Precise Leader Get Results by Paul Thornton
About The Book:
Throughout my career, I have observed, studied,
and interviewed many leaders including CEOs,
presidents, vice presidents, executives, consultants, coaches, managers, and teachers. My goal all along has been to identify what the best leaders do in order to influence, inspire, and bring out the best in people. What I have discovered is that the truly great leaders have a clear and precise understanding of three things:
1. The context—they know how to diagnose and
evaluate the current environment. They see both
the problems and opportunities. Afterwards, they
are able to clarify “what is” and identify “what’s
2. Themselves—they are selfaware. They know
who they are and what they believe. They are clear
on their mission and priorities, as well as their
strengths and weaknesses.
3. The interaction—they know how to connect with
people and make a positive impact. They
understand how to present their ideas in a clear,
concise, and compelling way.
All great leaders find precise answers to the
1. What are my core beliefs and values?
2. What is the current situation and what is possiblenfor the future?
3. Why change is needed?
4. Who needs to change and what specific changes
5. Are people able and willing to change?
6. What is the plan to increase people’s knowledge,
skills and desire?
7. How will people benefit?
This book will help you be more successful when leading others and implementing change.
About The Author:
Paul B. Thornton, is an author, trainer, speaker, and professor of business administration at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He teaches the following courses:
• Principles of Management
• Principles of Leadership
• Organizational Behavior
In 2015, he was the recipient of the Joseph J. Deliso, Sr., Endowed Chair.
Paul has designed and conducted management and leadership programs for Palmer Foundry, UMASS Medical School, Mercy Health Systems, Kuwait Oil Corporation, and Human Services Forum. Over his career he has provided leadership training for over 10,000 supervisors and managers.
Earlier in his career, he worked at the Hamilton Standard division of United Technologies in primarily two roles:
• Manager, Human Resources & Consultant
• Manager, Management Training and Development
On two occasions, he received a United Technologies Award for Extraordinary Management Effectiveness.
His articles have appeared in NY Daily News, The Leader-to-Leader Journal, Management Review, Leadership Excellence, The Toastmaster, USA Today, and The CEO Refresher.