The Leadership Equation: 10 Practices That Build Trust, Spark Innovation, and Create High-Performing Organizations


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Eric Douglas, President of Leading Resources, has spent the last 25 years guiding government agencies, non-profits, and corporations through change. In his new book The Leadership Equation: Ten Practices that Build Trust, Spark Innovation and Create High-Performing Organizations he explains in detail how to strengthen the culture of an organization and set it on a path to sustainable growth.

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Here are some of the processes described in the book:

  • How to avoid the “silo-ization” that plagues large organizations like the VA
  • How to build trust through reciprocal communication
  • How to discover company core values and peg them to a scorecard
  • How to sharpen the organizational focus
  • How to make decisions data-centric, so it is easier to make tough decisions
  • How to create learning loops to achieve change at maximum speed
  • How to prepare for a crisis and build multiple communication pathways
  • How to build a leadership culture, where people “run it like they own it”

Douglas reveals a simple but profound equation: Trust + Spark = Leadership Culture.
Leaders and managers are most successful when they focus on building trust and sparking innovation. In The Leadership Equation, Douglas expands the equation into the 10 most important practices for building trust and spark.

A Summary of the Ten Key Practices

Build Trust Spark Innovation
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: Ask Powerful Questions

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 today’s leaders must do to sustain high levels of success. When trust and spark combine, leaders improve the performance of their team, their business unit, and the entire organization–and, ultimately, reach their own full potential.

Book Reviews

“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 New York Times 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 bestseller, 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 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 as human beings and how to inspire leadership throughout an organization.”

– Anne Stausboll, CEO, CalPERS