translated her 20+ years of experience in leading people into leadership lessons on 30 topics in People Leadership: 30 Proven Ways to Increase Employee Engagement and Get Results Now. Though these 30 don’t involve any rocket science or ground breaking new insights, application in real life situations at her past employer Nortel, is provided for each of these. Whether it’s empowerment, asking for feedback, listening, dealing with difficult people, visioning, or living in the present. the myriad of leadership topics seems endless and interwoven, just like the colorful cover page of the book.
Exemplary behaviour, authenticity, honesty, in other words showing good virtues in the work place, having fun, reduce stress, taking responsibility, and showing gratitude, next to the importance of KPIs and process improvements. Recharging your inner battery as well as learning from books, TED Talks and conferences. Folk goes well beyond the average leadership in 10 easy steps approach, though the uniform structure of her chapters become distractive in the second half of the book. Quotes from e.g. Warren Bennis, John C. Maxwell show Folk’s influences. Compared to other leadership books is the focus on the team instead of only the leader.
About the author
Folk left her senior management role in 2010 to pursue a speaking, writing, and consulting career. She currently works with companies of all sizes to train and mentor their direct line managers and supervisors, empowering them to become effective people leaders.