Three Common Mistakes New Leaders Make (and How to Avoid Them)

This is a guest post by Scott Eblin, author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success. Scott is also an executive coach, speaker, blogger, and Twitter user. He is a former Fortune 500 HR executive, president of The Eblin Group and graduate of Davidson College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University’s leadership coaching certificate program, where he is also on the faculty.

Taking over a new leadership role can be a pretty exciting moment in any executive’s career. It can also be one of the most dangerous. Research conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership shows that up to 40 percent of newly promoted managers and executives are no longer in their roles within 18 months of a promotion.

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What goes wrong? In surveys and focus groups with thousands of executives, researchers at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business identified some common reasons why new leaders can run off the rails. Some of the top derailers are:

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  • Ineffective communications skills
  • Weak relationships
  • Failure to clarify expectations

Fortunately, there are three simple things that new leaders can do to increase the odds of success. The successful executives that I interviewed for The Next Level recommend that newly promoted leaders do these things in their first month on the new job:

  1. Meet and Greet: A top priority for any new leader is to get to know the key players in the organization. Leaders need to be multi-directional early and:
    • Look up and down the chain to top management and direct reports.
    • Look left and right to the peers on the leadership team.
    • Look diagonally to the people recognized as the experts and influencers in the organization.
    • Look outside the organization to key customers and other stakeholders.
  2. Listen More, Talk Less: Those early conversations should be dedicated to asking some common questions of the stakeholders. The new leader’s goal should be to learn the organization as quickly as possible. That can be accomplished by listening more and talking less. By asking a set of common questions, leaders can begin to see the patterns about what matters most in their new job. Some good questions to ask include:
    • What are the key outcomes that will make this year successful for you and your team?
    • What kind of support would you like to see from me and my team to support your success
    • What is working well that my team should keep doing?
    • What would you like to see my team start doing or stop doing to be more effective?
    • What do I need to know about my new job that people are unlikely to tell me?
  3. Find Out What Success Looks Like: The most important question that new leaders need to ask is this:

    What do you think success looks like for my team six, twelve and twenty four months from now?”

By comparing and contrasting the different answers to this question, a new leader can sort through what’s expected and begin to identify who can help.

Do these three suggestions sound like common sense advice? Sure they do, but the high rate of new leader failure suggests they’re often not implemented.

If you want to succeed at a higher level, you’ve got to build a strong foundation for success. These three basic ideas provide a proven process for getting started.

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  • MichaelHyatt

    New Guest Post and FREE Book: “Three Common Mistakes New Leaders Make (and How to Avoid Them)”

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      RT @MichaelHyatt: New Guest Post and FREE Book: “Three Common Mistakes New Leaders Make (and How to Avoid Them)”

  • @F_Monaco

    Would love to win a copy of The Next Level, think it would have some great insights in helping to succeed to a higher level!

  • @DanielTardy

    As someone who has studied leadership for a long time, I've always wanted to 'get it right' when I was given the chance to lead. I was given my opportunity a few months ago, and now I'm realizing there's a lot more to it than what I saw on the surface.

    I still really want to get it right and learn how to better empower my team. It's scary sometimes to think that their success depends on my ability to lead well. I'm always interested in resources that will let me learn from someone else's mistakes.

    I'd also love to hear more posts and advice from you for newer leaders. Sometimes it's challenging to connect the dots for those of us who are just getting started.

    Thanks Mike!

    • Scott Eblin

      Hi Dan

      Thanks for your heartfelt story. It can be a lot of pressure to be the leader. Just remember, it's not all on you to have all the answers. Get your team involved by coaching them and asking the questions that will stimulate their growth and innovative ideas.

      To your success –

      Scott Eblin

  • @thedailyrob

    Love these concepts! I find myself in a leadership void at work, on a major project that doesn't always have clear direction. Representing one of many cross-functional groups, I am not in the position of leadership, but the group seems hungry for a leader. It's good to be reminded of these principles, knowing that they should work equally well in any leadership role, positional or not, and not just "the next level". Thank you!

    • Scott Eblin

      You're absolutely right about the concepts applying to non positional leaders. So much of the work of real leadership is about establishing connection. Connecting with others and connecting others with the bigger picture and positioning them to contribute. All the best to you on your journey! Scott Eblin

  • @backtoallen

    I would absolutely read it, then share it with others! Leaders never stop learning and find inspiration everywhere

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  • Chris Spradlin

    great post! I have moved from to a church in Colorado…just wrapping up year one…the 3 things you have mentioned are paramount! I am no leadership expert like the author but one more thing i would recommend is to "let it breathe"…so easy to get in a new role and try to prove yourself, this can become very unnatural. thanks again!

    • Scott Eblin

      Great addition Chris. By breathing you give yourself space to be and space to think and reflect. That's where the qualities that will really differentiate you as a leader will come from. Blessings in your new role. Scott Eblin

  • Juan

    Hi Mike – When I was promoted back in July 2010 as a Sales Manager, I was told the sales run rate looked phenomenal for the rest of the year, and all the sales team was in sync for growth to meet budget. Basically 2 months later found out that our top customer (70% sales driver) had a low and high season, and low season started on the 2nd half of the year, and also found out the sales person's definition of success was "we have low and high seasons, all depends on one customer" in other words for him was like, no problem I will recover once the high season comes back. In my case "success" means we need to meet budget every month.
    I am working my way out of the hole, also found out that 75% of my sales team are in sync'd and 25% just getting by, how can I Go to the Next Level, I am sure this book will help me greatly.

  • benjamin

    Would love to learn more as we have a small team ministering to 35,000 students who are trying to overcome addictions. . i would use this resource to its fullest.

  • Kirsten

    I would love to read this book! I really could use some help connecting with my fellow employees. They think of me as their best friend and not their supervisor! That I don't really have any authority to take action. I need to be more effective and a better leader. Any help would be most appreciated.

    • Scott Eblin

      Hi Juan – one of the shifts that I talk about in the book is to pick up defining what to do and let go of telling how to do it. As you're learning, a big component of what to do is making sure that everyone is absolutely clear on what successful outcomes and behaviors look like. Good luck to you as you coach up your team! All the best – Scott

  • Kirsten

    Yes! I do promise to read this book. I know it will give me the courage and the confidence to be a strong leader in my job and do better in the workplace. I will even pass this book along to my husband so he too can be a better leader in his job place.

  • brothertonandrew

    I would love to have this book. As a young student, growing into a young leader, and hopefully a strong leader it would be amazing to learn what not to do. Also what I need to focus on to make a more positive impact on my future workplace and my other employees.

  • billqsack

    I was one of the 40%…

    • Daniel Decker

      Have you rebounded Bill?

      • billqsack

        That's so kind of you to ask!
        As hard and painful as it was, it was actually the best thing that could have happened. I learnt so much from the whole experience.

        I think for me the three areas highlighted above were exactly the problem and I didn't have the experience or maturity to see it or know how to address them. For me personally God really used it to work on aspects of my character that never would have been addressed other wise.

