2015 Finalist for Business & Economics INDIEFAB Award
Leadership Briefs challenges leadership practitioners to: (1) Shape an organizational culture that accelerates the development of emerging leaders who will be needed for business expansion and succession planning and (2) Stretch the leadership capacity of existing leaders by identifying competencies needed in current roles to more effectively achieve anticipated outcomes. The strategic challenge is to identify the competencies that uniquely define the leadership profile of the organization and assess leaders against that profile. The Assess Learn and Grow model articulates the pathway to move from vision to reality. Leadership Briefs is written for the sustaining leader who is looking for practical insight and applicable solutions that can be immediately implemented to solve these leadership challenges.
Dick Daniels is the president of the Leadership Development Group. An entrepreneurial founder of three organizations he is a leadership strategist with a passion to help organizations unravel the complexities of developing engaged leaders. Daniels' Assess Learn and Grow model assists companies in the design of structures and systems that accelerate leadership development for emerging and seasoned leaders. He is an executive coach and has also led a CEO Roundtable that met one day a month for four years to address shared leadership challenges. The Leadership Development Group on Linkedin's Groups is hosted by Daniels with more than 10 000 global members sharing best practice insights on strategic leadership development topics. He is a member of the Center for Creative Leadership's Leading Insights Online Panel as well as the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council an opt-in research community of business professionals.
"Leadership is not just a state of mind. It's a state of action. In Leadership Briefs Dick Daniels gives you actionable ideas of how to be a better leader and a better role model for future leaders." -Craig Leipold Owner Minnesota Wild St. Paul Minnesota
"Yet another book about how to be a good leader? Hardly. Dick Daniels has captured the joy and the pain of being an effective leader and how to channel both those emotions towards a higher performing team and organization. Leadership Briefs is about connecting your own experience with best practices and keen observations. Use this as a handbook not as bedtime reading." -Dr. Matt Kramer President and CEO St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce St. Paul Minnesota
"There are many books on leadership. Here is the one you need to read. Why? From my studies and experience it is truth it is concise and it elaborates enough to bring understanding. If you wish to improve your leadership skills in the economic sphere the governance sphere the sphere of your beliefs or all three you will be thrilled about how much you learn from Leadership Briefs." -Albert H. Quie Former Minnesota Governor and Congressman Minnetonka Minnesota
"In short order Daniels covers a broad array of leadership solutions! Leadership Briefs is on target and gives actionable strategies for becoming a trusted leader. Daniels' principles will help leaders become more successful." -David Horsager author of national bestseller The Trust Edge speaker consultant and CEO Horsager Leadership Inc. St. Paul Minnesota
"Over the years I have greatly appreciated the work of Dick Daniels and his Leadership Development eLetters. The content has been profound but presented in an easy-to-reference and easy-to-read format. Each letter has been intensely practical. More than leadership ideas and philosophy Dick provides insightful and tested principles and practices that work. In addition to taking them to heart I have passed on the letters to leaders in other organizations. I am excited about Leadership Briefs." -David Veerman Chief Creative Officer Livingstone: The Publishing Services Division of Barton-Veerman Company Wheaton Illinois
"Leadership in the military is forged through a series of crucible events from the moment one enlists or is commissioned and lasts until one retires from service. Leadership Briefs is significantly applicable in helping understand the dynamics of leadership and the challenges of being an effective leader at any level within a military or civilian organization. Leadership Briefs provides a useful framework for anyone to better understand their leadership capability as well as the importance of creating a culture where their leadership style is most effective." -Major Aaron D. Krenz Minnesota National Guard Cottage Grove Minnesota
"I could have used this book 30 years ago-and saved myself and my team members from unnecessary leadership pain! Every chapter begs to be discussed and implemented in a weekly staff meeting. The chapter on delegation is worth the price of the book. I've already borrowed his memorable outline: Think Talk Act and Ask. Brilliant!" -John Pearson President of John Pearson Associates Inc. and Author of Mastering the Management Buckets San Clemente California
"'Practical and People-centered' are the words that describe Leadership Briefs. This work is comprehensive and it puts a human face on the subject. It is your personal guide on how to lead as if people matter including such important topics as corporate culture character building and developing emerging leaders." I recommend reading a brief per day. And when you finish you will need to start all over again. -Dr. Richard L. Gathro Director Washington DC Program Pepperdine University Washington D.C.
