Sunday, March 18, 2012

People Follow You: The Real Secret To What Matters Most In Leadership By Jeb Blount

People Follow You: The Real Secret to What Matters Most in Leadership

People Follow You: The Real Secret To What Matters Most In Leadership By Jeb Blount

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Discover the secrets to influencing the performance of the people you lead

Managers don't get paid for what they do but rather for the performance of their people; therefore, a manager's most important job is coaching behaviors in order to improve performance. In People Follow You managers will learn five easily understood and implemented levers critical to influencing the performance of the people they lead. Ultimately, people follow people that they like, trust, and believe in. Understand how to build stronger relationships with direct and indirect reports that lead to loyalty, higher productivity, and long-term development.

Relevant to middle and high level managers, People Follow You provides a foundation for managing people. Practical lessons help managers employ winning interpersonal skills to move others to take action.

  • Learn how to leverage the basics of interpersonal relationships to inspire others to take action
  • Get a simple and actionable formula for connecting with employees and indirect reports and gaining their buy-in through the use of personal power vs. the power of authority
  • Discover the fundamental on-the-job coaching skills that deliver instant performance improvement
  • Author Jeb Blount is the most downloaded sales expert in iTunes history; his Sales Gravy and Sales Guy audio programs have been downloaded more than 3 million times

When all else is stripped away, people don't work for companies, paychecks, perks, or slogans, people work for you. Become a manager people will follow, and lead your team to greater achievements and measurable gains.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #56485 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-11-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .0" h x .0" w x .0" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 175 pages
Editorial Reviews

People Follow You! is a book that gets leadership right - by concept, by ideas, and most important, by example. If you're looking for leadership understanding and know-how, this book is a money-in-the-bank answer.
Jeffrey Gitomer author of The Little Book of Leadership

From the Inside Flap
Most of us have suffered through a bad boss. The jerk who belittles subordinates in front of their coworkers. The guy who storms through the office and puts everybody on edge. The boss who talks over you just as you're about to explain your problem or the one who can never make a decision. There's a high cost to this poor leadership. Employees slow their production in retaliation, and top producers bail. Revenues shrink, just as turnover costs rise. And noincentive or benefits package can undo the damage. On the other hand, the most effective leaders aremasters at inspiring their peopleto take action. The fact is, people don'tfollow companies, paychecks, incentives, stock options, fear, power, or fancy slogans—PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU.

People Follow You delivers a simple and actionable formula for building strong relationships with employees and gaining their buy-in. Ultimately, people follow leaders they like, trust, and believe in, leading to higher productivity and long-term development. Managers don't get paid for what they do but rather for the performance of their people. By putting your people first, you'll position yourself and your company for success.

People Follow You offers five easily understood and implemented levers critical to influencing your people's performance. You'll learn the real secrets to:

  • Motivate and position your employees to perform at the highest level

  • Retain top talent by building trust and loyalty

  • Create an environment where people grow, develop, and thrive

  • Communicate effectively so that you're heard

  • Increase productivity and take your team to a new level of success

Become a manager people will follow, and you'lllead your team to greater achievements andmeasurable gains.

From the Back Cover
Praise for People FOLLOW You

"People Follow You shows you how to move from manager to leader, and to get more done, faster, with highly motivated people."
Brian Tracy, author of How the Best Leaders Lead

"In People Follow You, Jeb Blount demonstrates how companies thrive when they put their people first. He does a terrific job of showing how the best and most effective leaders actively work at growing their employees and creating trust that builds great organizations."
Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone andWho's Got Your Back

"In today's crazy-busy world, fresh leadership strategies are required for companies to succeed. People Follow You reveals a winning formula that goes far beyond financial incentives to what really motivates people to do their best."
Jill Konrath, author of SNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies

"Too few leaders and managers realize that they are in sales. Their main job is selling themselves, their ideas, concepts, and the desires of the company to their staff, teams, or employees. In People Follow You, Jeb Blount shows leaders of all types how to create intensely loyal followers."
Tom Hopkins, author of How to Master the Art of Selling and Selling in Tough Times

"People Follow You makes an excellent case for strong leadership principles that build trust and empower employees for greater organizational success. Jeb documents the impact poor leadership has on company growth as well as the payoff when leaders help others reach their goals. People Follow You is a must-read in all business leadership programs. An excellent sequel to People Buy You."
Dr. Tony Alessandra, author of The Platinum Rule and The New Art of Managing People

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Great advice on a critical aspect of leadership
By John Gibbs
Bad bosses are oblivious to the fact that leading people requires humility, savvy, authenticity, and keen interpersonal skills, according to Jeb Blount in this book. Many organizations have elaborate incentive schemes in place designed to improve employee satisfaction and retention, yet fail to deal with the one thing which causes most employee dissatisfaction: poor leadership.

The book provides a broad range of leadership wisdom, including:

* Leadership success is directly related to the quality of the relationships that leaders build and sustain with the people they lead.
* You need your people more than they need you.
* Because you are the boss, people watch and analyse your every move, looking for meaning and clues as to what you are thinking.
* If you put the interests of your followers before your own, that helps you build an emotional connection which opens them to accepting your coaching and directing.
* Leaders maximise their own performance by doing whatever it takes to help their followers be more successful.
* Trust between leaders and followers is built by leaders doing what they say they will do, keeping promises, and behaving in a consistent and professional manner.
* Positive emotional experiences strengthen a relationship and engender loyalty sufficient to withstand difficult conditions.

There are many different books on leadership, offering many different opinions about what leaders should and should not do. In my opinion this book is one of the better ones. Instead of prescribing a broad variety of different actions that leaders are supposed to take, it concentrates on the critical aspect of leadership which is most often overlooked: the relationship which a leader has with his or her followers. I would recommend this book to anyone who is responsible for supervising someone else.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Jeb Blount's new book is easy to read but will you do the hard work it takes to act.
By Kevin Gaugush
I have had the privilege of working with Jeb twice in my career and am better because of those experiences. His ability to frame what many would suggest are basic ideas into a series of suggestions and examples makes this book worth the time. As a leader, you have a great responsibility and Jeb is helping you understand how to be better. Nothing complicated but it all requires discipline and a continual focus. Every minute of every day. Perhaps the best way to think about that is his comment that "normal people" would not want to do what it takes. Normal people want to have balance and be able to relax. As a leader, you are always on stage and no normal person wants that. So while not complicated, the ideas that Jeb asks each of us to focus on are hard work. Simple yet hard. Read the book (simple) and then act (hard).

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5This is the blueprint to become a perfect leader!!!!
By Dub Taylor
Jeb has outlined the five key levers that will give an aspiring leader the blueprint to become a successful, proven leader. I have been following Jeb's teachings for about nine years, and I must admit that my career has benefited from his series of books and podcasts. I'm a firm believer of "the proof is in the pudding" and I can truly say that when I started listening and following Jeb's teaching, my career went from an individual Sales Rep in Birmingham, AL to a Regional Sales Manager managing half of the country in New York City. I highly recommend this book.


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