        As it turned out it also ended up being a real opportunity to reflect on what my passion and gifting actually is- which means I am now working in my sweet spot.

        One of my friends said to me that sometimes God leads you down paths you don't want to go in order to take you to places you don't want to leave.


  • blessingmpofu

    Great post! At the moment I find myself in a couple of new roles in different teams and projects… I especially like looking diagonally, it challenges one line of thought, facilitating some "out of the box thinking" I would like the book, promise to read it and will use it to better my leadership and team to make a difference for good!

  • SusanHLawrence

    Thanks for the practical questions you've included in your post. Great reminders and tips to pass along! In addition to tweeting the link, I immediately emailed the blog link to several people I know – either coming into a new position or supervising someone in a new position this week. We so often get caught up in the first "to do's" of a job and forget that the relationships and patterns we begin right away are instrumental down the road. I'd appreciate getting to learn more to be able to suggest to others as a Ministry Consultant. I'll pass the blessings along!

    • Scott Eblin

      Thanks for sharing it Susan! Blessings to you in your work. Scott Eblin

      • SusanHLawrence

        You're welcome. Thank YOU, Scott!

  • Guillaume Smit

    I specifically agree with the argument that a leader should first listen, and then talk. This prevents a person to becoming judgmental and directive.

    BTW I'd gladly do a review of the book on my blog as well as an Afrikaans review on the website

    • Scott Eblin

      Would really appreciate the review on your blog Guillaume. Let me know how I can help. All the best – Scott

  • Kenny

    I will definitely read this book, as I always look for ways to raise my leadership to the next level. Whether that is in my family, my work, or my community. Leadership is a learning process, the more I read, and listen, the more i learn about trying to be a better leader.

  • scott carmack

    Michael ~ I would like a copy of the The Next Level. It seems to be the type of book that I would find nourishing at this stage of my career. I am moving into an executive grooming role with my company and I believe some of the insights would provide me with clear examples of how to negotiate and maneuver through the giant hair ball of corporate life. I approach all books as if they are written directly to me from a mentor who has been there, done that. I will read the book, blog and twitter those ideas that I find most useful and will reference them in the future as I make headway in my new role.

    • Scott Eblin

      Hi Scott – Congratulations on your path and for navigating the giant hair ball (assuming you've read Gordon MacKenzie's wonderful book). I hope you'll find The Next Level valuable. I really tried to make it feel like a very practical coaching conversation about what one needs to pick up and let go when different results are expected. Hope we can engage in an ongoing conversation on the topic. All the best –

      Scott Eblin

  • Richard Wanjema

    This is an area we all need help in. After observing a few managers do things the wrong way, it would be nice to be equipped with the right information. This book would definitely help.

  • PaulSteinbrueck

    These are certainly good suggestions, but as a CEO, I can't help but wonder why organizations leave it up to new leaders to do these things. If you are a leader and you promote or hire someone to a leadership position within your organization, the 3 things mentioned in this post should be the top 3 priorities of your orientation process.

    1) Introduce the new leader to the people they need to know.
    2) Organize opportunities for the new leader to listen to those people.
    3) Define expectations for the new leader.

    • Scott Eblin

      Right on Paul! Cheers – Scott

  • SethC

    I'd love to win the book. I just started a new position as an Associate Pastor at a church and would love any helpful advice I can get. I bet the insights from this book transfer pretty easily into a ministry setting.

  • Scott Eblin

    Hi Chew – You might like this idea I heard from Jim Collins – work on increasing your ratio of listening to talking. I always try to remind myself that God gave me two ears and one mouth for a reason! Cheers – Scott

  • Andrés Herrera

    Hey Michael, I would really like to win a copy of this book. I am starting to learn how to lead, so I think I can benefit from it a lot. Also, I am a firm believer in learning from others experiences and mistakes. I wish that this book will help me teach others how to avoid these mistakes and also how to learn from them. God uses our mistakes for us to grow.


  • Jody Earley

    I am currently in transition and have plans to start a new leadership role by next month (November). I think this book would be very timely for me. Thank you.

  • Micah Green

    These are some great insights-thank you so much for sharing! I just came into a new organization, and I found this article very applicable to someone in my situation who is learning roles and processes of a different organization. I love the advice to “listen more and talk less.” One thing that I have seen in those in new leadership roles is the tendency to jump right into a discussion without learning about the history behind it, who is involved, who wants to achieve what, etc. In my view, quality leadership involves asking, which leads to listening and observation, which produces knowledge, which in turn allows me to contribute. At any rate, this article has certainly whetted my appetite for more instruction in this area! And yes-I would certainly read the book!

    • Scott Eblin

      Hi Micah – You're right – so much of leadership is about asking good questions. What are some of your favorites? Peace – Scott Eblin

  • Neal Hopps

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for providing such value in this post. As the author of a leadership minded blog, I would like a copy of the book to gain more insight into what I write about so that I can help others as well as find more creative ways to engage my employees so that they become more productive and successful. Once again, thanks!

  • Linda S

    I would love to have a copy of the book The Next Level. I have been reading many books on leadership and studying to improve my relationship / leadership skills. I will read the book and do my best to put it's recommendations into practice.

  • @oidenise

    I received my first promotion to manager at the tender age of 15. I was manager of "ice cream" at the ice cream and candy store that I worked. While in college, I had a work-study job "manning" the art department's supply store, the following year they changed the structure of the store so that I, a student, could manage it. Since then, my career has followed that track — join a company as an individual contributor and within 12 months receive a promotion to manager.

    I recently made the jump to entrepreneur, starting my own firm a few years ago, but believe that the commonsense approach evidenced in this post is no less relevant to the entrepreneur.

  • Kirsten

    twitter a link to this post.

  • Jared Brandon

    I've heard it said a thousand times if I've heard it once… "Leaders are readers. And readers are leaders."

    This is a truth I have really come to embrace since a promotion I received about 8 months ago. Thanks in part to Michael's spot-on book recommendations, and mostly to a love for reading and learning, I have learned many great truths about leadership, management, productivity, and people. One commonly occurring theme is that a leader needs to know what questions to ask. This is a weak area of mine and it seems to be one of the most core principles. Scott's book seems to really dive into this area… I know I could put this resource to good use and I know of a few co-workers who would benefit as well.

  • dannyjbixby

    This book sounds very interesting and incredibly appropriate for me. I work part time at a mega church, and am finding myself in more leadership roles as time progresses (making a web team, starting new communication procedures, etc). There's a healthy balance of getting in and making changes that you see need to be made, while not tipping the boat & becoming an enemy to people rooted in current systems.

    That stands true in the professional world, how much more so for the church world.

    I think this book would help me out, especially as I'm young and haven't done this before. I'm constantly looking for ways to build up my leadership foundation.

