Summary of Reality-Based Leadership

Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses Into Results

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Reality-Based Leadership book summary
If the never-ending workplace soap opera drives you crazy, tune into reality instead.


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Drama is emotionally expensive. Making up stories based on judgments about your circumstances is human nature, but those stories chew up time and energy and warp your decisions. Leadership consultant Cy Wakeman presents a simple but powerful process for clearing away blame, excuses and unenthusiastic performance. Much of Wakeman’s advice is common sense, in keeping with her “reality-based” outlook. She challenges commonly held beliefs about employee management, most notably the idea that the workplace is a democracy. getAbstract recommends her hard-nosed insights to leaders who are ready to conquer the drama.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What questions to ask during a workplace drama,
  • How to walk away from your “story” and get unstuck,
  • How “Reality-Based Leaders” coach workers to act independently, and
  • How leaders teach employees to be “bulletproof” in the face of change.


Maybe It’s All in Your Head
Imagine yourself as an employee whose managers just promoted a co-worker who flattered the boss. You work harder, so you feel snubbed. In your mind, your workplace rewards political connections and ignores the people, like you, who contribute the most. But your...
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About the Author

Speaker, workshop trainer and consultant Cy Wakeman blogs for FastCompany.

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