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The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership

The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership

by gary burnison

9780071787123 0071787127

“All in, all the time.” For Gary Burnison, CEO of the world’s largest executive search firm, these five simple words perfectly capture the essence of great leadership. There can be no half measures. Complete commitment, total engagement, and a powerful sense of personal responsibility are the criteria for true leadership excellence. It’s more than a job; it’s a way of life. But how do you get there? In his groundbreaking book, The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, Burnison provides the answer.

As the leader of Korn/Ferry International, Burnison is particularly well qualified to write a guide to effective leadership. On a personal level, he experiences every day what it’s like to be responsible for the lives of others, the careers of his employees, and the expectations of stakeholders. He also deals one-on-one with some of the world’s top leaders.

In The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, Burnison distills this vast experience into an actionable plan for building world-class leadership skills. Readers will learn how to train their focus on the twelve most critical elements of leadership, so they can:

  • Establish their vision and develop a strategy for achieving it
  • Inspire their people to embrace the change they envision
  • Measure the effectiveness of their leadership
  • Build powerful teams that are aligned in purpose and strategy
  • Foresee new opportunities and adjust their course to meet them

Nothing in business or life generates greater personal satisfaction than affecting peoples’ lives in a positive way through excellent leadership. Burnison refers to it as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

The process might seem daunting, but Burnison makes it more accessible than may be thought possible. He presents a framework based on enduring human truths, which is applicable in every leadership role and arena. All readers have to do is apply it with dedication and determination.

Click here for a video of Gary Burnison speaking about The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keg_j9THra8.

About the Author:

Gary Burnison is Chief Executive Officer of Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest executive recruiting firm and a leading global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to attract, deploy, develop, and reward their talent. Burnison is a regular contributor to CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, and other international news outlets.


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