The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders

A Proven Framework for Improving Decisions and Increasing Your Influence

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Leadership today is as difficult as it has ever been. With the amount of change, uncertainty, and disruption businesses face, it can be nearly impossible for a leader to stay on top of everything that comes their way. But rather than constructing an equally complex framework to navigate this environment, the key to effective leadership can be found by keeping it simple.

Your leadership effectiveness will be determined by just two things: the decisions you make and the influence you have.

But as all leaders know, it's not that easy, especially in today's fast-paced and connected environment. To make the best decisions and have maximum impact, you need to see your business from seven perspectives:

· Current Reality
· Vision
· Strategic Bets
· The Team
· The Customer
· Your Role
· The Outsider

Drawing upon twenty-five years of experience as a successful CEO and executive coach,
including conversations with more than twenty well-known business and organizational leaders, Daniel Harkavy unpacks a proven framework you can implement for immediate results in your organization's culture and performance. If you're looking to improve your leadership, this book will give you a straightforward framework to do so.


"This book is full of truth and is a remarkable, simple, and accurate approach to leading an organization. Read it twice with your executive team."--Patrick Lencioni, founder and CEO, The Table Group; bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

"As my executive coach for three years, Daniel Harkavy helped me gain a leader's perspective. Through The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders, he can help you find it too. I highly recommend this book for every leader who wants to build stronger teams and get greater results."--Michael Hyatt, bestselling author of The Vision Driven Leader

"Filling his book with clear and actionable advice, Daniel Harkavy has created a masterful road map for supercharging your effectiveness. I'll be dog-earing my copy!"--Annie Duke, bestselling author of Thinking in Bets; cofounder, The Alliance for Decision Education

"A smart and deeply insightful book that should be essential reading for new and established leaders alike. The framework encourages leaders to challenge existing assumptions, understand their team, open themselves to fresh thinking, and--ultimately--make better decisions."--Caryl M. Stern, executive director, Walton Family Foundation

"A must-read if you are committed to growing as a leader. Daniel's deep experience as a life and leadership coach is woven throughout this incredibly helpful guide for leaders and leadership teams. This book is insightful, challenging, and actionable."--Tim Tassopoulos, president and COO, Chick-fil-A, Inc.


Endorsements

"Daniel Harkavy gives us the context for leadership in today's challenging times, and that's what we all need! This book is full of truth and is a remarkable, simple, and accurate approach to leading an organization. Read it twice with your executive team. It will accelerate your team's leadership effectiveness, and what's more important than that?"

Patrick Lencioni, founder and CEO, The Table Group; bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

"Decision making isn't enough. Leaders need a clear perspective on their current reality, their vision, their role, and much more. As my executive coach for three years, Daniel Harkavy helped me gain a leader's perspective. Through The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders, he can help you find it too. I highly recommend this book for every leader who wants to build stronger teams and get greater results."

Michael Hyatt, bestselling author of The Vision Driven Leader

"The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders is a must-read (and must-reread) for anyone looking to improve their leadership skills. Filling his book with clear and actionable advice, Daniel Harkavy has created a masterful road map for supercharging your effectiveness. I'll be dog-earing my copy!"

Annie Duke, bestselling author of Thinking in Bets; cofounder, The Alliance for Decision Education

"Daniel Harkavy has written a smart and deeply insightful book that should be essential reading for new and established leaders alike. These 7 Perspectives are grounded in Daniel's decades of experience coaching successful executives--and have been extremely helpful as I develop my own vision for the next five years of our organization. The framework encourages leaders to challenge existing assumptions, understand their team, open themselves to fresh thinking, and--ultimately--make better decisions."

Caryl M. Stern, executive director, Walton Family Foundation

"The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders is a must-read if you are committed to growing as a leader. Daniel's deep experience as a life and leadership coach is woven throughout this incredibly helpful guide for leaders and leadership teams. This book is insightful, challenging, and actionable."

Tim Tassopoulos, president and COO, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

"Daniel has been advising our organization for several years, and I have deep trust in his counsel. Through The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders, he offers a strategic 360-degree view on effective leadership in his signature practical and down-to-earth approach. With his invaluable twenty-five years of coaching and leadership experience, he provides great insights and clarity into what to do in the short and long term and how to achieve great results in a team. Daniel's advice has helped us to tremendously enhance workplace morale, mutual trust, and overall organizational performance."

Hartmut Schick, member of the Board of Management, Daimler Truck AG; head of Region Asia

"Over the course of leading three different companies on two continents, I've discovered that the decisions you make and the influence you have really can transform a business. Whether you are looking at the immediate challenges of recovering from a pandemic or forming a strategic vision, this tool kit makes a difference. Looking at your business from different perspectives helps you see new opportunities for growth, new markets, and improved performance."

Kelley Platt, president and CEO, Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive

"Whether you are leading an organization of 350,000 or a team of ten, this framework will help you to be a more effective leader. Read the book and bring curiosity and discipline to each of the 7 Perspectives Daniel has outlined. You will be armed with what you need in order to make the best decisions and have maximum influence."

