At Long Last… The Anywhere Leader

It feels good to get re-engaged with society. Over the past six months, I’ve been working on a new book titled, The Anywhere Leader, which will be released by Jossey-Bass this summer.

During those six months, I’ve missed out on a lot of things – including the updating of this blog. I think the time away has been a valuable sacrifice, however, because I’ve really enjoyed gaining an understanding of what makes leaders successful no matter where they land, and understanding how these leaders succeed even in the most uncertain and unstable conditions.

The premise of The Anywhere Leader is to acknowledge the difficulty of leading in a complex global business environment with tough new rules and constant disruption – an environment where people are often misplaced, replaced and displaced. The Anywhere Leader helps readers lead effectively through such uncertainty and instability.

SVI’s thought leadership team set out to discover these Anywhere Leaders: who they are, what makes them an Anywhere Leader, and how you can become one. Through our research, we discovered three core traits of an Anywhere Leader. These leaders are:

  • Driven by progress, not politics.
  • Sensationally curious, asking the right questions.
  • Vastly resourceful, able to do a lot with very little.

There is a lot to unpack in these traits and the leadership strengths that accompany them – a whole book’s worth. I look forward to discussing The Anywhere Leader concept with you in great depth in the coming year.

Look for The Anywhere Leader website coming soon. In the meantime, join the conversation around The Anywhere Leader by following @anywhereleader on Twitter.


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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 Leadership

1 Comment to At Long Last… The Anywhere Leader

  1. I look forward to being able to read this. Do you know if it will be available on Nook?

  2. Dax Middlebrooks on February 5th, 2011

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