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The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead


The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead distills leadership best practices into a simple, compelling process that helps leaders at all levels get immediate results.

In the view of the authors, leaders have three fundamental responsibilities: They craft a vision, they build alignment, and they champion execution.

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  • Crafting a Vision: imagining an improved future state that the group will make a reality through its work
  • Building Alignment: getting to the point where everyone in the group understands and is committed to the vision
  • Championing Execution: ensuring that the conditions are present for the imagined future to be turned into a reality

The true value of this VAE model is that it lays out a manageable, realistic framework to guide the process. The goal is to provide straightforward explanations of where you might choose to target your personal development efforts.

Core chapters introduce keys and behaviors that leaders use to further each step of the model and provide specific strategies for those who are looking to increase their ability to explore during the vision process. It also makes these ideas concrete by relating illustrative examples or anecdotes about people and organizations who have used these drivers to improve their effectiveness to realize each step in meaningful ways.

Consultants and trainers using the Everything DiSC Work of Leaders profiles will be familiar with the model. Consider giving your clients or training participants a copy of the book to keep them engaged in the VAE concepts. Use it for a leadership book group.


“The Work of Leaders is a bright gem of a book. In a crystal clear and to-the-point style, the authors make leadership instantly accessible with a memorable model, rock solid fundamentals, original research, compelling stories, and highly practical tips for putting the principles to immediate use. There are invaluable lessons on every page, and you'll enjoy discovering each one. We highly recommend The Work of Leaders to anyone who aspires to make extraordinary things happen in organizations.”

    —Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge


“Clear, distinctive, intuitive, and deeply researched, The Work of Leaders gives every reader not only several ‘a-ha!’ moments, but smart, meaningful suggestions for changing the way we all lead.”

    —Elaine Biech, author of The Business of Consulting

“Anyone who is in a leadership position or is responsible for evaluating leaders should make this book a must-read. Collectively, the book's authors are unique in their knowledge, background and ability, which is what distinguishes this great piece of work from others of its kind.”

    —Sidney Feltenstein, former CEO, Yorkshire Global Restaurants

Quotes from the book

Experienced leaders didn't say that vision was just critical to theirwork... . They said vision is critical to everyleader's work.

This is the single most requested behavior change for leaders — ‘be more active about finding new opportunities.’

Our research shows that more than half of leaders report little or no training or guidance in the practice of creating alignment. In fact, only 47 percent report having a clear understanding of what 'building alignment' even means in the context of leadership.

Our research suggests that leaders often overlook communicating what is obvious and intuitive to them, but can seem like a mystery to their followers.

Without a champion to create an environment that supports this sense of achievement, people may still complete tasks, but they may become disengaged, resentful, or lack any fulfillment beyond collecting a paycheck.

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