Sooner or later, we are all called upon to lead. Whether at your job or in your home, in your community or in your church, one day you will need to step up and take control.
When that time comes, will you be ready?
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About the Book
Launching a Leadership Revolution shares the secrets of what it takes to build not just one leader, but a whole team of them. Those leaders will go out and find new leaders to influence, and the effects will eventually span the globe. Among other powerful insights and strategies for effective leadership, you’ll learn the 5 Levels of Influence:
Q & A with the Author
Launching a Leadership Revolution is co-authored by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. They offer a detailed examination of what defines a leader, the qualities necessary to fulfilling the role and the common path previous leaders have traveled toward achieving personal greatness. Chris was kind enough to share some additional insights when I reached out to him with some leadership questions.
I'm paraphrasing, but essentially the book suggests that you are a leader regardless of any position or title you hold. Can you talk a little about the long-term success of those that seek leadership for the perceived benefits of power versus helping solve problems?
Leadership is a term that means many things to many people. For some, it conjures images of people in authority who are assigned fancy titles, for others, it represents those born into roles of command. The reality, however, is that all of us are called upon to lead at some point, and many points, in our lives. Everyone must lead sooner or later. The question isn't whether or not one is a leader, but rather, when the time for leadership is required, will the person be ready? People lead in large and small ways throughout their lives. Most, however, aren't realizing the impact they are having and don't equip themselves as they should. This is the reason Orrin Woodward and I wrote Launching a Leadership Revolution: to equip people of all walks of life with the ability to lead more effectively.
You provide a leadership growth framework, Five Levels of Influence. Can you discuss how this might change based on where you are in the ascension process (just starting out versus seasoned professional)?
Leadership is a deep and fascinating topic. One reason for this is the many responsibilities leaders carry as they grow in influence. The nature of their work changes as they rise through what Orrin and I call The Five Levels of Influence. In the beginning, a leader is equipped with nothing more than his or her hunger to affect the status quo in a positive way. The first step is to become a student. This is Level One. Learning, however, is not productive until applied to some activity. This is where Level Two, performing, comes in. A budding leader applies what he or she learns to increase his or her ability to perform. This leads to Level Three, where the leader's performance example causes others to follow. This is the first-time leadership is occurring, as others are being influenced, and their behavior is affected. Level Four is more rare. It involves intentionally developing other leaders. By taking this step, a leader amplifies his or her influence by developing leadership ability in another. And finally, Level Five is the pinnacle. It involves systematically developing leaders who can develop other leaders.
If you could pinpoint one key piece of leadership advice you would share with our visitors, what would it be?
The biggest thing I would tell anyone regarding leadership is this: Find a cause to live for and give yourself to it wholeheartedly. This will birth a hunger inside you to be more effective in your pursuit. This hunger is the starting point of effective leadership.
About the Author
Chris Brady obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University (formerly GMI) and a master's degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering on General Motors Fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University. He conducted his Master's thesis at Toyohashi University, Japan. Mr. Brady co-wrote the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Weekly, USA Today, and Money Magazine best-seller, Launching a Leadership Revolution. He also authors a highly entertaining and popular blog, and has spoken to audiences of thousands around the world about leadership, success, and freedom.
Mr. Brady has been a long term member of the Policy Council of the Team, a leadership development service provider, and has functioned as its Director of All Brand Marketing since its inception. He has also appeared in Networking Times magazine, as well as special publications of Success and Success at Home. Mr. Brady is an avid motorized adventurer, private pilot, world traveler, community builder, author, speaker, humorist, historian, sports fan, and patriot. He has one of the world's most unique resumes; including experience with a live bug in his ear, walking through a paned-glass window, chickening out from the high-dive in elementary school, destroying the class ant-farm in third grade, losing a spelling bee on the word "use," jack-hammering his foot, and more recently - sinking his snowmobile in a lake. He and his wife Terri have four children and live the Rascal lifestyle in Michigan and Florida.
Together as Business Partners Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward were senior engineers in the automotive industry before connecting as business partners in an Internet commerce company. They have worked together for over a decade building a multi-million dollar business that has been recognized among the fastest growing in the industry for six straight years. They have spoken to audiences on four continents teaching business principles and success. Their first book, Leading the Consumer Rebellion, became a best-seller in its first year. Visit them at Launching a Leadership Revolution.
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