Intentional Leadership is the culmination of Judy Nelson’s career, spanning over four decades. Nelson shares the ideas behind Intentional Leadership for readers to use to bring out the best in their teams and themselves.
“When I refer to my philosophy of Intentional Leadership, people often get a puzzled look on their faces and ask, ‘So, what’s the opposite of Intentional Leadership?’ My response: ineffective leadership.”
— The opening lines of new author and executive coach Judy Nelson’s book Intentional Leadership.
The term Intentional Leadership itself refers to strategic management, where a leaders’ every action is deliberate and designed to secure a particular outcome. Nelson presents it in four parts, starting with leadership lessons, then the leadership toolbox, moving on to the importance of giving and receiving feedback and, finally, personal stories of those that have helped her along the way.
Readers of Intentional Leadership will learn how to:
Reduce impulsive decision-making
Increase self-awareness and self-management
Facilitate team excellence
Improve emotional intelligence and chances for excellence
Throughout Nelson’s varied career, she has learned some valuable lessons about leadership—and not the kind one learns in a seminar or graduate school. Leadership requires taking the wisdom that you gain throughout your life and using it to bring out the best in your team, and in yourself. Nelson shares many of these moments through personal stories about how she learned to be an Intentional Leader the hard way.