Don’t Wait for Someone Else to Fix It: 8 Essentials to Enhance Your Leadership Impact at Work, Home, and Anywhere Else That Needs You: Doug Lennick, Chuck Wachendorfer

“Lennick and Wachendorfer have boiled down the ‘8 Essentials’ anyone
can apply to make a meaningful difference in their life or in the lives of others.”

―Stephen M.R. Covey, Bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and Trust & Inspire

“If you’re looking to grow leadership skills in all areas of your life, this book is a highpowered
combination of critical thinking skills combined with emotional competencies.
These 8 leadership essentials work together in a magical combination to produce unlimited
positive outcomes for today’s leaders.”

―John Hantz, Founder and CEO of the Hantz Group


Essentials To Maximize Your Influence In Business And Life

Aim to Be Your Ideal Self – “We can only be successful leaders when we embrace
principles and values, define our purpose and goals, and act accordingly,” write the
authors. They detail the importance of ensuring that your values, goals, and behaviors are

Know Your Real Self – “We need to cultivate self-awareness to benchmark our real
selves against the people and leaders we ideally want to be,” the authors explain. They
point out the common errors people make when assessing who they are, and how to
develop a more accurate picture.

Ignite Integrity and Responsibility – Integrity and responsibility breed trust. If others
don’t trust you, they won’t collaborate with you. Lennick and Wachendorfer emphasize
telling the truth, standing up for what’s right, keeping promises, admitting mistakes, and
serving others, as key components of a commitment to integrity and responsibility.

Embrace Empathy and Compassion – Empathy is the ability to understand and
appreciate what others are feeling, while compassion involves using what you understand
to show that you care. The authors describe a variety of barriers to empathy and
compassion, and outline a pathway by which leaders can recognize the experiences of
their followers, help them to address those experiences, and then move forward together
with a shared sense of purpose.

Decide Wisely – Everyone makes approximately 35,000 decisions each day. Your
influence as a leader depends greatly on others’ responses to the decisions you make,
explain Lennick and Wachendorfer. They discuss obstacles to wise decisions – such as
“emotional landmines” and mental biases including overconfidence, confirmation bias, and
over optimism – and lay out the four Rs of decision making: recognize, reflect, reframe,
and respond.

Let Go Of What You Know – Learning agility – the ability to learn from experience – has
become a critical skill for leaders at all levels. The authors offer guidance for cultivating a
learning mindset, including being curious, choosing growth over comfort, resisting
defensiveness, and experimentation.

Achieve Purposeful Goals – Lennick and Wachendorfer encourage people to adopt the
WDYWFY goal achievement model, which stands for “What Do You Want For Yourself.”
This approach requires achieving self-awareness about what you want, applying an “acid
test” to your goals, and following five clear steps for achieving those goals.

Empower Others – “Empowerment is a powerful leadership tool because it taps into the
internal motivators of the people you want to influence,” write the authors. Effective
empowerment demands that leaders clarify expectations and provide resources to their

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