Based on interviews with 30 CEOs, Being A Leader With Courage: How To Succeed In Your C-level Position In 18 Months Or Less by Lee Eisenstaedt will help anyone currently in the C-Suite or aspiring to move up in an organization. The motivation for conducting the interviews was the author's interest in understanding why, for the past 20 years, 40%-50% of executives fail, quit, or are pushed out during the first 18 months in a new position.
Christine Robins, President and CEO of Char-Broil, LLC was among the executives interviewed for the book. This is what she has said about it:
"Being A Leader With Courage offers pragmatic, easy to understand advice on making a difference as a leader. Unlike the books that deal with a leader’s character and other soft skills, Lee has chosen to focus on behaviors and practical approaches that accelerate the alignment of an organization or team around a few initiatives that will make a difference. Any leader or manager will benefit from the ideas in this easy-to-read book."
Among the other CEOs who Lee interviewed are: Gay Gadis, CEO and Founder of T3, the largest woman-owned advertising agency in the U.S., Adrienne Stevens, President of Notions Marketing Corporation, the world's largest distributor of of creative arts products, and John Borling, retired Major General of the United States Air Force whose 37-year military career included being the Head of Operations for Strategic Air Command (SAC).
The proven, practical ideas in the book can be applied immediately and will allow the reader to make a larger impact even sooner than expected. This impact includes being more successful at developing and implementing strategic and operating plans.
Patrick O'Brien, CEO of Paris Presents, Inc. and Chairman and Co-Founder of Patina Solutions, another executive interviewed for the book noted that:
"Being A Leader With Courage does an outstanding job at reminding us of the key lessons many of us learned on our career journeys. The ideas in the book can be applied to any type of organization — large and small, for profit and non-profit, publicly held and privately owned, etc. Overall, Lee’s goal is to accelerate personal development for current and aspiring leaders to help them make a bigger impact, sooner than expected."
The book also includes a free on-line self assessment that takes five minutes to complete. It is designed to improve self-awareness and identify the blind spots leaders and managers may want to work on to increase the impact they have on their businesses.
"I thoroughly enjoyed your (book), especially...the categories you defined for CEOs to prioritize and align with to lead, succeed, and create significant impact in an organization. Yours is a terrific approach, especially when accompanied with the self-assessment tools and feedback."
Donna Adam CFP, CAP
DMA Consulting Group
"It's a fantastic read and I recommend (it) to all who would like some insight on how to be an effective leader."
Formeller & Formeller, LLP