Gracious Leadership: Lead Like You’ve Never Led Before
In Gracious Leadership: Lead Like You’ve Never Led Before, Janet Smith Meeks describes why the key ingredients of Gracious Leadership are proven “must have” strategies to optimize organizational results.
Meeks explains that teams of all types, within any industry, can reap great rewards by displaying respectful behaviors as they seek to reach greater heights. This holds true at home, on the basketball court, in the C-suite, or in the boardroom.
Through stories of her own personal journey, as well as anecdotes about those she’s encountered along the way, Meeks shares lessons learned while offering candid advice to help leaders improve.
In a dog-eat-dog world where leadership crises are prevalent and the disrespect of subordinates is widespread, Meeks offers a different path. She shows how to be tough and kind, accountable and compassionate, driven and grateful, all while being a fully respectful leader.
Gracious Leadership… it’s not soft stuff at all… it’s a fresh and unique, yet proven approach for current and aspiring leaders who seek to excel while restoring common decency and respect within all aspects of their lives.
Advance Praise for Gracious Leadership
"Gracious Leadership, by Janet Smith Meeks, shares the powerful, personal examples of how passionate, brave, courageous and communicative leaders deliver tremendous value to all their constituencies and are truly the recipe for organizational and personal success!"
Kerrii B. Anderson / Former president & CEO, Wendy's International; corporate director, Abercrombie & Fitch, Labcorp, and Worthington Industries; chairman, Elon University
"Janet's comments that great leaders recognize they don't have all the answers are spot on. They are not afraid to ask the people who do have the answers the right questions, no matter what level these folks may be. And when they ask, Gracious Leaders listen like no one else is in the room."
Mike Kaufmann / CEO Cardinal Health, a Fortune 100 Company
"Whether you are just beginning your journey to become a world class leader or you have many years in your role as a leader, Janet’s insights are inspiring and remind us all what is important in developing ourselves to our fullest potential."
Dwight Smith / Servant Leader, Chairman & CEO, Sophisticated Systems, Inc.; Founder, My Special Word
"In this book Janet shares leadership strategies that can deliver exceptional results by transforming companies with toxic cultures into high performing organizations driven by engaged employees who are walking tall!"
Barbara J. Smoot / CEO, WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development); Commissioner, Columbus Women’s Commission; Corporate Director, National Church Residences; Former Vice President, Nationwide Financial
"Gracious Leadership is a must read for all who really believe that we, as individuals and organizations, succeed via the quality and excellence in how we serve and recognize others for the contributions they make!"
John Fleming / Author, Consultant and Speaker; Former Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of Direct Selling News; Former Senior Executive of Avon Products, Inc.
"I think that leaders at every career stage will take a step forward by not only reading the book but applying the Conversation Starters that the author includes after each chapter."
Peter J. Giammalvo, PhD / Leadership & Talent Management Consultant; Retired Healthcare Executive-in-Residence and Visiting Professor, College of Health Sciences & Professions, Ohio University; former Chief Learning Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Gracious Leadership provides golden opportunities for any leader to be set apart in today’s competitive landscape."
Cindy Monroe / Founder & CEO, Thirty-One Gifts
"Janet Meeks tells a personal, clearly articulated story of learning and practicing ‘Gracious Leadership’ and its central importance to mission success. Hers is a timeless, head and heart journey that reveals a path for all of us."
C. Robert Kidder / Director, Merck & Co.; Former Board Chairman, Chrysler; Former Lead Director, Morgan Stanley; Former CEO, Duracell; Former CEO, Borden Inc.