    Appreciate the consideration ;)

  • Mcleland

    I would very much like a copy of this book. I have a strong sense of serving others from a leadership role, but I feel as though I'm not doing well at that role currently. I'm not quite sure what skills I lack at this point.

    This post was very interesting as these happened almost automatically when I joined my current workplace. Meetings (formal and informal) were facilitated by my boss at first, and others voluntarily visited me. I was proactive in some cases, but it wasn't necessary for many people as they just showed up at my office. Also, I saw the need to learn the job quickly so I listened and took notes a great deal during those first 2-3 months. Finally, my boss gave me three clear goals I needed to pursue, so that was fairly clear cut as well.

    My point is that while this is the responsibility of the new leader to pursue, the supervisor and workplace can also play a significant role in building that new leader up as well. I would think that organizations would want to encourage that to prevent new leaders from burning out.

    And I promise I would read the book if I received it.

    • Scott Eblin

      No wonder they hired you! Sounds like you made all the right moves. Also sounds like you've got a great boss. Congrats! – Scott Eblin

  • Allan Victorio

    This is sooo good! A very practical wisdom for any leader who is leading new leaders – to make sure they will be successful. Even for me who has been leading a cell group for several years now, I can totally apply this practical wisdom.

  • @treymcclain

    As a General Manager for a local business and a Pastor of a relatively new church, I'm intrigued by the insights offered in The Next Level. Would love a chance to learn from Elbin's experience and knowledge

  • pckaufma

    A copy of the book would help me for two reasons:

    1. I'm ten months into a new leadership position.
    2. One of my mentees is poised to enter a new leadership position within the next 24 months.

    I was groomed for my current position by the previous leader (over the course of 18 months); he still makes himself available to me as a resource. That has proven very valuable. He encouraged me to perform all three tasks when I began the job. I followed his advice then, and I asked the questions again about a month ago. I have the data, but I need some help learning how to analyze the answers to the questions.

    After I read the book, I will report on it to our "nerd group" (5 of us), where we take turns reporting on business, spiritual, and leadership books. The mentee I mentioned above is part of this group. He and I will discuss the principles in a separate meeting, and I probably have him read it as well.


    • Scott Eblin

      Lots of great learning can go on in those nerd groups! Would love to hear what some of the takeaways are after you've compared notes. All the best – Scott Eblin

  • Daniel Rose

    As a pastor in a small church I am realizing that an ongoing development of leadership skills is even more necessary than in a larger organization. I am constantly looking for avenues to sharpen these skills. I am quite certain that I have made all three of these mistakes. For us, the last question is critical. As a faith community we struggle to determine what "success" looks like. Thanks for posting this synopsis of the text, either way, I will probably be trying to get my hands on the text.

  • rikerjoe

    Hi Michael – I was so thrilled to open my reader this morning and see the guest post by Scott Eblin. I've been following Scott on Twitter and am a regular reader of his blog posts on and on his Next Level blog. Scott has wonderful insights that I find invaluable as I work towards building and leading high performance teams. For me, each new team I lead is a step up in scope, responsibility, and pressure, and Scott's tips have been extremely helpful to me. The Next Level is on my reading list – so when I saw your offer to your readers, I had to jump on it. For everyone, whether you get one of the 100 copies or not, you ought to get yourself a copy, regardless.


    • Scott Eblin

      Hey Joe – Great to see one of my Twitter buddies here in the comments! Thanks for saying hi and for all you and NASA do for our country. I'll bet the people of Chile are pretty thankful for the help NASA gave in rescuing those miners! Hope you enjoy the new book. All the best – Scott

  • Curt Combs

    Want or Need? NEED! I lead a group that is called Pastoral Leadership Development Team. We have been given a 5 year task to develop methods to help pastors break the cycle of changing churches every years (research shows the most effective years of leadership are between yrs. 5 & 10). That means most never get to the most effective years – too many make early mistakes that lead to early exits. Not only will I post a link, I'm on my way to a team meeting and I'm printing out a copy so they can both check out the book for themselves, but also so they find out about your great blog.
    Grace & Peace

    • Scott Eblin

      Hi Curt – So many of the mistakes that new leaders make are predictable and avoidable. One of my missions in life is to help make the implicit more explicit so that we can all learn from each other's experience. Sounds like you're on the same path. Blessings to you. Scott Eblin

  • http://SteveAkers Steve Akers

    I've been in a leadership position for four years now and looking back I realize that mistakes were made. For example, it took me too long to let go of the doubt and self-reliance, which seems like an odd combination. I tended to doubt my ability to transform the group, but at the same time depended too much on being able to make it happen single-handedly. After two years I finally let go of the dream of coaching my team to the level they needed to perform (improvements were made, but sadly not enough). I then hired a high performing team that allowed me to focus on clearly articulating a vision for the group and relying on the team to make it happen. This in turn generated a much needed boost to my confidence. At any rate, thanks for the post, and I'm looking forward to reading the book as I'm continually striving to improve my leadership.

    • Scott Eblin

      So many of us have that combination of doubt and self reliance. Most leaders have a history of being go to people who get it done no matter what. It can be a real challenge and very doubt inducing to let go of the very approach that initially made us successful. Congrats, Steve, on making the shift so quickly! Cheers – Scott Eblin

  • John R

    I am currently in the middle of an awkward transition. I would love to read this resource, especially dealing in the area of diagnosing my next corporate culture with regard to values and definition of success. Of course, I promise to read the book and also provide a review on my blog!

  • Wanda Simpson

    I was surprised by the 18 month retention fact. Individuals are usually promoted not because of leadership skills, but because of individual talent and drive. Those things rarely translate to being a leader without hard work. I look forward to reading more.

  • Laurinda

    I often wonder if making the transition to peer to manager is harder than going to another company into a higher position. I see people choke when they begin leading a group that they once were part of as a peer. I try to remember to conduct myself around my peers in a why that won't haunt me if I ever found myself in authority over them.

    • Scott Eblin

      That transition of leading former peers can be one of the toughest. One tip is to call out the elephant in the room. Talk about what's different, what your vision is and make some offers and requests around the best way to work together going forward. All of us should follow your lead on not doing anything that we might live to regret! All the best Scott Eblin

  • Brian Hinkley

    One of my favorite pastimes is to sit and read. It's one of the things that truly relaxes me. My favorite books to read are enrichment and self improvement. One of the reasons why I enjoy reading your blog is that I discover books that are worth reading. It save me the trouble of screening them myself knowing that a CEO would say a book is worth reading. Another reason I enjoy your blog is the involvement from readers and especially the authors that were recomended. It is nice to see that Scott Eblin has personally responded to a majority of the comments today.

