The DNA of Leadership

Author: Dr. William Badger
Year: 2010
Format: Paperback
Chapters: 24
Pages: 414

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This book is written for emerging professionals in the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Industry.  The data presented in this book clearly supports the theory that improved leadership improves performance. The chapters are written in a standalone fashion, and can be read out of their numerical order.

Genes are made from a long molecule called DNA, which is copied and inherited across generations.  DNA is made of simple units that line up in a particular order within the large molecule.  The order of these units carries genetic information, similar to how the order of letters on a page carries information.  The author’s concept is to break down structure on leadership into DNA units so readers can build their own leadership philosophy.

The author’s philosophy is to present leadership theory and research in the language of EPC professionals using a ‘storytelling’ style.  The silver bullet of good leadership is the combination of small actions that are used daily.  Professionals need to adapt the actions that work well and modify, or eliminate, those that do not.  Leadership is learned by practicing the skills daily, evaluating the results, and then making adjustments.  Through the book’s exercises and games, readers can adopt the embedded knowledge that resonates with their personality, experience, and position.  These exercises and games force emerging leaders to think, to assimilate, and to package their learning into applications that they can use on their jobs.

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