DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Are you a charismatic leader? One way to find out is to answer this question: What are you leading toward? If you don’t know, then you’re merely a charismatic person with a leadership title—and we’re giving you the benefit of the doubt that you’re charismatic.
This book does not focus on the interpersonal part of leadership. It doesn’t focus on how to be charismatic or vulnerable with your followers because there are thousands of books out there that address that essential topic. However, there are only a handful of books such as this that focus on the conceptual part of organizational leadership, i.e., the part of leadership no one talks about.
•Why your employees choose the behaviors they choose.
•Why your employees choose to follow you as their leader (or not).
•What motivates employees.
•How to recognize when a problem is a systems problem vs. a people problem.
•How to eliminate micromanagement in your organization.
•The conceptual part of leadership that results in the intrinsic motivation of your employees.
Mid-level leaders and executives in organizations of all sizes, from small businesses to large corporations, will learn how their leadership role has changed from being a first-level supervisor to now setting the direction of a division or setting the direction of the entire organization. You no longer tell the craftsman how many nails to hammer, or how many holes to drill; instead, your new focus is on getting results. The responsibility of leadership is to visualize what can be, create a plan to make that vision a reality, and then lead to that destination. This book will give you the tools to do just that.
Bob Woolverton worked in law enforcement for 34 years, with the majority of that time spent in high-level leadership positions. One day he had an epiphany moment - he realized he knew nothing about leadership, even though he was in a leadership position. He was a great manager - but a lousy leader. Since then, Bob has become obsessed with learning about leadership. He has read every book he could get his hands on and attended every class with the word "leadership" in the title.
At Age 56, while working full-time as a Police Captain, Bob went back to college and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Leadership. After that achievement, he immediately continued his academic pursuits, and at age 58 obtained his Master of Science degree, also in Management and Leadership. During this same time, he became a certified leadership instructor at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center, where he teaches a 40-hour course titled Middle Management. Bob summarizes the curriculum of the middle management class as being a 40-hour crash course in organizational change, focusing on Executive-Level leadership. Additionally, Bob is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #183.
Bob says the following about leadership and organizational change:
"Leadership is nothing if not about change. If there is no change, one could argue there is no leadership - leadership is not about maintaining the status quo. A person who keeps their hand on the rudder of the ship and never changes direction is not a leader - they're just along for the ride. The same can be accomplished by tying a rope to the rudder. A leader is someone who envisions a better tomorrow and sees a way to guide the organization to that vision.
When discussing leadership, many people focus solely on the relationship between leader and follower. They miss the concept that leadership includes leading toward something – leading towards a compelling vision of something the organization aspires to become or aspires to achieve.
In his new career, Bob continues to be a leadership instructor at the state police academy and also leads his own company, Top Tier Leadership Training. Bob provides training seminars that teach mid-level managers and executives how to become better leaders. Bob is also a motivational leadership speaker providing keynote speeches at association meetings and speaking to youth groups. His personal motto is Lead, Teach, and Inspire.