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Leadership Essentials You Always Wanted To Know

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The reader will gain an understanding of the following from this book:
● Attributes of effective leader
● Different roles of leader
● Impact of setting and context on leaders choices
● Integration of ethics into best practices
● Trends influencing the evolution of leadership in the 21st century





Leadership Essentials S… by Vibrant Publishers

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 200 pages

Paperback (ISBN): 9781636510316

eBook (ISBN): 9781636510323

Hardback (Color): 9781636510330

Trim Size: 5.5” x 8.5”

Category: Business & Economics

Author: Dr. Carrie A. Picardi


Learn what it takes to be a strong leader who can guide any team to success!

Have you ever wanted to know how to become the type of person that others look to for guidance? In Leadership Essentials You Always Wanted to Know, you will learn what it takes to be a strong leader who can guide any team to success.

Driven by the latest research on leadership, this straight-forward guide breaks down not only the traits of highly effective leaders, but also how to use those traits in a variety of situations. You do not need to be in a leadership position to benefit from the lessons detailed in this book. Aside from defining the concepts of leadership and motivation, the book explores the best practices of effective leadership and the core competencies of influential leaders. It also offers insight into real-world challenges that have been faced--and overcome--by thriving organizations. With chapter summaries, quizzes, and online resources to reinforce concepts, Leadership Essentials You Always Wanted to Know is a power-packed resource that will guide you towards becoming a better leader.

About the Author

Dr Carrie A. Picardi, Ph.D., is an industrial/organizational psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience in human resource management, as a research analyst and consultant, and in academia as a tenured professor of management. She has led initiatives in the areas of leadership development, assessment center design and deployment, job analysis, talent acquisition and retention, compensation and total rewards, learning and development, performance management, and employee engagement.

About the Series

The Self-Learning Management Series is designed to help students, new managers, career switchers, and entrepreneurs learn essential management lessons and covers every aspect of business, from HR to Finance to Marketing to Operations across any and every industry. Each book includes basic fundamentals, important concepts, and standard and well-known principles as well as practical ways of application of the subject matter.

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Picardi has produced a helpful handbook for those who aspire to leadership positions in their organizations. It is a careful blend of theory, practice, and examples. Leadership concepts are concisely presented and the book is easy to read. The chapters on situational and contingency leadership and leading a thriving organization by themselves make this book a worthwhile read.

- Dr. Mark Koscinski Assistant Professor of Accounting Practice


The capacity of Leaderhip is the most important ingredient to organizational well-being and success. Leadership is a philosophy of use of power, a set of learnable, observable competencies, skills and behaviors. Anyone can develop themselves as a leader. You become a leader when people choose to follow you. There is no topic that has been written about as extensively. The newly authored, Leadership Essentials, offers the reader a wonderful smorgasbord of all things leadership. It is a perfect way to begin your leadership studies.

- Leslie Yerkes, President, Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc.


While the world is combatting Covid-19 and, as a consequence, facing one of its worst health and financial crises, strong leadership is now required more than ever before at all levels and in all countries. Dr. Picardi’s work has arrived during a perfect storm exposing learners and practitioners of leadership to the essential aspects of leadership. There is much confusion in both the academic literature and popular press as to what constitutes ‘good and effective’ leadership. Dr. Picardi’s book takes the reader back to the basics and unpacks the many mysteries of this popular topic. This book covers the key concepts of leadership and makes a strong and timely contribution to a more comprehensive understanding of contemporary leadership.

- Prof. Dr. Franco Gandolfi, Georgetown University

This book is an important source of information on a topic which is ever more important in today's rapidly changing world where leadership is not an option for organizations to be able to navigate successfully and remain competitive.

This book represents an important guide for anyone who wishes to understand what are the key principles of leadership and to also better understand how they can improve their own leadership skills.

- Dr David Forgaty, Enterprise Marketing Analytics Leader at Evernorth Corporation


A book that really does what it says on the tin. The Essentials of Leadership are truely covered as the author takes the reader on a journey through the recognised theoretical concepts and ideas in a way that makes then both interesting and relevant. It is good to see that the influence of power is not forgotten and that ethical leadership is considered at a time when many leaders are being faced with demonstrating their ability to create value for society as much as value for their shareholders. An essential title for any leader's bookshelf and one that adds true value to the associted discourse on Leadership Practice and its role in organisational success.