  • Georgiana

    Even though I am not an “Executive” in the corporate world, I am an “Executive” in my own individual life. My personal ambition is to constantly FOCUS on who I am in my values and how my choices affect others as this is what life is all about.
    It’s important to make a decision to make a difference! Take leadership in your life, your thinking, your emotions, your believing and finally, your actions. Take charge of your life in order to live your life to the fullest! Don’t worry what others think as only you can determine your values and be a role model. Align yourself with them everyday as you are in control of how you live. Listen to others and learn from their feedback. Constantly strengthen relationships and build stronger bonds with people.
    I definitely promise to read “The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success” as it will continue to remind me that all my choices in life have a direct influence on others and determine what my legacy will be. Therefore I choose to EMBRACE my life passionately projecting an uplifting POSITIVITY to all who come my way!

  • Tom Jamieson

    I would definitely read this book. When I first started pastoring, I wish someone had given me this list. I would have learned a lot more that way without all the trial and error. Unfortunately, leadership is not one of the fundamentals taught in most seminaries. Thanks, Michael, for this opportunity!

  • Pamela

    Hey All,
    I recently joined the workforce last week after 4 months of settling into our new city and job searching (my husband took a job offer) and I've been on this road before since we've moved three times. Every time, I start a new job I am initially excited for the new challenges, the expectations for how much I will learn are high and in a matter of a short time, my enthusiasm is deflated. Why, you may ask? The truth is that there are people leading groups that are not really leading – they're just delegating and maybe not even that. I'd love to learn and get more insight on what amke a good leader good and hone in my skillset to develop into one in this new opportunity that I am very excited about. I just finished a recreational book and would love to dive into a book that is more deep in context and will actuallu help me grow professionally!


  • Bob Brooks

    This book reminds me of the scripture that says one should be "quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." I have been part of the succession planning team for a major Fortune 500 company, and have seen this problem of "Ready, Fire, Aim" happened too frequently. Most are so interested in making their 'mark' that they move too quickly without an adequate plan. Understanding the culture and it's evolution is key to getting the "fit" for your plan and legacy. To use a different metaphor, writing a prescription before checking the vital signs and the symptoms seems like a recipe for a failure.

    I would like a copy of this book as I teach leadership as an adjunct as well as pastor a church who continue to need new leadership wisdom to fulfil their purpose. I'm also writing a dissertation on organization leadership and constantly in need of more insightful leadership references. :o)

  • Jack Heimbigner

    Michael, I would love to win a copy of The Next Level, though I have a couple of questions. First, how can this play out for more for middle/lower management personnel? And how can these be adopted to non-profits where job movement doesn't seem to be as important to all members of the leadership structure?

    Perhaps these types of questions are answered in the book, though I would like to get your thoughts, thanks! I have been enjoying your most recent posts!

  • ThatGuyKC

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    One for each of the three keys to success.

    As an individual contributor pursing an MBA and future leadership opportunities this advice is very timely.

    I want a copy of this book to supplement the textbook education I'm receiving and round out my perspectives on leadership.

  • Carl Franzon

    I would read this book if I won it and use it to help myself and some younger leaders that I am mentoring.

  • Jeffrey

    I just received a promotion from one size Christian bookstore to a much larger size Christian bookstore as the manager. I begin at the new store on November 1, and don't want to make the mistakes mentioned in the post. I think this book could really help me identify ways to succeed. Thanks for considering me for the book. God Bless!

  • Shane Sanchez

    Great post. As I read these ideas it causes me to want to read the entire book for insight into my career. As a student I am bombarded with information on what it takes to make it to the top. Very rarely will you hear someone talk about engaging in genuine relationships and learning from those at all levels around you. This may be a dog eat dog world but I believe the value of relationship goes beyond the power of arrogance.
    I want to read this book to gain perspective for my future. I have read tons of books on leadership from pastor’s but have yet to from someone working outside fof the church. This book offers wisdom that isn’t commonly made public.
    Great post and hope that I have the opportunity to be selected to receive the book!

  • Blane Young

    This post is so rich with practical tips!

    I think the biggest takeaway is making sure that new leaders find and utilize listening posts, which ensures that they are not just talking heads.

    I would dig a copy of the book, if it is anything like this post, it could be game-changing for me and my organization!

  • @YORWinnyZhu

    I would love to win a copy. I'm always looking for ways to improve my leadership, whether for working in the field or just in my everyday life. Then I will share the book and what i learned with everyone else around me.

  • @blackburnmanor

    Great tips, but not just for "new" leaders. These tips should probably be followed every year or so, especially if your organization has had some major structural or focus changes. And new leaders promoted from within need to follow these as well. Don't assume that you know the business just because you were "staff" yesterday. Your job has changed and you are operating by a new set of rules: relationships, annual goals, etc. are all new for you.
    Oh, and i would like a copy of the book. : )

    • Scott Eblin

      Love the idea of revisiting guiding principles on a regular basis. One of the things I like best about my GPSis that when I make a wrong turn it immediately says recalculating route. We all need to apply that recalibration process on a regular basis. Thanks for the comment. Cheers Scott Eblin

  • @Jenpeterson96

    I am interested in leadership in general – what works and what doesn't work. I am working to advance myself within my company, and this post has given me some good information. I would be interested in reading your book so that I can expand my knowledge and incorporate your lessons within my daily activities at work.

  • James Vickery

    Wow! great advice and SO timely considering my present circumstances (I've just interviewed for a leadership position). If I am successful I am going to embed these suggestions into my first '100 days!'. It would be a privilege to be able to learn more [from the book] – thanks for this opportunity!

    • Scott Eblin

      Good luck! Hope you get the job. All the best Scott Eblin

  • Chris Johnson

    Awesome Advice!

    Thank you so much for the contribution and, yes… if my name is chosen to receive the book, IT WILL BE READ.

    Be blessed, be a blessing!

  • Kay Burton

    I NEED THIS BOOK because I work with High School students as a community leader and have desire to inspire them to succeed in life! For me personally to be a Next Level leader and am looking for opportunities to improve my personal skills.

  • Kathy Fannon

    It does all seem like common sense, so the question is, WHY don't new leaders do these things?

    I think a lot of that can apply to a new employee of any kind who is starting at a new company. What a great way to get to know the leadership within the company and what the goals and vision are. Some of these questions would even be great during the annual employee review process. I wish I had that knowledge when I was entering the workforce at 18-years-old.

  • @lankyofficelad

    As someone who is younger and climbing the ladder in the corporate world, I would find The Next Leve very useful as I continue to move forward. I look forward to reading this book.

  • David

    I've been following Scott Eblen daily for quite a while now on his blog …… (I know his parents, Judy & Jack). I've been impressed with his insights and the helpful way he presents his findings and information. I do promise to read your book ….

    • Scott Eblin

      Wow, you know my parents? Small world! Thanks for reading David. All the best Scott Eblin

  • Aaron Armstrong

    I would absolutely read it; I'm in a position where I'm surrounded by a number of new leaders and it would be both a help to me in understanding the challenges they are facing and also serve as a resource to encourage them.

  • Kasey Robinson

    Good post. The stat that 40% of those promoted will no longer be in that position in 18 mos is daunting. I'd love to get my hands on this book. Sounds like a great help for ministry management.

