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The Definitive Guide to Personal Excellence

Second Edition
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February 2019 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written by the scholars who first developed the theory of self-leadership, Self-Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Personal Excellence offers powerful yet practical advice for leading oneself to personal excellence. Grounded in the most recently published, cutting-edge self-leadership research, this milestone book is based on a simple yet revolutionary principle: first learn to lead yourself, then you will be able to effectively lead others. This inclusive approach to self-motivation and self-influence equips readers with the strategies and tips they need to strengthen their own personal effectiveness. The updated Second Edition resonates with today’s students by featuring contemporary examples, new cases, new feature boxes, and the latest research.
About the Authors
1. An Introduction to Self-Leadership: The Journey Begins
Sources of Leadership  
We All Lead Ourselves  
2. The Context of Self-Leadership: Mapping the Route
Conceptual Foundations of Self-Leadership  
External Factors  
Personal Factors  
We Do Choose  
3. Behavior-Focused Strategies: Overcoming Rough Roads, Detours, and Roadblocks
World-Altering Behavior-Focused Strategies  
Self-Imposed Behavior-Focused Strategies  
4. Natural Reward-Focused Strategies: Scenic Views, Sunshine, and the Joys of Traveling
Natural Rewards  
What Makes Activities Naturally Rewarding?  
Tapping the Power of Natural Rewards  
Combining External and Natural Rewards  
5. Constructive Thought-Focused Strategies: Developing a Travel Mind-Set
Our Psychological Worlds  
Is There Power in Positive Thinking?  
Evaluating Beliefs and Assumptions  
Mental Practice  
Thought Patterns  
Opportunity or Obstacle Thinking  
The Power of Failure  
6. Team Self-Leadership: Sharing the Journey
Self-Leadership and Teams  
Behavioral Aspects of Team Self-Leadership  
Mental Aspects of Team Self-Leadership  
Team Self-Leadership Still Means Individual Self-Leadership  
Balancing the “Me” with the “We”  
Groupthink versus Teamthink  
7. Self-Leadership, Health, and Well-Being: Maintaining Physical and Emotional Fitness on the Journey
Self-Leadership and Fitness  
What Executives Say about the Importance of Fitness  
The Impact of Fitness on Job Performance  
Executive Fitness Behaviors at a Glance  
Exercise and Diet: The Keys to Fitness  
Self-Leadership, Fitness, and Personal Effectiveness  
Choosing How You Feel: Emotional Self-Leadership  
Emotional Intelligence and Self-Leadership  
Coping with Stress: Self-Leadership and Stress Management  
Optimism and Self-Leadership  
Happiness, Flow, and Self-Leadership  
8. Individual Differences, Diversity, and Practical Applications: Multiple Paths to Uniqueness
Personality and Self-Leadership  
Diversity and Self-Leadership  
Applications in Athletics  
Applications in Work/Organizational Situations  
9. Reaching the Destination: But the Journey Continues . . .
A Self-Leadership Framework  
A Tale of Self-Leadership  
The Tale in Perspective  
Personal Effectiveness  
Some Additional Thoughts  


Instructor Resources

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions for each chapter.
  • The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Case notes include summary, analysis, and answers to case questions, providing an essential reference and teaching tool.
  • Carefully selected, web-based video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Carefully selected, web-based video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.

For instructors

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