How Smart Leaders Guide Teams to Great Results

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It teaches leaders how to invest their time and energy across their teams, to identify the unique leadership needs of each team member and to make smarter decisions.

The authors of this book point out that while every employee is different, many leaders use a one-size-fits-all approach to leading. Aside from failing to maximise each employee's potential, this approach leads to ineffective and inefficient management of teams, and higher stress levels for the leaders.

The idea of Lead Inside the Box gives leaders a way to get the best out of their teams by focusing their energy where it will make the biggest difference. It teaches leaders how to invest their time and energy across their teams, to identify the unique leadership needs of each team member and to make smarter decisions.

The book, Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide their Teams to Exceptional Results provides the leader with a "Leadership Matrix" designed to provide a means of achieving true behaviour change and efficient and effective leadership by focusing on distinct team member behaviour profiles. The tool allows the leader to tailor his or her style to each individual on the team.

The book’s outlining of the "Leadership Matrix" identifies four distinct team member profiles by describing input: leadership capital invested (low or high); and output: team member results (low or high). Those team members who are high input/low output are described as "Detractors." Low input/low output members are termed "Passengers," because they "are just along for the ride." Low input/ high output performers are called "Exemplars" as they are huge drivers of performance but do not demand a lot of the leader's leadership capital. Finally, high input/high output teammates are referred to as "High-Cost Producers," as they require a lot of attention from the leader yet also produce results. 

Some other points that the books makes are also very useful in a practical sense. The authors next give the leader directions on how to manage each subtype by identifying the correct type and amount of leadership capital to invest. For instance, unlocking motivation or filling skill gaps for Detractors; engaging or refocusing Passengers; working on internal promotion or nurturing in place Exemplars; and weaning or reducing friction for High-Cost Producers. 

BOOK DETAILS
Authors    : Victor Prince and Mike Figliuolo
ISBN-13    : 9781632650047
Publisher    : Career Press, Incorporated
Pages    : 288

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