  • Shawn

    I am not content with the level I am currently at and am willing to do almost anything (including writing this comment, filling out a separate form, twitter a link to this blog post and actually read the book) in order to get to the next level. Whatever it takes I am willing to do it! :)

  • Phil

    This article was engaging and thought provoking. As a Sales Team Leader that is responsible for developing talent. Many of the concepts in this article can be instrumental in my goal of helping others achieve success. I can use this material to coach others on avoiding the same mis steps that I made. This well definently help me in coaching, mentoring and coaching others to creat excellence. Thank you for the great article.

  • megan strange

    I'd like a copy of this book, because I want to make sure, that as a leader, I am always being stretched to move to the next level. I believe that leaders are lifelong learners and this book has some information that I need to learn.

  • Alecia Blakeslee

    Thank you, Michael and Scott, for the chance to read The Next Level. Unbeknownst to me, my supervisor announced during a meeting that he was transferring more leadership to me, which entailed getting project updates from my 10-member team. No guidelines or parameters were given. I think the team was as surprised as I was. The section above on listen more, talk less provides useful conversation starters. I especially like the question about what success looks like at different time intervals. I don't want to be the middle man with the primary purpose of relaying information back and forth; I want to make the interactions more meaningful. Thanks for recommending the book. I will definitely read it.

  • mattknight

    As a young leader preparing to enter a new leadership position, I would love to read this book and glean some knowledge that will help me to be successful. If I can learn to avoid these common mistakes, I'd love to know how and be a better leader because of it.

    I've been in support positions for some time, and now am preparing to take on new challenges and a new position. That's a daunting task, and I'm looking for good insights.

  • Marcus

    One of the most important lessons I've learned is getting off to a good start in the first few months of the job. That means getting to know the people, the culture, and communication styles as well as gaining a clear understanding of one's role and authority. That is just for starters. I would love a copy to read and then share with friends.

  • alyssaemi

    I'd love a copy of this book because it sounds like it expands on the ideas of Management and Leadership coming together that I'm learning in my management class. And of course I will read the book! (Perhaps learn more from it than from my management textbook too!)

  • Jordan

    I been recently promoted to a supervisor position at a fairly large corporation and desperately need some assistance in my people management and leadership skills. Although I have had years of experience managing in retail it has become increasingly apparent that those skills do not necessary translate to the corporate environment. :)

    I really want to be a person who not only leads by example but has the correct tools to influence as well. Your book would provide me those tools to help me succeed and the confidence needed to be a strong leader. I will definitely read your book.

  • Erika

    I think there's value in that advice not only when you become a new leaders, but also to help someone that's taking up the role as my new leader. Possibly a way to steer them towards asking these questions and supporting their success, and the success of the team. I'm sure there's a lot more to learn in the book!

  • Robert Baxter

    I liked the advice in the post! As a 3rd chair leader strongly considering a move to a 1st chair position, I know I would read the book. Then I could tell my wife, “He wrote down everything I was thinking!”:)

  • Michael Brown

    I am a blogger on a new men's website and I think this book would help me and the rest of us to help reach out to men even more. I promise to read it and do a blog about it.

  • Gail

    I wish they taught this stuff at university! I would love to read this book as I am about to complete my Bachelor of Business and unfortunately they don't tell you this kind of stuff that really matters.

    I really like the idea of looking up and down and across the business for who the best contacts are. Sometimes the most influential people are the ones without the fancy titles – like the receptionist or the IT help guy – as they have a huge influence on cultural and are central to social hubs.

    And yes I will read it and recommend it to my friends.

  • Terry Lange

    I would love a copy of this book and I promise to read it. I enjoyed reading the guest post and the "blurb" from the book. As a recent seminary graduate and one who is currently looking for a full-time vocational ministry opportunity, I feel a book like this can be a great tool in the tool box when the right opportunity comes along and I find myself as a leader in ministry. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Abraham Gibson

    I rate this blog, and if Michael recommends it then its no doubt worth going out of my way to read. Winning a copy would move this from my "nice to have" list (50% chance of being read), to my "start reading" list (99% chance of being read).

    As with all my books, I'm committed to sharing quality resources and believe in the value sharing ideas and knowledge and this book would be no exception.

    As with most others in this list of comments, I'm a committed world changer ever in search of resource and insight and free is a great price point for my current stage in life.

  • Kevin Barthelette

    As a worship leader, and a home group leader, leadership is something I am always looking to improve on. If we want to communicate vision and have a successful and effective ministry, we must learn how to lead more effectively. I would love to have this resource.

  • Alex Wilson

    Earlier this year I took a leadership course designed for EMS Managers. It was a great chance to meet my peers from around the region. During the introductions I quickly discovered most were shoved into the position without any leadership or management experience. The course was enlightening but it was lacking concrete leadership skills training.

    I signed on after the class to help rewrite the next course. I am currently searching for a top notch leadership book that is a simple read but packed full of good material we can use as a basis for the course. We read Gung Ho as part of our course which was good but only really focused on empowering employees.

    I would like to review this book for possible inclusion in our course. Even if not granted a free copy, I will order one ASAP.

    • Scott Eblin

      I've had the opportunity to speak to leaders with the National Fire Academy, the Coast Guard and other components of the Dept of Homeland Security. I've been super impressed with the procedures and protocols they have in place for critical incident management. If you're in EMS, you are probably really familiar with that approach to leadership and management. I hope you'll find that The Next Level complements that approach. Cheers – Scott Eblin

  • jg75

    This sounds like a great book to read in conjunction with The First 90 Days. I'm in my first 90 Days as a ministry leader and would love to gain some insight from this book into starting well and setting a good leadership trajectory. I've really benefitted from the discipline of netting out books and sharing those notes with colleague and key leaders, which I'd also do in this case.

    • Scott Eblin

      Great catch with the connection with the First 90 Days. My take is the two books complement each other nicely. 90 Days provides a great checklist of the things you need to do starting out in a new role while The Next Level focuses more on the internal changes you need to make as a rising leader. Good luck to you! Scott Eblin

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  • @JonathanDDahl

    I simply want to meet this book, listen more, and find out what success looks like! Thanks @MichaelHyatt for your lab @ #CAT10

  • Tamika

    Very helpful post—both for new leaders and those who currently have leadership positions. As for the book, YES–I would love to have a copy and YES–I promise to read it! Looking at the reviews, I feel it can provide me with some very helpful career advice, and help me make the choices that will get me to the next level. Reading this book will help direct me towards the life and career success I deserve.

  • Chris Traffanstedt

    These are extremely insightful and yet very practical suggestions! I think that the questions given are powerful and give specific direction for a person in leadership to follow. I know personally I have found that powerful questions challenge our potential as leaders to rise above what we originally presume we could accomplish. I believe this book would give me an edge in understanding how to help ministry and marketplace leadership. I have recently completed a Master’s degree in Life Coaching and I am finding that part of my calling in ministry is to encourage and challenge the young ministry and marketplace leaders that are up and coming. Thus I aptly named my ministry/business Emergent Coaching Solutions. This book would be a timeless resource for challenging young upstarts and emerging leaders to start well in order to pave the way to ultimately finishing well! My hope is to help the next generation of Christian leaders find their purpose and success in doing things right and doing them well!

