I’ve studied successful people for forty years, and though the diversity you find among them is astounding,
I’ve found that they are all alike in one way: how they think! That is the one thing that separates successful
people from unsuccessful ones. And here’s the good news. How successful people think can be learned. If you
change your thinking, you can change your life!
Likewise, the literature on leadership is enormous and expanding apace. A search of the Amazon.com website in the spring of 2003 using the single word ‘leadership’ netted an overwhelming 11,686 results. This testifies, if nothing else, to the cultural significance of this concept at least in the minds of authors, archivists and editors. Notably, however, a search of ‘leadership and development’ only secured 4.8 per cent of the total results. This suggests that the ways in which leadership qualities might be produced carry considerably less popular appeal than the wider leadership mystique.
The knowledge base is growing (in fact exponentially), information technology does operate faster and requires less and less space, the economy is global and interdependent. Short is not the only one to attest to these notions. In fact, one widely referenced source which highlights these ideas as fact is Thomas Freidman’s (2005) The World is Flat. Pink stated likewise in his 2008 address to the NASSP convention audience: technology and off-shore outsourcing will increasingly continue to replace routine work where there are clear black and white answers and logical sequentially reached solutions. For instance, witness the recent
development and explosive sales of software products such as those to complete one’s taxes or basic legal documents.
According to Bersin & Associates study entitled “High-Impact Leadership Development” (2008), an organizational focus on leadership development results in:
• Becoming 84 percent more effective at raising the quality of the leadership “pipeline;”
• A 73 percent increase in employee retention;
• A 67 percent increase in the ability of the organization’s members to work collaboratively; and,
• A 66 percent improvement in the organization’s results.
About the Author – Dr. Elvis Ukpaka
Dr. Elvis Ukpaka is a Leadership Expert. As a renowned Leadership Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, and Coach, Elvis has helped transform the leadership direction for many corporate organizations, governmental bodies, religious bodies, schools, and individuals through his leadership empowerment programs. Elvis holds a B.Com (Hons.) Marketing from Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa; Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, Virginia Beach, USA and Doctorate degree in Strategic Leadership, from Regent University in Virginia Beach, USA. Elvis is the Lead Consultant at Visiondrivers Management Consulting – a leadership consulting firm based in Lagos.
This book is specially designed to make you uncomfortable in your comfort zone, to stir you up to anger (not necessarily against others) and make you challenge the status quo, so you can refuse to remain in one spot. Enough of average mentality!