Now in paperback, this national bestseller is a proven, step-by-step approach that describes how, in today’s fractious, tumultuous world, your success as a leader cannot be only about achievement in your career or profession. You have to perform well in all domains of your life—work, home, community, and your private self (mind, body, and spirit) — and create harmony among these different parts over the course of your life.
The good news is that, contrary to conventional wisdom about “balance,” you don’t have to assume these domains are always competing in a zero-sum game. Total Leadership, now used in training and educational systems by organizations and schools world-wide, is a game-changing blueprint for how to perform well as a leader not by trading off one domain for another, but by finding mutual value among all four. It can be done! Stew Friedman shows you how to achieve these “four-way wins” as a leader who can be real, be whole, and be innovative.
With engaging examples and clear instruction, Friedman provides practical tools for using these proven principles to produce stronger business results, find clearer purpose in what you do, feel more connected to the people who matter most, and generate change that is truly sustainable because it’s good for your work, and your family, and your community, and for you personally.
Total Leadership, invented by Friedman when he was global head of leadership development at Ford Motor, based on years of research and testing, is a unique resource that shows how you can become more successful and satisfied in all dimensions of life by:
Total Leadership helped me tremendously to rediscover and reaffirm my core work values. For a journey to authenticity, this is the must-read road map for leaders and leaders-to-be.Jane Lin-Baden, CEO, Asia Pacific Isobar
Stew Friedman brings a new definition of leadership to every sector, with “four-way wins” that will inspire leaders at every level. A rare and moving guidebook for your journey to leadership.Frances Hesselbein, former CEO, Girls Scouts of the USA
Total Leadership is a practical guide to increasing one's productivity, efficiency, and impact.Business Insider
Stew Friedman accomplishes something quite rare in Total Leadership. Through a combination of gripping narratives and lucid descriptions of his framework, he points the way to enduring satisfaction for executives and others by uniquely connecting the richest aspects of their lives.Mitch Wienick, Partner, Kelleher Associates, Inc. and former CEO, CDI Corporation
Across nations and industries, leaders struggle to juggle the multiple aspects of their lives and meet the demands of an ever-growing list of stakeholders. Friedman calls an end to this zero-sum game. Time and time again, I have seen his method generate a great return for individuals and their organizations.Shlomo Ben-Hur, former VP, Leadership Development and Learning, BP International
Total Leadership is a rich and satisfying call to action. Tapping into his innovative work in executive education and work/family research, Friedman teaches us how to create productive work settings that also enable satisfying personal and family lives.Denise M. Rousseau, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
In Total Leadership Stew Friedman defines leadership in an exciting new way that can lead not only to greater success at work but also to greater success at home, in the community, and for yourself -- with each mutually reinforcing the other.Raymond Gilmartin, former CEO, Merck
Stew Friedman absolutely gets it. He is both a visionary and a much-needed advocate for a new kind of leadership in the twenty-first century. What an empowering book!Janet Hanson, Founder, 85 Broads
Total Leadership will help you build a life, not just a résumé. Stew Friedman has written the owner’s manual for all types of leaders, young and old, who aspire to both professional success and personal fulfillment.Tom Tierney, Chairman and Cofounder, The Bridgespan Group, and former CEO, Bain & Company, author, Give Smart
With a refreshingly simple approach to winning the daily struggle between family bliss and career satisfaction, Stew Friedman outlines clear and innovative solutions for better managing the competing demands of our lives. Engaging and inspiring.Anne Erni, Chief People Officer, Audible
In the future, being a leader will require new ways to integrate work with the rest of one’s life, resulting in more effective leadership and a more fulfilling life. Total Leadership points the way.Robert Reich, Professor, University of California at Berkeley, former U.S. Secretary of Labor
Destined to be a classic, Total Leadership is a remarkable book. I have studied leadership and led organizations for over twenty years. No other book has reshaped my thinking about leadership development as much as Total Leadership.David A. Thomas, President of Morehouse College
In a world of work-life trade-offs, Stew Friedman offers what most think impossible: a field-tested program that gives you not only what you want in business, but also what you want in life. Brilliant!Tim Ferriss, Author, The 4-Hour Workweek
Essential for developing sustainable leadership, Total Leadership concepts have extraordinary strength.Carlos Torres Vila, CEO, BBVA
Total Leadership is an excellent blueprint for optimizing time and energy across multiple domains [and] provides an invaluable methodology for analyzing and realigning priorities to maximize one’s full leadership potential.Captain Thomas, U.S. Marine commander, veteran of 200+ combat missions
Stew transformed my development as a leader and internet entrepreneur. The Total Leadership book and the exercises in it are equally powerful. I’m buying a copy for everyone in my company.Brett A. Hurt, CEO and Co-founder of Data.World, Founder of Bazaarvoice
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