  • Eric

    Wow, such good insights for a new leader! Newly named to a key position on our church's mgmt team. Would be super helpful!

  • @djpayne

    I recently became the director of baseball for our local baseball league (roughly 650 kids) and am looking for all the leadership help I can absorb. It has been a rough couple of years for our league so we are kind of in a recovery mode, trying to patch up some relationships. A big job (which isn't really a job) and I'm looking for all the help I can get. I'd love a copy of the book. Thanks. Oh yeah, and I promise I'll read it.

  • mattmcmorris

    I just accepted a new position as the program director at a Christian camp in Michigan. With that position comes many responsibilities which includes leading people in a direct manner which I have not done before. I have led volunteers often, but this is my first time to have direct reports. As soon as I saw the title of this post, I dove into reading it. I promise you that this is a book I would read right away. I believe it would be a tremendous help!

  • Ryan Ferrier

    Scott, I am also A Davidson grad interested in developing leadership talent. I really appreciated the insight to: "Look diagonally to the people recognized as the experts and influencers in the organization." Good reminder that getting to know experts (even/especially in different disciplines) makes for better leaders.

    I would love to read your book, so hook a fellow Wildcat up!

    • Scott Eblin

      Hi Ryan – Well, go Wildcats! Hope you get a copy of the book and get some value from it. Cheers – Scott eblin

  • Paul Stohler

    I would like a copy of the book because I don’t feel like a huge success right now an could use some encouragement. I would promise to read it.

  • Janika

    I would love to win a book for various reasons.
    For one I study psychology (in my sophomore year) and am thinking about going in the direction of HR, so it would be very interesting to read a book by someone like Scott Eblin who is a former Fortune 500 HR executive. And as I am a student and living in Germany I would have a harder time getting a copy of this book without winning it.
    Also I am in a leadership position in a non-profit organization in Germany and am soaking up any input about leadership I can get, to become a better leader myself. Next to my studies I am trying to gather a group to make a postive difference locally in our town. So the more my leadership qualities improve, the more I will be able to influence others to make a lasting impact.
    And so I would love to win and read the book.

  • @AndreaAresca

    I'm a not exactly a "new" leader since I have been in my position for 3 years now. I will have new responsabilities in the following year, so I would really love to read this book.
    Looking at my experience, I see that I was not so good in defining success at the beginning and that I understimated the importance of looking 360° around me in the organization.
    I'd relly love to learn new and effective questions to ask, since is really the key to understand the organization and people expectations.
    "The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions." – Claude Lévi-Strauss

  • J Graham

    Thanks for the great reminder of what to keep in mind as a leader! Now my prayer is that I would avoid the mistakes or at least learn from them!

    Would love this book in order to read it, share its insights with those I walk with and share with my staff at church.

  • Janika

    You encouraged us to be creative,
    so I decided to get active.

    To win this book is my desire,
    it's burning in my heart like fire.

    I'd love to hear what Eblin has to say,
    am sure it's helpful for my way.

    Psychology is my degree,
    HR is where I strive to be.

    I hope these rhymes where not to cheesy
    and you'll send a book for me to Germany.


  • djs3344

    I like this book because it sounds like it is grounded in humility. Leaders don't alway recognize this aspect of their role, but having the humility to reach out to others and ask good questions. It strikes me as a fresh take on some of the components of leadership. Thanks for the opportunity to learn about the book and possibly get a copy to read.

  • Tim Davis

    I have entered new leadership positions in the past and failed in the way i approached the transition. I have tried to move too fast, not given enough time to build relationships and learn the culture, and maybe even assumed I had more credibility with a particular group than i did. Although i believe i have matured since then, it would still be great to have a book that guides through the process…and i would definitely read it.

    • Scott Eblin

      hi Tim – Nothing like the voice of experience. A new leadership role can be so pressure filled that it's easy to go to fast because you feel like you have to make an immediate impact. I have always tried to remember the phrase, " Go slow to go fast.". All the best – Scott Eblin

  • @andrew_acker

    I would love to go through this book and break it down for both personal application, as well as an education piece for clients. We use an 11 book, 18 week training program with some authors such as John Maxwell, Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, and Ken Blanchard and the material of this sounds like it would be an effective book have on the list. As a young leader that works with multiple companies, I often see new managers promoted and hired that have the enthusiasm and skill, but are lacking some of the necessary soft traits to be successful. Scott Elbin's book appears to discover these simply complicated traits and present them in a way to help all new leaders be successful.

    • Scott Eblin

      Some great company to be mentioned with. I'd be honored if you add The Next Level to your curriculum. If you do, please let me know how it works for you. All the best – Scott Eblin

  • Ashley Musick

    I work for a missions organization and program that is more than doubling every year. I've been put in charge of developing an Alumni program that will keep participants of our programs connected, growing, and engaged in further opportunities. It's radically different than developing an Alumni program for a college or university. In this position I'm trying to play catch up with the participants who've already completed our year-long program and work with those that are coming home every few months. I've only got one part-time assistant, and I need help in every way possible. If there is a resource that can help, I not only want… I need it. Thanks!

  • jdeddins

    I would love to win a copy of this book, especially since I am looking for ways to move up in my company.

  • Dan

    Great post! All of this is so true…

    *Why does your site always load really slow for comments? Even when you scroll down for comments, it is really, really slow?

  • FriarWade

    Hugh and Tye are both in similar leadership situations – family, business, community, church and civic groups. Tye might read this book to gain a more secure footing at work. While Hugh can see that these principles apply in all relational situations. After several months have passed since reading the book… Tye wants to be like Hugh.

    In other words, I pray that there is a multiplication effect after I receive a book from you. Not only do I recognize my need for growth in leadership praxis, but I will incorporate the practical wisdom to help families, especially fathers who want to properly and successfully lead. These fathers are often thrust into leadership roles with little to no preparation. They might be a successfully manager at work, but can't seem to transfer that success to their home.

    Not only do I promise to read the book, I'll put it into practice and sow it again, making a difference.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Fr. Wade+

  • Andrew VanDerLinden

    As a young Pastor and leader I am always reading. This looks like a book anyone wanting to grow in leadership could benefit from.

  • Batreader

    Why do I want a book on leadership – because I'm fed up being the last person in the room when responsibility is doled out, that's why! I want to head those slacking varmints off at the pass and head for the high ground where we can see how to get things done.

  • @fredh20s

    I'm a fairly new executive leader and I'm already realizing how when I make those mistakes it effects the mission and the momentum. I would love to read this book and to continue on my journey of life long learning.

