About the Book
A leader's biggest challenges is to inspire in others their enthusiastic engagement with a shared goal, whether to launch a new product, advance an important cause, improve financial performance, or resolve global challenges. And gaining enthusiasm often requires leaders to forge consensus on a path forward with stakeholders who have very different ideas. How can we increase success? Distinguished leadership educator Marilyn Gist says the critical element is leader humility- A deep regard for the dignity of others.
Leadership is a relationship, and humility is the foundation for all healthy relationships. Leader humility can increase engagement and retention. It inspires and motivates. Gist offers a model of leader humility derived from three questions people ask of their leaders: Who are you? Where are we going? Do you see me? She explores each of these questions in depth, as well as the six key qualities of leader humility: a balanced ego, integrity, a compelling vision, ethical strategies, generous inclusion, and a developmental focus.
Much of this book is based on Gist's interviews with a dozen distinguished leaders of organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Costco, REI, Alaska Airlines, Starbucks, and others. And the foreword and a guest chapter are written by Alan Mulally, the legendary leader who brought Ford back from the brink of bankruptcy after the 2008 financial collapse and whose work is an exemplar of leader humility.
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