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Clinical psychologist Henry Cloud argues that no great leader succeeds alone. Everyone needs a trustworthy community of people who will listen to problems; sympathize; offer honest feedback; and provide support, respect and accountability. Cloud offers practical advice on how to use the “Four Corners” behavior patterns to avoid negative relationships and develop supportive “Corner Four” relationships. Although he occasionally refers to neuroscience research, his presentation and his very apt illustrative anecdotes largely depend on Cloud’s extensive leadership coaching experience. Though at times a bit redundant, Cloud emphasizes the importance of overcoming isolationist self-reliance in favor of developing supportive, positive relationships that contribute to your well-being and success. getAbstract recommends his approach to executives who want to develop strong working relationships and leaders who hope to instill a team-oriented culture.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to use the “Four Corners” behavioral model to develop great relationships and teams,
  • Why emotionally open relationships are crucial to your success, and
  • How to maintain relationships with people who support and encourage you.

About the Author

Clinical psychologist Henry Cloud has written 20 books, including several bestsellers. He is a Fortune 500 leadership consultant and coaches CEOs and executive teams.



Crucial Connection
Phrases like “Change your thinking, change your life!” or “Find the ‘power within’” misleadingly suggest that personal growth occurs in isolation from relationships. To the contrary, your overall well-being depends on your connections with other people. The family, friends...

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