Real Leaders Don’t Follow(2 customer reviews)
Leaders Lead. Followers Follow. You Can’t Do Both.
Acknowledging the great irony that today’s aspiring entrepreneurs are doing exactly the opposite of what Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and all other great entrepreneurs and executives they strive to emulate did to get where they are today, Steve Tobak delivers some truth:
Nobody ever made it big by doing what everyone else is doing.
Drawing upon decades of personal experience with hundreds of accomplished entrepreneurs, CEOs, and venture capitalists, Silicon Valley management consultant and former high-tech senior executive Steve Tobak shows you exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and exceptional business leader in today’s highly competitive world.
- A perspective on today’s cultural revolution
- The challenges and opportunities our socially connected online world represents
- A break down of popular myths and fads
- How to create a strong foundation for advancing your career
- Critical lessons in starting, running, and growing a successful, differentiated business
- How to develop into a strong, effective, high-performance leader
STEVE TOBAK is management consultant, featured columnist, and former senior executive of the technology industry. As managing partner of Silicon-Valley based Invisor Consulting, he's been a trusted strategic advisor to executives and business leaders for more than a decade. He writes insightful commentary on business, leadership, and technology for Fox Business, Entrepreneur.com, and SteveTobak.com.
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★★★★★By Charles F on 06 Feb 2016
"The best part of Real Leaders Don’t Follow is its uncompromising message of hard work and business strategy, which Tobak touts as the roots of entrepreneurship that society, he argues, has been moving away from. This might be a breath of fresh air for those readers who agree. Very few books are willing to stand behind this argument today. In short, Tobak brings common-sense balance to a world that is following the same old advice.
The book takes a negative view of passionate Web 3.0 advocacy, specifically those who are committed to increasing content and sharing (which seems to be the goal of every manager, if you read most marketing articles these days.) This approach minimizes the conversation on the positive impact of Web 3.0, specifically social media. Tobak throws this information out there without a specific, step-by-step plan for senior executives (his target audience) to follow. More tips and recommendations could help readers determine the right balance of Web 3.0 for their goals."
★★★★★By Steven S on 24 Nov 2015
"As a new entrepreneur, I found this book both extremely helpful and motivating. It's not your usual business book read. Steve tells it like it is based on his experiences in the real world. His advise is spot on, insightful and a must of anyone either starting a business or wanting to excel in the corporate world."
Steve Tobak's book gets it right about leadership and all of its challenges. Definitely worth reading.
MARK V. HURD, CEO of Oracle
Anyone interested in running a company—high-tech or otherwise—needs to read this book. It provides new insights that clearly spell out what it takes to be successful in a competitive world.
PHILIPPE KAHN, CEO of Fullpower Technologies, Creator of the camera phone
Real insight and clear thinking from Steve—a highly successful business executive, entrepreneur and damn good writer who knows of what he speaks. This is an extraordinary read that no aspiring entrepreneur or business leader should do without.
JIM McCANN, Founder and CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM
While covering a wide range of topics on entrepreneurism, business building and leadership, Steve will consistently have you challenging your own core beliefs on what it takes to become a successful business leader.
DOUG MACK, CEO of Fanatics, former CEO of One Kings Lane
Steve’s incisive analysis of today’s “wantrepreneur” craze is a refreshingly honest, well-informed read. This book is spot-on for today’s entrepreneurial climate of amateurs, pretenders, and a troubling dearth of real leaders.
RICK MYERS, Founder and CEO of Talent Zoo