asks us to join him in observing excellent leadership in twenty-one men and women from across the political spectrum. He has an eye for the revealing anecdote, an ear for different voices, and a knack for storytelling.”
    Joseph J. Ellis Author of Founding Brothers

    “Whether you are involved as a leader in sports, business, or your family, you will find immense value in Pat Williams’ book, 21 Great Leaders. It’s a great read full of fantastic stories and practical advice that will increase your influence. You will not be disappointed in this investment into your leadership library.”
    Mike Slive Southeastern Conference Commissioner

    “21 Great Leaders is a thoughtful and insightful reflection on the lives and lessons of leaders—recent and distant—who’ve made a meaningful difference. Pat’s near encyclopedic knowledge of history and leadership, and his extraordinary personal experience as a leader and coach, give this book an authenticity that is incomparable. 21 Great Leaders is at once a deep meditation and a practical guidebook that you will find useful in becoming the best leader you can be.”
    Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner Coauthors of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge

    INTRODUCTION

    THE SEVEN SIDES OF LEADERSHIP

    A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
    JOHN C. MAXWELL

    My most memorable year as a father was the year we had sixteen teenagers living under the same roof. Every morning at seven, those sixteen teens would gather around our long dining room table for breakfast. I would sit at the head and look down the row of glazed eyes and uncomprehending expressions. I would step into my leadership role and try to get their minds engaged.
    We had a daily routine called “The Question of the Morning.” Every morning I came up with a new question—something to ignite a spark of cognition in the sleepy recesses of their brains. One morning my question was “Twenty years from now, what are you going to remember about your dad?”
    They whispered among themselves—then, David (a future marine) stood up as their spokesman. “Dad,” he said, “the thing we’ll all remember most is that you were always motivating us.”
    I had to laugh. My kids had found me out. They knew exactly what I’d been doing: motivating and inspiring them to function together as a team, to work hard in school, to play hard in sports, to keep their rooms neat, to stay out of trouble, to get real with God, and to set high goals for their lives.
    In short, I had been practicing leadership in the home.
    The point is this: we all are leaders in some arena of our lives—on a national stage, in the workplace, on the campus, or in the home. So we had better give some thought to our leadership roles. We had better find out what leadership demands of us and how to become more effective and influential as leaders.
    That’s why I wrote this book—and I believe that’s why you’re reading it.

    WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?
    If you’re like most people, you have leadership responsibilities in dozens of arenas in your life—in your home, your profession, your community, your religious life, and your neighborhood. You have a leadership role to play in your blogging and social media, your advocacy for political and social causes, and your service on committees, boards, and juries.
    I define leadership as “the ability to achieve difficult, challenging goals through other people.” Leadership is an attractive quality that people recognize in an individual who has developed a certain set of traits and skills. Leadership is not bossing people around or manipulating people. Rather, leadership is inspiring people to achieve what they want to achieve but could never achieve without the influence of an inspiring, guiding individual.
    There are very few “born leaders,” people who are genetically gifted with leadership ability. Most leaders are made, not born—and that’s good news for you and me. This means leadership can be learned. Leadership ability, including that elusive quality known as “charisma,” can be studied and practiced.
    Our world is crying out for leaders. Who should the next leader be? The person next to you? The person behind you? Nope, you’re it. You’re the next business leader, community leader, youth leader, or civic leader our world is looking for.
    After decades of study and experience, I’ve concluded that the essence of leadership comes down to seven key ingredients—the Seven Sides of Leadership:
    1. Vision. The first task of leadership is envisioning a clear idea of what you want to achieve then inspiring your people to transform your vision into reality.
    2. Communication skills. Next, the leader must be able to communicate the vision to the team or organization. Communication skills are essential to leadership.
    3. People skills. Great leaders have the people skills to help people feel confident, energized, and motivated to achieve great things. People skills are vital tools of influence that can be learned and improved with practice.
    4. Character. Good character is essential to trust. People decide whether or not to follow you based on whether or not they perceive you to be a person of good moral character.
    5. Competence. People are willing to be led by those with proven competence as leaders. The word competence encompasses the word compete. Competent leaders make organizations competitive.
    6. Boldness. Boldness is a form of courage, the willingness to take reasonable risks in order to achieve worthwhile goals. Boldness is not recklessness or throwing caution to the wind. A bold leader seizes timely opportunities, acts firmly and decisively, and avoids second-guessing. The confidence of a bold leader inspires optimism throughout the organization.
    7. A serving heart. An authentic leader is not a boss but a servant. Followers don’t exist to serve the leader; the leader exists to serve, empower, equip, motivate, and inspire the followers. Serve them well, and they will turn your leadership vision into a reality.
    Some people are naturally gifted with some of these traits, but I’ve never known anyone who was born with all seven. Fortunately, the Seven Sides of Leadership are learnable skills. We can acquire them and improve them with practice. The more complete we become in all seven of these traits, the more effective we will be in every leadership arena of our lives.

    HOW TO USE THIS BOOK?
    This book consists of twenty-one leadership biographies. Almost every one of these leaders has had a powerful impact on the way we live our lives today. If George Washington or Abraham Lincoln had never lived, if Walt Disney or Steve Jobs had not persevered through setbacks and failures, if Rosa Parks had surrendered to injustice, or if Pope John Paul II or Ronald Reagan had not survived their 1981 assassination attempts, we would be living in a very different world today.
    Almost every one of these twenty-one leaders exemplifies all Seven Sides of Leadership (I say “almost,” because I see Steve Jobs as a fascinating exception). I could have easily placed Walt Disney in the boldness category, yet I think he best exemplifies a leader of vision. Ronald Reagan foresaw a world beyond Soviet Communism, and that marks him as a man of vision—yet he is justly known as the Great Communicator, so I have placed him in the communication category. Franklin D. Roosevelt was certainly a bold leader, a man of visionary ideas, and a leader who communicated brilliantly through his “fireside chats,” yet a close inspection of his career shows that he led largely through his people skills.
    None of these leaders was perfect as either a leader or a human being (though two have been beatified as saints). I don’t hesitate to show their flaws, because we can learn as much from mistakes and failures as we can from successes. Here are twenty-one flesh-and-blood human beings like you and me. We can emulate their virtues, learn from their flaws, identify with their struggles, and take away lessons that will transform our leadership lives. If you want to lead a team, a company, an industry, or a nation, why not learn from the best?
    At the end of each chapter, you’ll find a list of leadership lessons I’ve drawn from the life of each leader. As you read, you may discover some additional insights of your own (if so, please write and share them with me!). The twenty-one leaders in this book are the best the leadership world has to offer. The lessons of their lives and the genius of their words are here to be plucked and savored straight from the vine.
    Discover these rich lessons, apply these insights to your leadership life—then go make some leadership history of your own!
    Pat Williams
    Orlando, Florida
    January 15, 2015

    About the Author
    Pat Williams is a motivational speaker, author of 90 books, and cofounder and senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Named one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history, he is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts and won a league championship as general manager of the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers. Pat and his wife, Ruth, are parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations. An Army veteran, former minor league baseball player, and host of three radio programs, Pat also teaches Sunday school in his Orlando church.
     

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