Leaders Without Titles
Social Emotional Intelligence Training
I recall vividly my first meeting with Dr. Steve Sampson. He had been contracted by my agency to provide psychological assessments for candidates at a mass-hiring event. I introduced myself as the HR Director and thanked him for personally supporting us. After a while, we started talking about workplace behaviors and I knew immediately that he was someone who possessed a tremendous amount of knowledge about what is required to be successful at work. As an HR professional from private and government sectors, I have been in the midst of situations where people from every level in the organization have not been able to realize their fullest potential, because they didn’t understand what critical emotional-social skills and behaviors they needed. As a result, they leave for other opportunities, or worse, get fired.
Dr. Sampson offered me a copy of his book titled “Leaders Without Titles” in exchange for my thoughts and perspectives. Before I could read the book, I reviewed the six attributes of influential leaders. WOW! That was my immediate reaction. Finally, someone has created a blueprint that provides a foundation for becoming a complete person in the workplace. LWOT is perfect for leaders, influencers, administrators, professionals, law enforcement personnel, college students, and everyone who’s feeling stuck and can’t figure out why.
I followed up with Dr. Sampson, and learned about his related training program that is being used extensively and effectively with law enforcement personnel. I shared my experiences regarding work place failures, past and present, because there were no practical tools or training that simplified behaviors, skills and competencies that were needed to succeed.
Fast forward, we are now on a mission. We want to help others succeed and increase their effectiveness by learning, understanding and practicing those six attributes in the performance of their work. I strongly encourage everyone to read “Leaders Without Titles” and attendance at a workshop that facilitates learning and application of these attributes.
– Johnny Knatt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CTACC
Dr. Steve Sampson has been teaching social intelligence, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills for over 40 years. He brings both academic knowledge and practical experience to his work. As an author, he has published seven books of related material, perhaps most notalby, How to Be in a Personal Relationship (HRD Press, © 2008). In this book, Dr. Sampson lays out a concise description of the volatile landscape of personal relationships, how we often make errors in how we relate to others, and maps out a clear strategy for listening, collaborating and thriving in your own personal relationships.
1 Leadership traits made simple
Dr. Sampson makes Leadership simple, easy to understand and tangible. After reading about the six attributes, you will get it… This book is Leadership theory blown up into bite sized chunks anyone can consume and digest.
2 Look at your own leadership skills
The author puts you in front of a leadership mirror and helps you to see what’s missing.
3 A journey, not a manifesto
This is not just a book. It is a slow moving ship that navigates you to the discovery of leadership.
4 Exemplifies corporate leadership trends
This book exemplifies what every corporate entity tries to include in their front pages about what they want from leaders in their organizations. Dr. Sampson’s LWOT tells and shows what that looks like in a way that is meaningful.
5 Facilitates Succession Planning
As a Human Resource professional who spent over 30 years with a Fortune 50 company, I think this book facilitates the succession planning process better than anything I’ve ever seen.
6 Focus to speed your growth
Dr. Sampson takes Leadership and makes it a growth oriented process that helps the reader see and measure their progress. The more you focus on development of the attributes, the faster you grow.
7 Approachable, digestible, doable
As a Certified Professional Workplace Coach, I have coached many frustrated entry and mid-level managers who had received feedback about their lack of Leadership. This book approaches leadership development in a way that is not delusional, no matter what the reader’s cultural environment is.
– Johnny Knatt, SPHR,SHRM-SCP, CCATC, Executive Consultant/Trainer
After many years in different roles in the criminal justice system, Dr. Sampson is uniquely qualified to offer ground breaking counsel to members of that community. In his upcoming book, “Quiet Cop“, he lays out a framework for law enforcement professionals to better understand the many complex challenges facing them on the street every day, and proven, positive tools to deal with them while maintaining their own safety.
Over many decades, the term “peace officer” has been replaced by terms such as “police officer” and “law enforcement officer.” Many persons in modern society equate the terms “police” and “enforcement” as being non-trustworthy, unethical and/or militaristic. Law enforcement officers in modern society must work together at every level to build trust and legitimacy within the communities they are sworn to serve and protect. Building positive relationships with communities is imperative to improving the perception of law enforcement in the United States of America.
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