5 High-Level Leadership Models to Follow

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A leadership model is a high-level approach to providing effective guidance and decision making within an organizational structure. And, while names of the different leadership models may vary from one organization to another, they all revolve around one thing – key factors in decision-making.

If your organization is looking to breathe new life into its leadership structure, here are five practical leadership models to borrow from:

Lead with Humility – 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis
(Author, Jeffrey A. Krames)

Inspired by the modesty of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis’ style is anchored primarily on life in humility. A pragmatic leader who knows he’s in a position of influence, the Pope has a keen political and business acumen.

This book allows you to learn how Pope Francis developed his leadership style, why humility is the most important trait of a leader, and how organizations can successfully apply the Pope’s leadership style.

Leadership Blindspots – How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome The Weaknesses that Matter
(Author, Robert Bruce Shaw)

To inspire their followers, leaders need to demonstrate confidence in both their abilities and decision making while remaining open to change their way of thinking when necessary. In all of these, it’s important to be aware of the mental “blindspots” that could derail efforts. This can be a huge challenge considering that most leaders don’t even know when they encounter blindspots.

In one of the best business books you should read, Robert Bruce Shaw, a highly regarded management consultant, tells you how to identify and manage your blindspots.

Hello My Name is Awesome – Creating Brand Names That Stick
(Author, Alexandra Watkins)

Alexandra Watkins, a brand-name consultant, has all the answers to your brand name problems. Over the years, Watkins has helped hundreds of businesses craft and roll out brand names that lead to great success. In Hello My Name Is Awesome the consultant details methods for creating the best brand, corporate, and domain names while avoiding disastrous ones. Learn how to use the SMILE and SCRATCH test to assess your name and how you can develop a brief to help you with future naming activities.

F.I.R.E. – How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation
(Author, Dan Ward)

Project management is one of the biggest challenges for organizations. In this book, project management expert Dan Ward takes you step-by-step through the project management planning and execution processes, spicing up his tips with helpful management (literal) war stories and spark-plug references including Superman, Star Trek, and Tarzan School of Public Speaking among others. Learn why F.I.R.E. is the way to go and how to implement it in your organization.

The Butterfly Defect – How Globalization Creates Systematic Risk and What to Do About It
(Authors, Ian Goldin and Mike Mariathasan)

When a butterfly flaps its wings on one continent, the ripple effect will soon be felt on another – and that’s not always a good thing. One location many know what to do with what they’ve learned, another country’s leadership won’t have a clue. Who would be better placed to know about these issues than the former World Bank vice-president, Ian Goldin?

In The Butterfly Defect, you get to learn the threats people face in a globalized world and how these threats can spread in non-linear, unpredictable patterns until people on the other side are affected. So, how does globalization make the world more dangerous and what actions can you take? The Butterfly Defect answers all these questions.

Leadership is all about knowing the people in your organization and the world around you in general, and identifying what is best for you and your business. These five books offer an invaluable source of knowledge and inspiration that will impact your business.

Andy Franco
Freelance writer
Andy Franco is a freelance blogger who specializes in education, personal finance and business.

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