In a fascinating new book published this week, entrepreneur and business consultant Eric Douglas draws on his work with large and small corporations, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations to share a powerful equation: Trust + Spark = Leadership Culture.
The equation boils down a simple but profound truth: highly effective leaders focus on building trust and generating innovation (spark). In The Leadership Equation, Douglas expands the equation into a Grand Theory of Organizational Excellence, consisting of five trust practices and five spark practices.
A Summary of the Ten Key Practices
Practice #1: Align the Core Values
Practice #2: Sharpen the Focus
Practice #3: Lead Through Others
Practice #4: Manage Decisions Well
Practice #5: Start With Yourself
Practice #6: Accelerate the Pace of Change
Practice #7: Stimulate Creative Flow
Practice #8: Spread Systems Thinking
Practice #9: Multiply the Communication
Practice #10: Be an Agent of Change
As the author shares these practices, he reveals both the fundamental systems at work in high-performing companies and the specific day-to-day things that 21st-century leaders must do to sustain high levels of success. As Douglas clearly shows, when trust and spark combine in the leadership equation, leaders improve the performance of their team, their business unit, and the entire organization-and, ultimately, reach their own full potential.
“What builds great organizations? Eric Douglas has gifted us all with the answer and the roadmap in The Leadership Equation. Implement his principles and you’ll find yourself the leader of a powerful, hyper-creative, high-achieving organizational culture!”
-Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and global bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“In The Leadership Equation, Eric helps you engender trust among your team as you spark their innovation drive. With 70 percent of employees describing themselves as disengaged or actively disengaged, this valuable book couldn’t come at a better time.”
—Jason Jennings, New York Times bestselling author of The Reinventors, Think Big, Act Small; and Less Is More
“The Leadership Equation brings together culture and innovation and shows how to build successful organizations with an easy and actionable set of practices.”
—Tony Davila, coauthor of The Innovation Paradox and Making Innovation Work
“This is a great book and a great read. It describes what moves us at our core as human beings and how to inspire leadership throughout an organization.”
—Anne Stausboll, CEO, CalPERS
Get a Free Workshop on “The Leadership Equation”: You can schedule a free 1-hour talk with author and executive strategist Eric Douglas if you buy 15 or more copies of his new book. It’s a great idea to help develop a management team or Board of Directors.
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