"Engaged Leadership is the best of both worlds: an engaging business story coupled with a primer on the practical skills all leaders need. In the book, Swindall provides many useful tools for successfully meeting twelve major leadership challenges. I recommend it."
—Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor and You Don′t Need a Title to Be a Leader
"This creatively inspiring book not only encourages the leaders of tomorrow, but also inspires the leaders of today to step up and meet the challenges of a changing world. Business leaders will find true substance at the core of each page."
—Nido Qubein, President, High Point University; and Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Co.
"Give this book to anyone aspiring to be an effective leader and you′ve put them ahead of the curve. Clint Swindall has done a masterful job of bringing leadership to life in a book that′s engaging and effective. Create a leadership culture in your company by getting this book now!"
—Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You′re Showing Off! and Becoming a Category of One
"This book is so engaging, you′ll forget you′re learning. If you only have time for one book this year, make it Engaged Leadership—you won′t be disappointed."
—Bradford D. Beldon, President and CEO, Beldon Roofing Company
"This book contains simple yet very effective management techniques that can improve every leader′s ability to inspire and get the most out of their employees. Swindall shows us what employees want from leaders and how leaders can motivate employees using practical yet effective stories."
—John Wight, President and CEO, BF&M Insurance Group
"This is a slam dunk by Swindall! What a powerful read for any team member of an organization. A fun, enjoyable, insightful, and impactful lesson on how to apply the key concepts of engaged leadership to move your team forward."
—Joe Clark, Vice President of Ticket Sales and Services, Spurs Sports & Entertainment
The Format 11
THE FABLE 15
EPILOGUE ONE YEAR LATER 145
THE APPLICATION OF ENGAGED LEADERSHIP 155
DIRECTIONAL LEADERSHIP 161
Challenge One: Recruit Support from the Top 29 Percent 165
Challenge Two: Prepare the Organization for Change 167
Challenge Three: Let Them Know How They Contribute 170
Challenge Four: Constantly Communicate Progress 174
MOTIVATIONAL LEADERSHIP 177
Challenge Five: Lead with Positive Motivation 180
Challenge Six: Celebrate Small Successes 183
Challenge Seven: Encourage Life Balance for All Employees 186
Challenge Eight: Create a Fair Work Environment 190
ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP 193
Challenge Nine: Identify and Position the Appropriate Talent 195
Challenge Ten: Build a Bridge between Generations 198
Challenge Eleven: Move toward Real Empowerment 200
Challenge Twelve: Establish a Strategy to Maintain Success 202
THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARACTER CORE 205
THE EMPLOYEE′S ROLE 211
About the Author 217