Being A Leader With Courage: How To Succeed In Your C-Level Position In 18 Months Or Less book is based on interviews with 30 CEOs, “Being A Leader With Courage” will help anyone currently in the C-Suite or aspiring to move up in an organization.
Lee Eisenstaedt brings more than 35 years of diverse finance and operations experience to the clients of Value Drivers, LLC, the firm he founded in 2015. Value Drivers helps newly appointed CEOs and other executives who are anxious about the pressure they are under to make an impact on their businesses. By deploying a set of proprietary diagnostic tools, Lee and his team of senior advisors help these executives quickly understand the culture of their businesses, the strategic imperatives they are facing, the opportunities for increasing the value of their enterprises and their effectiveness as leaders. Being focused on conducting these assessments, Value Drivers completes them faster than their clients, whose primary concerns are running their businesses.
The motivation for conducting the interviews was the author’s interest in understanding why, for the past 20 years, 40%-50% of executives fail, quit, or are pushed out during the first 18 months in a new position. Christine Robins, President, and CEO of Char-Broil, LLC was among the executives interviewed for the book. This is what she has said about it: “‘Being A Leader With Courage’ offers pragmatic, easy to understand advice on making a difference as a leader. Unlike the books that deal with a leader’s character and other soft skills, Lee has chosen to focus on behaviors and practical approaches that accelerate the alignment of an organization or team around a few initiatives that will make a difference. Any leader or manager will benefit from the ideas in this easy-to-read book.” Among the other CEOs who Lee interviewed are: Gay Gadis, CEO and Founder of T3, the largest woman-owned advertising agency in the U.S., Adrienne Stevens, President of Notions Marketing Corporation, the world’s largest distributor of creative arts products, and John Borling, retired Major General of the United States Air Force whose 37-year military career included being the Head of Operations for Strategic Air Command (SAC). The proven, practical ideas in the book can be applied immediately and will allow the reader to make a larger impact even sooner than expected. This impact includes being more successful at developing and implementing strategic and operating plans. The book also includes an on-line self-assessment that takes five minutes to complete. It is designed to improve self-awareness and identify the blind spots leaders and managers may want to work on to increase the impact they have on their businesses. Readers will find “Being A Leader With Courage” complements an onboarding plan, an executive coach, and leadership assessments such as DISC and Myers-Briggs.
Prior to Value Drivers, Lee founded L. Harris Partners, LLC, during which time he surveyed/interviewed several thousand clients of professional services firms. He has been a Chief Operating Officer two Top 50 CPA firms. Lee spent the majority of his career, 22 years, with the SC Johnson family of companies – including the consumer products company, the SC Johnson family office, and Johnson Outdoors, Inc. – in the U.S. and Western Europe, frequently as the “right hand” to the leader of the division, subsidiary or country to which he was assigned. Lee is the co-author of the book “Wallet Share: Grow Your Practice Without Adding Clients,” and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences of practitioners of professional services. Lee received his MBA from Northwestern University and his BA from Franklin & Marshall College. He has attended executive programs at Harvard, Wharton, and Northwestern Universities, and week-long executive development programs at INSEAD and the Center for Creative Leadership. Lee is also a Net Promoter® Certified Associate and a member of SHRM, HRMAC, and AFHE.
To find out more about Lee and his company go here: http://www.valuedriversllc.com
To take the Effective Leaders With Courage 360 Assessment go here: http://www.leaderswithcourage.com/
Being A Leader With Courage: How To Succeed In Your C-Level Position In 18 Months Or Less is available on Amazon.com