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ASTD Leadership Handbook

By  Elaine Biech

ASTD Leadership Handbook

Leadership Handbook AwardA looming leadership gap faces most organizations over the next 10 years. Has your organization prepared for the imminent lack-of-leadership crisis? Do you have a pipeline of developed leaders for the future?

Leadership is the most important competency for both individual and organizational success and advancement. As Cynthia D. McCauley of the Center for Creative Leadership notes in her overview, leadership is also "a tool designed to help with a particular human dilemma: how to get individuals to work together effectively to produce collective outcomes."

When you need to learn more about how to drive success in your organization, where do you turn? To the experts. And The ASTD Leadership Handbook provides 48 thought leaders—the names you know and have come to trust—to enable you to learn about every facet of leadership. Here you'll find a substantial and practical collection of wisdom, philosophies, and tools from the most respected authorities on the subject. Within this impressive volume, you'll find five major sections addressing the critical aspects of the field:

  • Leadership Competencies
  • Leadership Development
  • Attributes of Successful Leaders
  • Contemporary Leadership Challenges
  • Broadening the Leadership Discussion.

In each chapter, leaders share their expertise to help you solve your most pressing leadership challenges. Get the complete table of contents here.

The lineup includes leading experts from a broad range of organizations in both the public and private sectors and features a number from the Center for Creative Leadership (ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top three leadership development organizations in the world).

Many of the authors also provide free tools, which you can get here. If you can invest in only one leadership book, let this be it. You'll have all the insights and applications you need to thoroughly understand and practice its principles, guided by the expertise of those who have literally written the books on leadership.


  • The ASTD Handbook is a part of Berrett-Koehler's White Paper Series Fast Fundamentals.

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Did you know that you can save big with The ASTD Handbook Collection? In addition to The ASTD Leadership Handbook, you will receive The ASTD Handbook for Measuring and Evaluating Training along with The ASTD Management Development Handbook.



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Elaine Biech

Elaine Biech, president of ebb associates inc, a strategic implementation, leadership development, and experiential learning consulting firm, has been in the field for thirty years helping organizations work through large-scale change. She has presented at dozens of national and international conferences and has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investors Business Daily, and Fortune Magazine. She is the author and editor of over 50 books including the ASTD Hand Book for Workplace Learning Professionals, ASTD Leadership Handbook, 10 Steps to Successful Training, The Ultimate Trainer, Thriving Through Change, The Business of Consulting, 2nd ed., and Training for Dummies. A long time volunteer for ASTD, she has served on ASTD's National Board of Directors, was the recipient of the 1992 ASTD Torch Award, the 2004 ASTD Volunteer Staff Partnership Award, and the 2006 Gordon Bliss Memorial Award. Elaine was instrumental in compiling the CPLP study guides and has designed five ASTD Certificate Programs. In addition to her work with ASTD, she has served on the Independent Consultants Association's (ICA) Advisory Committee and on the Instructional Systems Association (ISA) board of directors.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781562867164

Pages: 504

Publisher: ASTD Press

Pub Date: July 2010

Formats: Paperback

Product Code: 111018

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