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Choosing Leadership: Revised and Expanded

How to Create a Better Future by Building Your Courage, Capacity, and Wisdom

Published by Health Communications Inc EB
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Award-winning leadership teacher, lifelong educator, University of Chicago professor, and consumer advocate Dr. Linda Ginzel offers a new and expanded version of Choosing Leadership based on her bestselling workbook. Useful to everyone, from high-level executives to high school students, teachers, and stay-at-home parents, you can choose to be a leader.

Silver Award, 2023 Nautilus Book Awards, Business & Leadership (large press) Category

Choosing Leadership gives readers the tools to sharpen your leadership skills, putting the responsibility for personal growth and professional development in your own hands. It counters stereotypes that lead us to believe it takes a fancy title, big budget, impressive credentials, charisma, or innate leadership traits to be a “leader.” Rather, leadership is a choice; you choose when to manage and when to lead. It provides an opportunity to answer tough questions of yourself, process your own life lessons, reflect on your unique experiences, and create your best future self. This process of self-discovery will help you develop individualized, customized wisdom and be your lifelong companion on the road to being wiser, younger.

Now revised, with the addition of Learning Modules for each chapter, Choosing Leadership provides step-by-step guidance to create group experiences designed to enable reflection, explore ideas, and enhance self-understanding. These group experiences create collective wisdom and encourage learners to make better and more thoughtful choices. Through peer discussions, readers learn how to coach themselves. While gaining self-understanding, they also gain confidence. They realize they know how to lead and are wiser, younger.

About The Author

Dr. Linda Ginzel is a clinical professor of managerial psychology at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and the founder of its customized executive education program. For three decades, she has developed and taught MBA and executive education courses in negotiation, leadership capital, managerial psychology, and more. She has also taught MBA and PhD students at Northwestern and Stanford, as well as designed customized educational programs for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Ginzel has received numerous teaching awards for excellence in MBA education, as well as the President’s Service Award for her work with the nonprofit Kids In Danger. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Health Communications Inc EB (November 22, 2022)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780757324383

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Raves and Reviews

"Informatively inspiring, "Choosing Leadership: How to Create a Better Future by Building Your Courage, Capacity, and Wisdom" is impressively well written, organized and presented, making it an ideal addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Business Management & Leadership collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists."The Business Shelf, Wisconsin Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

“Linda knows a whole lot about leadership—about what it is, and more importantly, what it isn’t. One of the things she knows is that leaders don’t lead by lecturing, but by acting. And so rather than writing a textbook that tells you how to become a leader, she has written a workbook that shows you. Choosing Leadership doesn’t ask you to read it?it asks you to participate in it.” —Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author, Stumbling on Happiness

“For a very low price, Ginzel will take you on a journey where you make your own choices about creating effective leadership actions. She will not make you a leader. Rather, she will guide you to choices that will allow you to lead—and to lead effectively. Ginzel uses ample behavioral science in the journey, but the unique contribution of this book is her passion for providing you a pathway to make great choices about whether, when, and how to lead.” —Max H. Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author, The Power of Noticing

“This workbook is a tool that everyone—from undergraduate and graduate students to executives—will benefit from when striving to become their best selves and perform up to their potential.” —Sian Beilock, president, Barnard College, and author, Choke and How the Body Knows Its Mind

“Linda Ginzel has brought social psychological concepts and tools that she has created to countless audiences. As a result, many of her students have greater access to their unique leadership qualities. This workbook opens this path for personal development to a much larger audience. And it’s doable!” —Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

“Instead of focusing on stories of others’ leadership, Linda Ginzel has written a book about your development as a leader. Filled with self-diagnostic, developmental exercises based on Ginzel’s many years as a leadership teacher, this book promises to change people’s thoughts and behaviors in profound ways.” —Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and author, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

“According to Ginzel, leaders create a different future. And she walks her readers through an intentional journey for learning how to do that. Soulful, pragmatic, and scientifically grounded, this book will change your future.” —Sally Blount, dean, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

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