- Dr. Gary Ramsden, Lincoln International Business School

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Leadership Skills

Leadership skills are essential in all aspects of the world. The author did a wonderful job. The interview questions are great to have when preparing for a job. This book is filled with immediate “take away” material. You could immediately begin to implement some of the skills and concepts that are given throughout the book. I am definitely going to purchase a copy of this book for my niece.

Christi F
Great Resource

Though I have been in leadership rolls in different capacities in my life I have never seen myself as a strong leader, which is why I picked up Leadership Essentials You Always Wanted to Know.

There are key objectives for each chapter, making it reminiscent of a textbook style, making this something I could not just sit and read through, as it is fairly dry. Since my husband is in a leadership roll at his current job I skimmed the chapters and discussed key points with him, and it ended up being quite an enlightening conversation. My advice is to study this text with others, as it will help not only your understanding, but others as well.

Though not a leisurely read, this book is a wealth of information that I know will benefit leaders of all kinds, helping them grow to their full potential.

*I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest, and my own.

Great starting point

I received a free advanced reader copy of this book to review on LibraryThing and was asked to post here as well. Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in business and organizational communication. I have taken several leadership classes as a result, and have read leadership books both in class and on my own. This is an excellent "tree-top level" overview of leadership, in all iterations and aspects. Dr. Picardi wrote a concise book, with each chapter having quizzes and references for further classroom work and discussion. this would be a good book for an undergraduate class as a starting point. Or, if your organization wants to improve its' leadership, this is only 200 pages so a small team could read and finish quickly.

Complete guide to becoming a great leader.

Leadership Essentials covers everything from fostering employee motivation and trust to building strong communication skills and mastering teamwork; you will have no problem finding what you need in this book. If you are looking for all of the information about leadership you’ve ever wanted in one place, Leadership Essentials is the book you need to read.

At its core, leadership is all about getting someone else to do something that they don’t want to do, but will benefit from. This means that a leader needs to be inspirational and powerful, but at times also diplomatic and compassionate. What does it take to become an effective leader? The answers lie in Leadership Essentials.

Leadership Essentials features short and concise chapters, containing a single, pointwise explanation of essential leadership skills. These lessons can be completed in minutes, making it easy to get a daily dose of leadership tips for your professional development. One of my favourite things about this book is that you’ll find an exercise that reinforces what you just learned after each lesson. It also includes definitions of the different types of leadership and contrasts them. This makes it very easy to digest information quickly. The downside is that there isn’t much depth to these ideas; I would have liked to see more detail on each concept or perhaps some stories or examples from other leaders.

Everyone has the ability to be a leader, and everyone should read the book Leadership Essentials to discover the basic concepts of leading people. If you’re looking for practical insights into how you can bring out the leader in yourself—and lead others to greatness—then you should definitely read Leadership Essentials.

Bryan Carey
Become a Better Leader

Leading a team, whether it’s in the workplace or elsewhere, takes a specific skill set. Different approaches are necessary for managing a team in the most effective way possible and a book that is ready to help you hone your leadership skills is Leadership Essentials.

Starting off with a definition of leadership and what it’s all about, the book then jumps into such topics as leadership traits, leadership behavior, and different types of leadership theory. There is also coverage given to such broad topics as ethics, development, organizational leadership, and more. And with each chapter, you get a summary at the end plus a quick quiz, to test your knowledge.

This management book is instructional in nature and as I read, I couldn’t help but feel like I was sitting in a college management class, soaking up the facts, taking notes, and hoping to improve my own knowledge of the subject. And there are, indeed, many facts, theories, and tips in this book that are worth absorbing and strategies worth implementing. I especially liked sections such as the one on situational leadership. It was useful to read about these different approaches, decide which one best matched my own style, and look for ways to modify my own leadership to make it better and more effective than it is now.

Like I said, this is a factual, instructional type of book. It doesn’t include anecdotal stories, case studies, or things like that. No, this book sticks with information. It wants you to better understand what leadership is, why it is important, and what you can do to improve your own leadership within your organization.

Leaders are not necessarily born with a special talent, as many seem to believe. Leadership is a process, and everyone can learn to lead and learn to improve their leadership, at least to a degree. Leadership Essentials is ready to help you become a better leader and it would make a good book to hand out to every leader in a business or other organization, for reading and discussion.