Summary of Your Leadership Story

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Negative stories about corporate leaders can damage their reputations and undermine their leadership impact. Leaders can’t lead without their colleagues’ regard. Monitor what people think of you, and be ready to replace whispered negative hearsay with positive facts. Prepare to tell a good “leadership story” about yourself in words and deeds. Marriott vice president and leadership development expert Timothy J. Tobin teaches you how to develop and convey your story. His worksheets, self-questions and resource appendix are very useful. Although some of his ideas may seem hard to implement – like asking your colleagues to assess your leadership and finding ways through your actions to tell a great story about yourself without blowing any faint reputation for a respectable level of humility – his message is solid: Leadership isn’t something you just do; it is something you must reflect on carefully. getAbstract recommends his advice to emerging and experienced leaders and to those who want to know more about how to shape their reputation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What elements a “leadership story” should have, and
  • How to construct and communicate your leadership story.

About the Author

Timothy J. Tobin is VP of global learning and leadership development at Marriott International.



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    Subramanian Chandramowli 3 years ago
    Perceptions by team tend to define your story irrespective of your intent behind actions. This abstract provides a way to align who you want to be as a leader with your actions.
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    Sander Kevin L 3 years ago
    I like it. Tell your leadership story and change it daily. A little comedy in your story doesn't hurt.
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    Jack Pierce 3 years ago
    Lots of value in this abstract, and I'm sure, in the book. For me, some of the steps are too "me" oriented and overt--like the 360 and enlisting others. I think the real power of a leader is in step 9: Actions Speak Louder Than Words. But a good leader is also deliberate, calculated and thoughtful--internalizing much of what is written here, so that the actions are on point and authentic.

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