Frank Blake, former chairman and CEO, The Home Depot

"Daniel and his team have proven to be key partners for our company leadership over the years. The principles he lays out in his book are universal pillars of good stewardship for leaders of companies. I find great value in being able to leverage Daniel's countless experiences coaching and mentoring leaders of business."

Brett McGovern, CEO, Bay Equity Home Loans

"Once again, Daniel delivers clarity. His focus on 'decisions and influence' are so accurate in today's world, and more importantly, his framework delivers the path to success."

Martin Whalen, vice president, Bristol Myers Squibb

"The concepts regarding leadership in Daniel's book will help everyone facing their own leadership dilemmas. Daniel's insight, perspective, and 'humanness' are always welcomed and will help everyone. The book will be one of those favorites we all quote from."

Steve Jacobson, CEO, Fairway Mortgage

"Daniel genuinely captures the essence of leadership: a true leader sees what other people see and understands what they do not see, listens to what other people say, and more importantly, hears what they do not say. This applies universally, whether leading a submarine or a company on Wall Street."

Captain John McGunnigle, USN, and John R. Ranelli, retired CEO and board member

"Daniel Harkavy's The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders is one of a half-dozen must-reads if you are defining your purpose in life and business. His new book captures the essence of success in life and business. I began working with Daniel and Building Champions about a decade ago. All 7 Perspectives hold the potential to dramatically improve your decision-making and your influence and are highly valuable. For me, one of the biggest impacts is gaining the perspective of the Team. Daniel helped me to understand how I could better engage my team and leverage their insights. I began traveling the company, asking our people where we could improve. As a result, we have implemented hundreds of enhancements based on their suggestions. After each meeting, we summarize the notes and the actions we intend to take as a result of the feedback we received. These notes are sent to the entire company, which creates alignment and accountability to act on the feedback we have received. Today I am more engaged than ever before. I love my job, and we have created an organization that our people love working for, and this is all possible by seeking the perspective of our team!"

Donald M. Burton, president, Evergreen Home Loans

"As the CEO of a financial services company with 1,600 team members operating in thirty states, I've relied on Daniel Harkavy as a mentor and coach for the past twenty-five years to challenge me and our leadership teams. The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders shows us the power and magic of filtering our decisions through an interwoven set of seven sound perspectives. It's an easy-to-understand model for leaders to connect the dots to be much more effective for the organization and its goals. Thanks once again, Daniel, for another game changer!"

Marc N. Laird, chairman and CEO, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.

"Never has there been a more critical time than today to apply The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders. Daniel Harkavy offers that effective leaders can see the destination in their minds. It has been my experience that great leaders indeed have a vision and want to share their story. It's in that articulation and engagement that they are able to lead others to that vision. I have spent my career working with entrepreneurial leadership as well as leaders of long-established organizations across the globe to help them create a leadership legacy and assure a bright future. My goal has been and continues to be helping those leaders create organizational cultures where people tap-dance to work, where individuals get to do what they are good at and enjoy, and where they have the opportunity to work with great leaders, mentors, team members, and guests and customers, and a great brand. I believe Daniel's book gives leaders a way to connect the dots of their leadership to a vision, not just for today, but how to get to tomorrow by engaging team members in that future state. His ability to help leaders determine and overcome blind spots at every juncture is necessary for every leader to consider."

Kimberly Rath, cofounder and cochairman, Talent Plus, Inc.

"Leadership is all about helping people to come together to create something special and of value. And that's exactly what The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders will help you to do. The premise and framework Daniel shares in the pages that follow are guaranteed to equip you with what you need to be the most effective leader possible in these complicated times."

Horst Schulze, president, Horst Schulze Consulting

"Daniel combines warmth of heart, depth of experience, and clarity of mind to bring you a new, very clear framework for making decisions and becoming a better leader. Using a commonsense starting point of current reality in your business or life, layering in a multidimensional perspective, akin to the stakeholder model we used at Whole Foods Market, Daniel guides you to a more systematic and holistic way of working through the challenges and opportunities we all face. Daniel is a teacher and mentor from whom you will enjoy learning and who will, in his own special way, encourage and inspire you to a new level in your leadership."

Walter Robb, principal, Stonewall Robb Advisors; former co-CEO, Whole Foods Market

"'Leadership depends on the decisions you make and the influence you have'--that's Daniel Harkavy's mantra. One without the other does not work. His book shows how to improve as a leader in both fields. Daniel Harkavy's deep understanding of how processes work in organizations, teams, relationships, and within your own brain provides great insight. This cognitive framework is uniquely complemented with pragmatic advice. Every chapter breathes the essence of the hundreds of corporations Daniel has seen--he knows what works and, more importantly, what does not. Everyone can improve--understanding and the right tools bring you already halfway (at least)."

Martin Daum, member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG; chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler Truck AG


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    Daniel Harkavy founded executive coaching firm Building Champions, Inc., more than two decades ago. He and his team have been coaching thousands of leaders through this book's content in firms like Daimler, Nike, Kaiser Permanente, Chick-fil-A, John Deere,...

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