Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders

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Penguin, Sep 3, 2009 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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"One of the best leadership books of the year."
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Leadership is the art of transforming how people think, feel, and act. Though some experts make it seem complicated, it really has only two elements: what you say and what you do. And according to Alan Deutschman, most leaders focus too much on words and not nearly enough on setting an example.

Deutschman profiles a wide range of leaders (in business, education, the military, and nonprofits) who always walked the walk, especially when times got tough. In a skeptical world, that gave them more credibility than even the best possible speeches.

Deutschman also shows the devastating consequences of not walking the walk, even on seemingly minor matters. Consider how the CEOs of GM and Chrysler hurt their chances of a government bailout by flying their private jets to Washington.

The eye-opening examples in Walk the Walk will inspire leaders at all levels.
 

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I would not recommend this book. That said I enjoyed the many examples he used to hammer home his few points on leadership. Unfortunately, the leadership traits were obvious and he treated the examples as if they completely proved his points when they did not. Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Chapter Three When You Walk the Walk You Show What Comes First
Chapter Five When You Walk the Walk You Gain a Firsthand View
Chapter Seven When You Walk the Walk You Take Steps That Every
Chapter Nine When You Walk the Walk You Inspire Belief
Afterword A Week of Walking the Walk
Index
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About the author (2009)

Alan Deutschman is a senior writer at Fast Company and the author of two previous books, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs and A Tale of Two Valleys. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife.

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