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  • austindhill

    I am in still relatively new in my position as a youth pastor in my church. I have been here for a year now and I'm wishing I had heard this advice when I first began. There has been a history of turnover in my position as I was the 4th youth pastor in 4 years. I'm hoping to stop this trend. This book would be a tremendous help as I'm still learning new things about the church and what people expect of me.

    I have recently made it a goal to spend at least 5 nights a week reading non fiction in some of my personal time. If I won this book, it would make it to the top of my nighttime nonfiction reading list.

  • Greg Brown

    I'm an Associate Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of Central Florida. My goal is to be a head coach in the next two years. I'm preparing for that transition, the three items you list are exactly what I'm looking for in that preparation.

  • Greg Brown

    As an Associate Head basketball coach at the Division 1 Level. My next goal is to become a Head Coach. Which is the "next level" of leadership. Coaching is leadership, leadership is coaching and they are both influencers. Looking for every opportunity and advantage to succeed as a leader.

  • mondy cano

    i like free stuff and ill read and blog about the book if given to me! thanks! and i also loved your workshop at #cat10

  • Charles Gambrell

    To have a copy of the book to explore more deeply the three mistakes mentioned here and their corrections would be great. I am especially interested in asking about "what success looks like" in the months to come. To find out the visions people have and bring the people and visions together to see what is shared and what is is not, would go far, it seems to me, to toward having a truly shared vision.

  • stevensc

    I would love a copy of this book! We live only 40 minutes away from Indiana University, but this is the first I have heard about this book. I am an Assistant Principal at a Jr-Sr High School. Schools are certainly under the media's microscope for issues like test scores and bullying. My team and I are looking to turn our school into a four-star school. It's never been done before, and there's a high poverty rate in our district. I'm hoping this book could give me some ideas of how to lead this change more effectively. I promise to read it, and even discuss it on my blog.

  • fghart

    I'm 10 months into my new position as the Acting Director in charge of US operations for a Taiwanese company. Two months ago I met the executive team in Taiwan for the first time. I missed the recommended "within the first 30 days" by a fair margin but otherwise I seem to be managing along the line of the suggestions outlined here.

    I just returned from my second trip to Taiwan, following up with some of the vertical and diagonal communication. I also made the rounds with key customer contacts (again, meeting with multiple layers diagonally and horizontally). Because we're pioneering a new business model, in many cases the people I'm meeting with have not thought about what our success looks like. I'm finding that by painting a landscape for them they are able to envision and expand upon a variety of possibilities.

    I am very interested in learning more about the potential pitfalls I need to be anticipating and avoiding. If I get a copy of your book, I will definitely read it!

  • @hoooidu

    I was one of the 40%… and just now I'm starting again at a Non-Profit organisation.

  • haydeeang

    Hmm.. I don’t need this book, but I’d love to give a copy to my boss because he will be interested to read it, and cos he’s been so good & gracious to me, I’d like to see him happy.
    Thank you!

  • Scotty Wheeler

    I have been involved in mentoring and leadership courses and development for many years now, one way I believe is vital to grow a group; a team; a church to expand these I must expand myself in learning, developing myself, in knowledge. I must learn from those who are ahead of me.

    Living in Perth, Western Australia I crave to learn more so having sources like books outside of Australia, from somewhere bigger, I can learn from people who live bigger and are willing to share valuable information, I promise myself this book will be added to my list of ‘to read’ and read asap.

    Thank you

    Scotty Wheeler

  • @jAdamRobertson

    Thanks for the post. I have experienced many aspects of good management and bad management in my brief career. I am always looking for new ideas, tips, or suggestions that will help me further my career. I am preparing for a transition in from my current duties (within the same organization) to a more demanding position. I am certainly appreciative of help that is available. I look forward to reading The Next Level and applying what others have already learned…and maybe I can avoid some of their mistakes.

  • John Alexander

    I want this book because I lead 100+ volunteers in a youth ministry. Leadership is even more crucial when people follow voluntarily. I promise to read this book and then blog about it.

  • John Alexander

    I first heard about this offer through twitter by the way

  • Jacinta

    As a soon to be employed corporate attorney, I look toward to learning the principles shared in The Next Level and applying and teaching those principles in my work, community and church endeavors, while also mentoring others.

  • Kevin Jack

    I love how simple and practical the advice is. Listen more and talk less is the most obvious thing in the world but how few people (including me) actually employ it as a strategy. I desperately need to read the portions on meet and greet. I’m very type A and struggle with taking the time to do that. This book would be first on my reading list.

  • myfullcup

    This book looks so very good. (I literally almost put "delicious") I would love a copy because I love to read. I would also love to review it on my blog. (because that's what I do)

    I posted a link on Twitter and facebook.

    Now I'm off to fill out the handy-dandy- contact form. :)

  • Dr. Jose Guevara

    Hello Michael, as a young business owner I'm always looking for succesful leaders to follow and mimic. I believe a mentor and/or coach is something everyone should have if they are to be succesful. I believe listening to someone who's been there and allowing yourself to be coached will make your learning experiences faster and you will learn from the mistakes they made so you can reach the success ladder quicker.

    I never read many books before but I've learned that there's so much you can learn from reading what others preach and putting their thoughts into action.

    • Scott Eblin

      Hi Jose – Thanks for your comments. Particularly resonate with your comments about mentoring and coaching. One of my objectives with The Next Level is to help leaders build their coaching skills. I hope it's helpful to you in that way. All the best – Scott

  • @mekalav

    As always First Michael thanks for the amazing posts that you give us every day.

    Book mentioned here "Three Common Mistakes new Leaders Make" seems to be the book for me as working in a corporate culture have seen all aspects of corporate life.

    Have groomed myself to the position of leading teams in s smaller scale but I'm moving towards taking a bigger team management roles,so this book i guess is a perfect opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge and implement it in my working style.

    Thanks for this amazing effort ,it helps people like us to grow.

  • Shane

    I would love a copy of The Next Level. As an associate pastor who will one day be a lead pastor, I think this could be a great resource for me and some of my friends in similar places. It sounds so common sense, but I find that I sometimes need a push on the backside to do what is common sense and important before what is urgent and pressing.

  • Shanta

    I’d love a copy of this book. I need a copy for research and application purposes. I’m a doctorate student and I choose sources/publications that are innovative and Christ-centered. I write to inform, inspire and connect leaders with tools that will enhance their organization and improve effectiveness for the Glory of the Lord- much like Mr.Hyatt :)


    I think there is alot that I can learn – but also pass onto our team (and make a difference)

  • Brian M.

    I am currently taking classes to earn my principal's license through the Inspired Leadership Program at Cleveland State University. I posted your blog to a discussion board for a class assignment. We just finished "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek. Although "The Next Level" and "Start With Why" are for the business world, these type of books make educators think about applications to educational leadership. "The Next Level" would be great for my personal growth and to share with my class of future educational leaders. Just think of the tens of thousands of future students this book will have a positive effect on if you give me a copy!

