By @SimonCocking review of The Leader’s Guide To Impact, by Mandy Flint and Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, available from Amazon here.
Things move fast. Leaders need to create impact in each moment, to not lose that moment. Creating impact is a positive, powerful and authentic way to demonstrate you’re taking charge, get more from your team and drive business results. But to succeed, you need to create the impact you WANT and need rather than relying on what you HAVE.
The Leader’s Guide to Impact will show leaders how to create the impact that will help them connect with others in a respectful way, to create trust, get others to listen to them, influence effectively, drive results and much more. And most importantly, the book will also show leaders how to do it in an authentic way that supports your reputation and brand effectively.
Managing and creating impact is not a “nice to have”, it’s a business necessity.
“Impact is such an important and not really talked about topic. This book is about how impact starts from within.”
Tim Noble, Vice President, Global Head of Sales, ICE Data Services
“If there is one book you read on leadership, this is it. Be the best leader you can possibly be, by taking control of your impact on those around you.”
Vanessa Vallely, OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity , Author of “Heels of Steel”
The Leader’s Guide To Impact, reviewed
Leadership is becoming a more and more important element of work, and how businesses are run, well or badly. We are seeing more and more business books coming to us discussing this topic, and the reasons why it is critical to do it well. Flint and Hearn aim to dig into the key areas where things can be done well, or badly, and the reasons why this can then significantly affect your business’s bottom line.
The subtitle to the book ‘how to use soft skills to get hard results’ is a key aspect of their approach. It is not enough to just use management tools if your leaders are not also actually engaging and using their own emotional intelligence, diagnostic skills, and a willingness to dig deeper to actually understand the root causes of why, or why not certain things are happening.
Impact remains the relevant keyword. What is your impact, how do you impact on others, and what is the result / impact of these interventions. Company culture is examined. Time and time again studies reveal that it is a terrible boss that more often causes good staff to leave, rather than the ethos of the company. Flint and Hearn also look at social media in a variety of elements, including how you engage with stake holders, customers and the media. There are many simple, but subtle things that can be done well, and when done badly or not at all, can be very damaging for your brand and the overall fiscal turnover too.