About the Author
Tommy Spaulding, the founder and president of Spaulding Companies, a leadership-development consulting firm based in Denver, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book It’s Not Just Who You Know. The former president and CEO of the global leadership organization Up with People and the co-founder of The Center for Heart-Led Leadership, Spaulding consults with and speaks to businesses and nonprofit organizations across the country.
About The Heart-Led Leader
In his first book, It’s Not Just Who You Know (which rose to #2 on the New York Times bestseller list), world renowned leadership speaker and former CEO of Up with People Tommy Spaulding talked about the power of building genuine and lasting relationships both personally and professionally. In his new book, The Heart-Led Leader, Spaulding turns his focus to ourselves – to who we are. Authentic leaders, Spaulding says, live and lead from the heart. The values and principles that guide our lives and shape our ability to lead others is far more important than our title, or our ability to crunch numbers, or the impressive degrees we display on our walls.
To effect true transformational change, heart-led leaders draw on the qualities of humility, vulnerability, transparency, empathy and love. Illustrated with stories from his own life, and from some of the exceptional leaders he has met and worked with over the years, Spaulding unpacks what those qualities mean, talks about the 18-inch journey from the head to the heart – from our intellect to our emotions – and shows us how to incorporate them into our careers, into how we manage and lead others, and into how we live our lives. It is a vision of leadership that has the power to transform everything we do, and the lives of everyone we touch.
My goal for 2016 is to set more time aside for reading great books. I believe that I have to spend more time investing in reading spiritual, business, and books related to my growth and overall development. I am planning to read a new book every month. I really enjoyed reading “The Heart Led Leader,” for the month of December. Spaulding takes on a different spiritual and uplifting approach when it comes to taking leadership positions from corporate America to small social groups and church leadership groups. I enjoyed his transparency and how he says that we have to live and lead from the heart. He stresses that leadership goes beyond immaculate degrees on the walls, achievements in the work place, and the management and leadership of others. This book had the ability to transform the qualities, emotions, and direction of my very own leadership style, to not lead so much with intellect and ambition, but to also lead from my heart. I received this book for review from Blogging for Books.