  • myfullcup

    I want this book because I want to review it on my own blog. And because I attended Willow Creek Community Church's Leadership Summit a few months ago and I want to learn more.

    I tweeted a link to this post, I'm following you on twitter (virginia_garret) and I also posted a link on facebook.

    I can guarantee I will read the book, and then pass it on to other leaders I know who would also read it.

  • Joseph Iliff

    This book is really attractive to me. Having to step into a new leadership role is a huge challenge. And often it seems like those who have done it have difficulty in describing how they did it. Because it seems so simple or natural look back into the past, or looking from the insider's point of view, it can be hard to put oneself in the frame of reference of an outsider. Sounds like this book is more than just platitudes, but actual experiences from those who are on the inside of a leadership role, and how they got there. I think those kinds of insights are worth so much more than just formless principles and good ideas. This appears to be a great book for those who want to know what to do in the real world to become a respected and valued leader.

    • Scott Eblin

      What a great point you raise, Joseph, about losing sight of the challenge of learning new skills once we've already had the experience and learned them. A lot of what I try to do in The Next Level is to make the implicit expectations of leaders more explicit. Another way to say it is to make the intangible more tangible. I hope it's helpful to you in that regard. Please let me know what you think. All the best – Scott Eblin

  • Margie

    Looks like really helpful information as a leader in business and in ministry. I will absolutely read it and share it with my son and my best friend, who both won a book the last time you offered this, but so far they haven't shared with me !

  • @sharonadrake

    I would absolutely love a free copy of The Next Level I'm very adamant about setting strong, stable foundations before jetting forward in a new position or project. I believe that this book will assist me in becoming more of the team leader that I strive to be each day.

  • @johnnydye

    I could definitely use any help I can get to improve my leadership skills. I also train other leaders and I am always looking for ideas to share with our upcoming leaders. I am a missionary in Venezuela planting churches and training local leaders. Thanks for your help

  • @iamsarahjoy

    This is awesome! I love books. Just being able to smell them already makes me happy. So I'd love a copy!

    On a serious note, I'd really like to have a copy of this book as I'm also on the leadership journey. Starting to lead in areas that I would've never thought I'd be in and also leading people I never imagined I would. Still feel very raw and inexperienced most days. Constantly praying that God give me a heart of love for the people I lead and ideas and insights to lead them well.

    Mmmhmm yes, that's my reason.


  • Kariss W

    I am a 32-year-old counselor who works with people in all levels of leadership, from those being led to those doing the leading. I also own my own practice and am beginning to lead more in my community. I have partaken in a local leadership program for young adults, and I currently sit on the board for that program, which means that I am now responsible for mentoring a team of young adults now going through the program. I think a book of this calibur would help me to better teach my clients and mentees about leadership, and it would help me to gain more insight into the leadership roles I already enjoy, plus those that I will enjoy in the future. I am a foreward thinking young(er) adult, having read books like Good to Great and having learned and implemented the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I think this would be a welcome addition to my arsenal of knowledge as I work with those leading homes, churches, businesses, cities, and whatever else as the Lord puts these people in my path.

  • Eric Haynes

    Would love a chance at getting the book. I am in the process of joining staff at my church to develop and launch a new family ministry team to begin engaging families in our community. I’m always looking to learn more about leadership and team development. Thanks!

  • Aja

    I am on the leadership track in ministry and I’m also cultivating my own business in the basics of finances. These keys are not only good for the work environment but for the entrepreneur. What is funny is how correct Scott is must time new management ask these questions put things in place so there implemented month later no sign of the new plan. Or they ask and never implement. That’s not what I want for my small business, ministry, etc.Scott laid out some very very good points that I need to activate in my life.

  • Aja

    This type of book is a must read for anyone who desires to be successful. If you want to be successful and especially a leader you need to learn how to serve others especially those who you desire to lead. Learn to be who you want to be before the opportunity comes. I’m 32 and it took me 28 years to realize that I have to prepare for my success..this post gives major keys that I have heard from top leaders but this post even further breaks it down. I must have this book. I’m a leader in training ;0)

  • Garry

    Two of the above are part of my daily reminders – always listen more than I talk and continually update my knowledge of all my employees. The idea of learning what success looks like should be expanded to what it feels like. You can read about but without experiencing success, and celebrating your small successes you miss out on the true learning.

  • Carol Pfeifle

    I have been getting the Next Level emails since I took a Leadership class here at work. ( Pathways is a six month course that the VA provides for those willing to ask to go to it , and hopefully improve and grow with in the organization). After seeing his emails , I am sure the book would help keep me focused on my path.

    Plus I would share it with my Pathways intructor, so she could use it to improve future classes. If she thought the book was useful enough , she might consider buying more – one for each student, depending on her budget.

  • Mark Wooten

    Hi, Michael! I would LOVE to have a copy of this book! I am currently in a Director’s role at my company but really want to take the next step to the VP level. One of the things I want to improve is my “executive stature,” and it sounds like this book could be a big help. I am praying that God will put me exactly where he wants me, and if that means staying at the Director level, I’m good with that. but until God shows me different, I’m going to keep trying to be the best leader I can for my company, and glorify God no matter where I am!

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  • F.M. Torculas

    I really appreciate the focus you bring about leadership skills that new leaders must project, in regards to things that new leaders can do to increase the odds of success, it really is a very practical and informative view on how new leaders should act. Well, In this fast-changing time of doing business, leadership values and management skills must be taken into global heights and help senior executives & high-potential business leaders grow and consistently make the best decisions. Leadership programs for high potential leaders is a step forward, where they can mold and enhance their leadership skills.

    Great post Scott!!!

    F.M. Torculas

  • Guin Kendrick

    I want to bring the best out in everyone around me. I want to accomplish this in every aspect of my life. My Home, my office, my customers and the folks I cross path with everyday. An influential part of being a leader in any area of your life is being a person of others. Listening, caring and teaming up with everyone around you…even your competition.

  • Imoimion

    Why do I want a book on leadership- My reason is that I am in a new leadership role that I just assumed and I want to move the neddle and not just be part of the Status Quo. I would like to understand leadership as whole and use that knowledge to make a difference in this role.

  • Brad

    As a new manager this is so relevant.

  • Brian Fegter

    This is a great post! I’m going to use it for our leadership summit.

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  • Guy Farmer

    Great ideas. I especially like the idea of listening. When we listen to our employees we can gather all kinds of valuable information from what their talents and abilities are to what things may need attention in the company. It’s also a great way to build rapport and trust.

  • Todd Burkhalter

    Thanks for this post. It was like you have been following me around. I certainly have learned these along the way myself. I appreciate your great insight.

  • W. Mark Thompson

    Wow! Love those stats. Well. I love that they’re revealing. Reminds me of youth ministry stats from a few years ago too.

    Since youth ministry is a leadership position, I wonder if the stats traslate the same way for the same reasons.

    Either way, this is worth printing & following as closely as possible in any new leadership position. I can’t hurt!

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