The Intangibles of Leadership
It’s the Subtleties that Matter!
What is the real difference between a competent leader and an extraordinary executive? Is it pedigree, experience, intelligence? The answer is yes…and much more. Exceptional leadership hinges on a complex interaction between individual psychology and unique business needs. At the top rung of the ladder, where the dynamics are most complicated, subtle adjustments in style can produce outstanding results.
In his bestselling book, The Intangibles of Leadership, Management Psychologist Richard Davis, Ph.D., uncovers patterns in the attributes that truly distinguish those who succeed at the top. What he found was that extraordinary leaders possess certain characteristics that fall between the lines of existing leadership models, yet are fundamental to executive success. Davis explains each of these qualities, the people who exemplify them, how to detect them in others, and most importantly, how to develop the subtle characteristics that will enable them to stand out from the pack.
- It’s often better to aim for silver than for gold
- Playing hard to get attracts people to you
- It’s important to have a slightly inflated view of your abilities
- Your peripheral vision is so important
- It’s ok to get angry with your team
- So many extraordinary executives have gone through crises early in their lives
Based on over a decade of senior executive assessments, CEO interviews, and proprietary research, The Intangibles of Leadership shows today’s leaders how to develop the subtle characteristics that will differentiate them as great leaders in all fields.
Praise for The Intangibles of Leadership:
- Wall Street Journal
- Globe and Mail
- Harvard Business Review
Named a Best Business Book by Library Journal
“… A must read for all aspiring and existing leaders, whatever your field.” -Neville Roberts, Chief Information Officer, Best Buy
“…Davis has really nailed down in a practical yet very thoughtful way to really distinguish great leaders, how to identify them and, even more importantly, how to develop more of them. This book brings a tangible dimension to the intangibles of leadership.” -Stephane Charbonnier, Global Head of Talent Management, Towers Watson
“This is the most thoughtful book on leadership I have read. Instead of handing out the usual one-size-fits-all approach, Davis realizes that different situations require different kinds of leaders. Insightful, practical and readable, it is the best book on leadership available.” – Ford Harding, President, Harding & Company, and author of Creating Rainmakers.