Bootstrap Leadership

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Meet Steve Arneson, the author of

Bootstrap Leadership

50 ways to break out, take charge, and move up

Nobody is really prepared to be a leader, In fact, many leaders never even planned on becoming one–it was just the next logical step in their careers. That’s why there are so many books on leadership. So why one more? Because too many books take too narrow a view. They tell you to focus on your particular strength, which is only a part of the story. What you really need is a broad perspective on all behaviors needed to be an effective leader.

The 8 Dimensions of Leadership offers both. Listen to their insights. On April 29, 2011, Susan Stamm interviewed the authors: Jeffrey Sugerman, Mark Scullard and Emma Wiilhelm. The authors refer to a personalized leadership map. You may contact The TEAM Approach for your own free leadership assessment. To request your free leadership map click here.

Based on the recently developed third generation of the DiSC personality assessment–one of the oldest, most widely used, and most scientifically validated tools available– The 8 Dimensions of Leadership identifies eight individual leadership styles.

By taking a basic version of this assessment online, you can find out if you are a Pioneering, Energizing, Affirming, Inclusive, Humble, Deliberate, Resolute, or Commanding leader. The authors help you understand the psychological drivers, motivations, and “blind spot” characteristic of each style.

But no one style will take you all the way. A Humble leader may have a hard time making tough decisions. A Commanding leader may run roughshod over people who could be allies. After another assessment to point out the specific areas you need to work on, the authors detail the lessons all leaders can learn from each style. You may always be essentially a Deliberate leader, but to succeed you need to know when you should be a little more Pioneering. This book shows you how to develop a truly multidimensional leadership approach.

After reading The 8 Dimensions of Leadership, you will be able to craft your own approach to leadership–exploring the strengths and challenges of all eight leadership styles–to become the leader you aspire to be. After hearing this podcast, you may learn even more about the dynamic uses of the DiSC family of profiles at The TEAM Approach. And be sure to check out the Free stuff pages by clicking on the menu at the top of this podcast page. There, you will find several related tools.

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