The DNA of Leadership: Creating Healthy Leaders and Vibrant Organizations
The DNA of Leadership: Creating Healthy Leaders and Vibrant Organizations, by Myron Beard and Alan Weiss, grew out of the authors’ more than 50 years’ combined work with executives. Based on long-term consulting relationships and formal assessments of thousands of executives across industries, our evaluations have uncovered several behaviors that are critical for success in leadership roles—and, without which, a leader is likely to fail.
In this book, we present a step-by-step guide for leaders to master their behaviors to become successful, including recommendations, case studies, exercises, and humorous examples. This book comes from personal, real-life experience and is not simply based on one-time interviews, academic research, or a “review of the literature.” The DNA of Leadership is practical and realistic. At the end of each chapter, we present a unique “Coach’s Corner,” summarizing the preceding content and providing specific suggestions for leadership development. In addition, we have created a leadership survey to help readers identify areas of expertise and opportunities for growth.
This book is aimed at business executives and leaders at all levels, students in MBA programs and upper-level undergraduate business majors, and anyone looking for a practical guide to transform their leadership ability for maximum success.
Myron Beard is a business psychologist who has worked internationally with hundreds of executives and companies, such as Western Union, First Data Corporation, Coors, and Kiewit Corporation. He has the unique background of being a psychologist who has run businesses and business functions. He is an expert in transforming businesses through restructuring, developing effective strategies, managing mergers and acquisitions, repositioning and reorganizing companies to meet their growth objectives, planning for leadership succession, and evaluating and consulting with executives for developing high-performing teams. He is regularly sought after for his expertise by boards of directors, Fortune 250 executives, and executives of other publicly traded, privately held, and family-owned companies. He has written numerous articles, book chapters, and books about his approach to business transformation.
Alan Weiss is one of those rare people who can say he is a consultant, speaker, and author and mean it. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, Times Mirror Company, the Federal Reserve, The New York Times Company, Toyota, and over 500 other leading organizations. He has served on the boards of directors of the Trinity Repertory Company, a Tony Award–winning New England regional theater, Festival Ballet, and chaired the Newport International Film Festival.
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