The Work of Leaders Book



Product Description

The culmination of six years of research and development, The Work of Leaders presents a simple structure that neatly captures the complexity of contemporary leadership. The goal of this book is to make this wealth of leadership insight accessible to anyone who wants better results as a leader.

The work that leaders do—the work that really matters—is boiled down to three areas:

  • crafting a vision, 
  • building alignment, and 
  • championing execution.

Vision, Alignment, and Execution are "magic words." They strike a chord that turns the goal of leadership into tangible steps.

With passion and insight, the authors draw from the best-known leadership authorities, while leveraging their unparalleled access to data from thousands of leaders and followers and their connections to hundreds of organizational development consultants.

Interwoven with humor and drawing from real-world scenarios, The Work of Leaders distills leadership best practices into a simple, compelling process that helps leaders at all levels get immediate results.

To get a sense of what The Work of Leaders has to offer, we invite you to read some excerpts.

Chapter 1: Welcome to the Work of Leaders - This will give you an idea of how we approached our goal of creating a framework of leadership that is accessible and actionable for everyone, not just CEOs and executives. You'll be introduced to the cornerstone principles of the Work of Leaders.

Chapter 13: Championing Execution Through Momentum - This excerpt will give you an idea of how Momentum, one of the drivers for Championing Execution, can help you become a more effective leader. You'll see how we've included strategies for Being Driven and Initiating Action, along with Tips at the end of the chapter.

Product Features

  • Hard cover book
  • Written by: Julie Straw, Mark Scullard, Susie Kukkonen, and Barry Davis
  • Forwared by Barbara Stennes, Resources Unlimited's founder


“The Work of Leaders is a bright gem of a book. In a crystal clear and to-the-point style, the authors make leadership instantly accessible with a memorable model, rock solid fundamentals, original research, compelling stories, and highly practical tips for putting the principles to immediate use. There are invaluable lessons on every page, and you’ll enjoy discovering each one. We highly recommend The Work of Leaders to anyone who aspires to make extraordinary things happen in organizations.”

—JIM KOUZES AND BARRY POSNER, authors of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge