The Lens of Leadership: Being the Leader Others Want to Follow

  • 4h 9m
  • Cory Bouck
  • Cory Bouck
  • 2013

The leadership exodus of the Baby Boomers is creating dramatically-accelerated promotions in organizations and leaving behind a significant leadership skills gap.

  • Do you aspire to build a truly high performance team?
  • Is your career not moving forward quickly enough?
  • Are you in a little over your head as a leader?

If so, this book can help!

All intentions, actions, and results should be viewed through what Cory Bouck calls "The Lens of Leadership" to bring focus to the leader's ultimate accountability for results. Doing so will magnify your personal performance, improve your organization's results, and accelerate your career progression. Failing to accept total responsibility sets low performance expectations, perpetuates a culture of mediocrity, and cripples the career opportunities of those you lead.

Whether you are an experienced leader with broad responsibilities, an early leader who wants to get ahead faster, or an aspiring future leader who wants to expand your influence, viewing your role through The Lens of Leadership will ensure that you deliver better results, get promoted faster, and inspire those around you.

In The Lens of Leadership, you will learn:

  • How to set yourself apart from your peers by developing an accountability mindset that consistently examines results through The Lens of Leadership.
  • How to earn a reputation for strong leadership at every level through your "followership."
  • How to act, paradoxically, as both a leader and follower at the same time throughout your career.
  • How to develop all of the must-have tools for your leadership toolbox.
  • How to increase your impact, develop more bench strength, and build a high performance team by learning to serve, build, and inspire others.

About the Author

Cory Bouck is the Director of Organizational Development & Learning (OD&L) at Johnsonville Sausage and is the author of The Lens of Leadership: Being the Leader Others Want to Follow, Aviva Publishing, New York.

Cory graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the top 1 percent of student leadership ranks. After earning his "wings of gold" as a Naval Flight Officer, he led a P-3 Orion combat aircrew, including missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina. He returned to the Naval Academy to serve as a leadership and ethics instructor.

Cory led successful brand and event marketing teams at General Mills, Newell-Rubbermaid, and Johnsonville Sausage. He joined Johnsonville's OD&L team to create internal leader-development programs. In three years, the internal promotion rate for leadership positions increased from 40% to 70%. Cory now leads the OD function, and is responsible for employee development, technical training, and executive coaching. He served two terms as an elected city councilman and is a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol.

In this Book

  • The Lens of Leadership─Being the Leader Others Want to Follow
  • Introduction
  • Using This Book to Improve Performance and Deliver World Class Results
  • Following is the First Form of Leading
  • Being Intensely Loyal
  • Living with Integrity
  • Making It Happen
  • Acting with Professionalism
  • Leading Is Noble
  • Acting Like a Leader─What Great Leaders Do
  • Leading is Serving
  • Giving Away Your Power─(To Get More Done!)
  • Building Your Leadership Brand
  • Recruiting and Hiring the Best Leaders
  • Being “Great” Isn’t Good Enough (So Be “Superlative!”)
  • Becoming Intentionally Agile─A Career is Not a Straight Line
  • Nurturing Your Network
  • Navigating Change like a Champion
  • Thinking like Your Boss’ Boss
  • Leading Is Teaching
  • Building the Future─The Ultimate Development Toolbox
  • Having Performance Conversations─Early and Often
  • Leading Your People to Be Like Hybrid Cars
  • Pushing Them Beyond What They Think They Can Achieve
  • Succeeding In Moments That Count
  • A Final Note