Sunday, July 23, 2017

Be A Remarkable Leader – From Bud to Boss

From Bud to Boss
I’m so excited to tell you about a new leadership book that came out in February.  You are going to want to read this book, whether you’ve just transitioned into a formal leadership position or you’ve been in leadership for a while and want to brush up on your skills. 

What is this book that has me so excited, you ask.  It’s called “From Bud To Boss” (published by Wiley imprint Jossey-Bass) and is written especially for someone who has just been promoted to a managerial position.  Kevin Eikenberry is a friend of mine on Twitter, and contributors to the Lead Change Group I also write for occasionally.  His co-author, Guy Harris is a trainer and coach, and blogs at The Recovering Engineer about a variety of leadership themes.  Kevin and Guy are also leaders; amazing leaders.  They believe strongly in leading from the heart, and being authentic in all you do.  

I was particularly thrilled to see that one of the first things they ask you to do is celebrate your success, and recognize that there are many who believe in you – otherwise you would not have been promoted.  They also took that giant leap to assure you that you too can be a remarkable leader – if you are willing to put in the effort to work hard to become that person.   This is something I tell all my clients here at Collaborative Transitions Coaching.  Everyone has the ability to be an extraordinary leader – it requires desire,  the belief that you can succeed and the willingness to put in the time and effort to make it happen.

This book is particularly timely.  This is the time of year you see promotions taking
place as year-end reviews are being wrapped up and goals are being put into place for the coming year.  What better time to get this book in the hands of your newly promoted managers!  It’s perfect for coaching and mentoring between a new supervisor and their manager, providing an opportunity for growth for both.

The arrangement of the book is great for structured mentoring as well.  Sections start with brief assessments so that you might gather information on your skill sets, check lists so you might keep track of what you are doing, along with action steps at the end of most chapters.  Remarkable Principles are sprinkled throughout, along with Bonus Bytes which can also be found at http://www.BudtoBossCommunity.com/join-now.  The style is humorous, down to earth, and very friendly. 

Their leadership toolbox is chock full of ideas about managing change,  communication, coaching, collaboration and commitment.  This is a very full toolbox!  Once you have taken this in, you might also want to consider trust –  trust within your team and organization.  In addition, you will want to bear in mind that accountability and getting results,  while implied within the context of the book, are key to being a successful leader.   Trust is the foundation of every successful endeavor.  It opens lines of communication, and creates clarity for all involved.  Remembering to hold yourself accountable, as well as your team, ensures the best results possible when all are working closely together. 

I encourage all leaders, especially new leaders, to read this book, and then go to the online Bud-to-Boss community.  Be sure to let Kevin and Guy know what you think!  I’m excited about a new book, leadership ideas presented from a different perspective and some introspection about what makes leadership work.

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