Summary of Lions Don't Need to Roar

Using the Leadership Power of Professional Presence to Stand Out, Fit In, and Move Ahead

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Lions Don't Need to Roar book summary
You don't need to roar if you know that you are a lion: so be distinctive, make a good first impression, and stay in complete control of yourself.


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Debra A. Benton’s book is a guide for making a better impression, exercising power effectively, and developing improved personal relationships at work. In any corporate culture, the goal is paradoxical: you want to fit in and stand out, at the same time. Based on her experience in working with business leaders as a coach, trainer, and consultant, Benton offers a variety of techniques that emphasize personal presentation and communication skills. While the book will appeal primarily to managers, these skills are useful to anyone who wants to get ahead. Benton combines a lively writing style with effective examples. The book includes useful summaries at the end of each chapter and a brief appendix. recommends it as an excellent book for anyone in a corporate culture, although there is some overlap with topics from Benton’s more recent work, How to Think Like a CEO.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How good leaders both fit in and stand out;
  • Why the first impression is what counts; and
  • How to make a great first impression.


The Key Qualities of Successful Managers and Executives
To be successful, it is not enough to be competent at what you do. To really be successful and to stay on the top in business, you must have a powerful presence, emotional impact, and an ability to get along with different types of...
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About the Author

Debra A. Benton is the head of Benton Management Resources. She provides advice and expertise on professional development to CEOs and managers. She is the author of How to Think Like a CEO.

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