Become a better leader by accessing the source of your professional influence.
Viewing them as 'touchy feely', intangible and invisible, most leaders separate their personal lives from their professional lives. Diana Jones, an executive coach for 30-years, argues that this is unwise. In fact, the 'soft side' of leadership - empathy, compassion, and authentic communication derived from personal experience - is both powerful and essential to enhancing executive presence, influencing others and achieving results.
Through compelling stories and examples taken directly from Jones's coaching sessions with experienced leaders, readers will learn how to make enduring behavioural changes that will produce better business results and create alignment among disparate groups using empathy and leadership language.
Leadership Material breaks fresh ground on issues like making behavioral changes to increase effectiveness, developing empathy, and maintaining emotional equilibrium while under stress. Whether you lead a global enterprise, a small department, or your local community group, this book can help you up your game. — Forbes
Diana Jones enables you to create a presence wherein others follow you without being asked, people support you with being influenced, and repute is manifest without being forced. Leadership Material is a tour de force for building and sustaining personal impact. — Alan Weiss, PhD author, 'Million Dollar Consulting', and 'Million Dollar Maverick'
Everything you need to know to become an exceptional leader is right here! — Marshall Goldsmith - Thinkers50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World
Leadership is about people, experience and relationships. Diana's book captures the simplicity of that well. — Steve Tew, CEO, New Zealand Rugby
Diana Jones hits the nail of challenges and opportunity for leadership on its head. Leadership Material tackles hard topics that can be uncomfortable to deal with, but, are game-changers for any professional looking optimize their influence and accelerate their success. — Karen Post, international branding expert, author of 'Brand Turnaround' and 'Brain Tattoos'
Diana Jones understands that a leader is not just what they do but also who they are when they do it. Presence is an ephemeral concept. Diana is giving it form. — Matt Church, founder Thought Leaders Global
A refreshing perspective on contemporary teams and relationships, with novel, practical strategies for more effective communication. — Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, author and futurist, founder and CEO of Tech Girls Movement
The solid analysis, insights, stories, and the practice steps at the end of each chapter help leaders draw the insights they need to build their own effectiveness. — Geoff Dangerfield, QSO, former CEO of NZ Transport Agency
A must-read for any leader who understands that it is the interpersonal relationships and interactions they promote and support which are their most powerful organizational tools. — Franceska Banga, ONZM, Former Chief Executive of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund
Diana takes the reader on a multi-dimensional journey to reflect on and to create executive presence, a prerequisite for being a real leader. — Prof. Dr Guido Quelle, Managing Partner, Mandat Consulting Group (Mandat GmbH); Dortmund, London, New York
Creating a more powerful and influential executive presence is the differentiator for the most powerful leaders in the world, and Diana's book comes at the perfect time-when we are exhausted by the old paradigms of leadership and anticipate and welcome a more thoughtful, socially intelligent leader to take us onto the new horizons in our organizations. — Libby Wagner, advisor to global CEOs and author of 'The Influencing Option'