"The humility concept within Leadership Briefs is fantastic and empowering. It starts with the premise of leaders learning through mistakes. How true for us all yet how uncomfortable. Each leadership topic is succinctly defined into one page that packs in action-oriented content. This book covers the spectrum of leadership development including elements I never considered having an impact on my organization. The digestible format allows for consuming the content at your own pace keeping it truly brief or diving much deeper. I'm planning to read this a few times." -Mark Morse CEO and Chief Creative Officer MorseKode Minneapolis Minnesota
"Dick Daniels' Leadership Briefs is filled with references and transformational moments. It is "the source" for strong inspiring leadership: Comprehensive eloquent yet precisely written for those who dare to lead! I highly recommend Leadership Briefs timely and relevant to our times." -Angela RM Crane M.D. Board Certified Internist Healthcare Boston Massachusetts
"'Keep your arms straight and your knees bent.' You can learn to water ski the hard way or take advice from those who already know how to do it well. Leadership Briefs is a handbook of tips on doing leadership well. Why not do it the easy way and take tips from those who do it well? Thanks Dick Daniels for compiling these ideas for us!" -Steve Saint Founder and President ITEC Dunnellon Florida
"'Everyone wins when a leader gets better.' is a phrase Bill Hybels often uses. Daniels' book Leadership Briefs is a tremendous resource for anyone who wants to lead better. It gives practical actionable and tested ideas based on his many years of helping organizations succeed. It's more like a handbook for frequent reference rather than a book to be read and put on a shelf." -Gary Schwammlein President Willow Creek Association South Barrington Illinois.
"I recommend Leadership Briefs both for seasoned leaders who want to grow their leadership and for young people who one day want to step up and lead. This book is filled with insights ideas and practical next steps. The format is perfect for use in team development settings. I will use it as a reference book in years to come." -Dr. Lise T. Sagdahl Project Manager The Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim Norway.
"Having read through quite a few leadership books over the years I have seldom encountered a book that makes me stop and ponder in depth like Leadership Briefs. A perfect book to use as you develop your leadership skills over time. Leaders are made not born and this book will certainly help you and your team in the process." -Leif Ingvald Skaug CEO Compassion Scandinavia Mysen Norway
"Daniels' Leadership Briefs landed on my desk just before I was named interim President and CEO of the Character Education Partnership. What perfect timing for such a useful tool-short thoughtful pieces on various aspects of leadership. I found myself reading several short selections a day and reflecting on the relevance of each message. I can see using Leadership Briefs as staff development conversation starters." -Rebecca Sipos CEO Character Education Partnership Washington D.C.
"As a former leader in a Fortune 500 company I thought I knew everything on leadership. It became clear to me that Leadership Briefs is more than just another leadership book. It is a blueprint a shift in thinking giving the reader an advanced degree in leading in this post-modern era. Every leader and emerging leader needs to read it study it and implement it immediately." -Simon T. Bailey CEO Brilliance Institute Inc. and author of Release Your Brilliance Windermere Florida
"Leadership Briefs is like good wine. Dick has been around long enough to see all the fads flows and flaws of leadership. His ideas are well balanced mature and integrated with a deep awareness of leadership in an emerging world. It's a nice pairing of philosophical and practical and is written in a very digestible form. Thank you!" -Dr Theo Geyser - Cultural Architect InVia Cape Town South Africa
"Leadership Briefs is the most practical and accessible book on leadership I've had the pleasure to read. Don't be misled by it's apparent simplicity. Daniels asks tough and searching questions which are truly thought provoking!" - Julia Bickerstaff Founder The Business Bakery Author of How to Bake a Business Sydney Australia