Precise Leaders 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 possible.”
2. Themselves—they are self-aware. 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
All great leaders find precise answers to the following questions:
1. What are my core beliefs and values?
2. What is the current situation and what is possible in the future?
3. Why change is needed?
4. Who needs to change and what specific changes are required?
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?
About The Author:
Paul B. Thornton, is an author, trainer,
speaker, and professor of business administration at Springfield Technical
Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2015, he was the recipient
of the Joseph J. Deliso, Sr., Endowed Chair.
He has designed and conducted management and leadership programs for Palmer
Foundry, UMASS Medical School, Mercy Health Systems, Kuwait Oil Corporation,
Human Services Forum, Sunshine Village, and United Technologies Corporation.
Over his career he has provided leadership training for over 10,000 supervisors
Earlier in his career, he was manager, human resources for the Hamilton Standard
division of United Technologies. He was also involved in staffing, training and
developing managers, assessment centers, and succession planning. On two
occasions he received a United Technologies Award for Extraordinary Management
His articles have appeared in The Leader-to-Leader Journal, Management Review,
Leadership Excellence, The Toastmaster, USA Today, and The CEO Refresher.
Paul’s books include Leadership—Off the Wall, Be the Leader, Make the
Difference, and Leadership-Best Advice I Ever Got.