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By Nancy Woolever
It’s never too early in your HR career to think about the kind of leader you want to be. I recently read a great book that every early-career HR professional should read.
Timothy J. Tobin's
Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire and Motivate is full of helpful information and useful tips. The book takes a different approach to the popular topic of leadership. What differentiates Tobin’s book is the idea of creating your leadership story. This task requires introspection: deciding who you are and what your leadership story is. Throughout the book, readers follow “Bob” as he embarks on a leadership journey. In the process, readers have an opportunity to examine the harder issues that accompany one’s evolution from individual contributor to leader.
The book prompts readers to:
Tobin’s book offers readers an interesting pathway to discover their own leadership style. The resources provided throughout the book and in the appendices help readers navigate their own journey in order to create a personal story and inspire others to action. I see a clear link between the approach the book takes and the
SHRM Competency Model. By refining what you know and then logically translating that knowledge into action, you can become the leader you always wanted to be. And, in the process, you’ll become someone others want to follow.
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