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The Smart Manager - - Contents -

Fred Kiel, KRW In­ter­na­tional, fo­cuses on the im­pact of lead­er­ship char­ac­ter on pro­duc­tiv­ity and growth.

In his book Re­turn on Char­ac­ter, Fred Kiel says lead­ers change or­ga­ni­za­tions, and that it takes a ‘vir­tu­oso’ leader to change an or­ga­ni­za­tion in the most pos­i­tive way. Here too, he elab­o­rates on how lead­er­ship char­ac­ter can drive work­force en­gage­ment and thereby growth.

The de­sire of ev­ery leader is to cre­ate a sta­ble, healthy, and ro­bust or­ga­ni­za­tion that is com­pet­i­tive, prof­itable, and rapidly grow­ing. There are nu­mer­ous new books and ar­ti­cles pub­lished each year that rec­om­mend a host of ways to ac­com­plish this elu­sive goal.

An in­ter­net search of the best busi­ness books for 2017 pro­vides an in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tion of ti­tles, and nearly all have one thing in com­mon—a fo­cus on tac­tics and skills for achiev­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Rare is the book that iden­ti­fies lead­er­ship char­ac­ter (who the leader is as a per­son) as an im­por­tant fac­tor in achiev­ing suc­cess.

the who + what for­mula

Our seven-year re­search project ex­am­ined the con­nec­tion be­tween the char­ac­ter rep­u­ta­tion of the se­nior lead­er­ship team and busi­ness re­sults and it re­vealed some star­tling facts.

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