Total Leadership

  • by Stewart D Friedman
  • Narrated by Stewart D Friedman
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What if you could improve your performance in the areas that seem to be most at odds with each other - work and life beyond work - at the same time? Most of us assume it can't be done. But contrary to the conventional wisdom, the different domains of our lives don't have to compete in a zero-sum game. However, managing them takes real leadership skill. Adapted from author Stew Friedman's popular Wharton School course, Total Leadership will help you identify your core values - what's fundamentally important to you - and make them come alive in your everyday actions at work, at home, in your community, and within yourself. By improving these areas of life simultaneously, you'll get more done with less stress. Friedman's approach has been pressure-tested by years of working with people at every level of experience, in companies large and small. His step-by-step instruction, engaging examples, and more than thirty hands-on tools will help you create sustainable change and achieve higher levels of performance in all parts of your life. Total Leadership offers a compelling new framework that enables you to:
Be real: Act with authenticity by clarifying what's importantâ¿¢ Be whole: Act with integrity by respecting the whole person

Be innovative: Act with creativity by experimenting to find new solutions

Gain greater clarity of purpose, accomplish more at work, and feel more connected to the people and causes that matter most to you. Leadership can - and indeed must - be learned. But first you've got to choose to lead. If you're going to make a difference, thinking of yourself as a leader will make it more likely that your legacy - not your fantasy, but the real impact of your life, today and in the long run - is the one you really want.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Too Many "Exercises" for an Audiobook

This book has strong exercises one can do to become a great leader, but as an audiobook it is very difficult, for me at least, to stop what I'm doing every 10-20 minutes to do an exercise. I suggest you buy it as a real book.

The author's performance as the reader is rough and hard to listen to. He should have hired a professional. Did none of his "Stakeholders" tell him this???

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- brent

Very disappointed

I had high hopes for this book based on recommendations from friends. The basic idea of integral leadership that combines work, personal and family life is sound. however, I felt the author fails to deliver value on top of the idea.

First, his tone of voice is very annoying: unnaturally low, condescending, uninteresting. At times it sounded like he wanted to get over with reading or was falling asleep.

One hour into the book the author was still evangelising the fantastic benefits from his method. Insted of tellin me how great you method is, just prove it.

Last, I did not find any insights or value in the book. The methods are very basic. Probably useful for someone very early in his or her career trying to decide what to do with their life. The book assumes that leadership comes from writing you plan down, balancing priorities and executing. It's not so simple. You need to start with a good plan.

This is one of the very few books I did not finish. After two hours I realized I was wasting my time. I fast forwarded to see if the book improved but it did not. Very dissappinted.
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- Gerardo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2009
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC