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Bootstrap Leadership by Steve Arneson
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May 03, 2010 | ISBN 9781605093451

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“Steve Arneson knows what it takes to get the most out of your crew. His sensible and empowering advice is right for any leader navigating rough seas or calm.”
—D. Michael Abrashoff, author of It’s Your Ship and CEO of Grassroots Leadership

“This book provides some of the best advice out there on personal leadership development today—useful, concise and powerful.”
—Kevin D. Wilde, Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer, General Mills

“This is a remarkable book. It is smart, practical, and inspiring.  Don’t miss this one!”
—Linda Dunkel, President and CEO, Interaction Associates
“A refreshingly simple approach to leadership development—if you want to take your game to another level, Bootstrap Leadership will show you the way.”
—Tom Mathews, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Time Warner Cable
“This unique book provides a road map for all the hard work you have to do on your own—and let’s face it, only you can truly raise your game as a leader.”
—Ted Forbes, President and CEO, Darden School Foundation

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Dave Ulrich

Part One: How Are You Showing Up as a Leader?
1. Where Have You Been?: Document Your Leadership Journey
2. Build a Spider Web: Evaluate Your Working Relationships
3. Spin Around in a Circle: Make 3600 Feedback Work for You
4. Your Own Private Detective: Ask a Peer to Track Your Development
5. When the Student is Ready: Find a Mentor
6. Just Like the CEO: Create a Personal Board of Directors
7. Get in the Weight Room: Identify and Leverage Your Strengths
8. Go Back in Time: Ask Past Colleagues about Your Leadership
9. Is There Another Way?: Confront Your Hardest-Held Positions
10. How Am I Driving?: Develop a Vision, Mission, and Strategy

Part Two: Add Something New to Your Game
11. Break Out the Dictionary: Craft Your Own Definition of Leadership
12. Put it In Writing: Prepare a Leadership Development Plan
13. One Year at a Time: Develop One Leadership Skill a Year
14. What Is It That Only You Can Do?: Learn to Delegate
15. The Whistle and the Clipboard: Practice Your Coaching Skills
16. Hit the Books: Read Three Business Titles a Year
17. The Best Thinking Tools Ever Invented: Keep a Journal
18. I Have a Theory: Study Great Leadership Thinking
19. Once Upon a Time: Become a Great Storyteller
20. This is Me: Share Your Leadership Foundations

Part Three: Get Curious About the World around You
21. Take a Trip Around the World: Learn about Other Cultures
22. So This is What We Do: Learn the Business
23. Keep Tabs on Your Friends: Document Your Network
24. That Thing Called the Internet: Leverage Technology
25. Who Are These People?: Get to Know Your Team Members
26. Ask the Experts: Tap Vendors and Consultants for New Ideas
27. Scout the Enemy: Know Your Competitors
28. Go Back to School: Attend a Conference or Seminar
29. Road Trip!: Visit Innovative Companies
30. Bring It Home: Learn Something New – Outside of Work

Part Four: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
31. Get Outside the Circle: Practice New Leadership Behaviors
32. You’re Right and I’m Wrong: Admit Mistakes and Limitations
33. Become a Member: Join a Professional Network
34. Share Your Story: Organize an Internal Speaker’s Bureau
35. Tell the Boss You’re Bored: Take Charge of Your Own Career
36. Love the Numbers: Learn to Read Financial Statements
37. Build the Business Case: Give Great Presentations
38. A Healthy You: Bring Energy to Your Work
39. Write Your Own Screenplay: Imagine Yourself in Future Roles
40. Question Everything: Review Your Strategy Twice a Year

Part Five: It’s Not About You
41. It’s All About Them: Showcase Your People
42. Give Something Back: Help a Nonprofit Organization
43. What the Boss Needs to Hear: Provide Feedback up the Ladder
44. Extend Your Reach: Spend Time with Your Broader Team
45. Your Most Precious Resource: Set Priorities for Your Time
46. Step Up to the Podium: Teach a Course inside Your Company
47. Talk to Yourself: Ask Three Questions Every Day
48. Join the Volunteer Army: Donate Your Leadership Skills
49. The Best Advice Ever: Become a Better Listener
50. Welcome the New Guard: Write a Letter to Your Successor
Where Do You Go From Here?
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