Lead More, Control Less: 8 Advanced Leadership Skills that Overturn Convention by Marvin R. Weisbord and Sandra Janoff. Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015. $16.00 paperback, 160 pages. ISBN-13 978-1626564121
Leaders have a tough role; they need to inspire people to get aligned around the same goals. But the most effective leaders don’t control their people, and Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff have discovered the answers. Leaders that focus on structure, not behavior, and who enable others to take responsibility for managing themselves are able to maximize creativity and productivity. Weisbord and Janoff describe how leaders can share responsibility, dispel conflicts, become more productive, and more. They provide the eight essential skills for creating a culture of self-leadership, which are woven with case studies and examples from their years of experience. They will leave you with the understanding that true leaders don’t exert control.