Summary of The Truth About Being a Leader

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The Truth About Being a Leader book summary
If you want to unlock the door of leadership every week of the year, try these 52 key ideas.


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If you’ve read many leadership books, you may find that this compendium of common wisdom is more of a survey course than an in-depth revelation. Dr. Karen Otazo offers a year's worth of three-or-four page essays featuring leadership “truths.” Her appendix to these 52 entries suggests further reading on each topic. Otazo’s advice ranges from known verities to practical guidance to the occasional gem. If you want useful reminders or a handy rundown for a new leader, getAbstract thinks these tips will do the job nicely.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to become a better leader by heeding 52 ideas; and
  • Why leaders must always be aware of how they use power, structure their teams and relate to people.


The 52 Truths
Becoming a leader means recognizing and addressing your organization’s power structures, demands and expectations. As a leader, you are expected to inspire and guide people, and to help make your organization stronger. While every leader and each leadership position is different...
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About the Author

Dr. Karen Otazo is an executive coach with more than 25 years of experience with major corporate clients in the U.S., China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the U.K.

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