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Daily Leadership Development:

365 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader

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In the final analysis, great leaders are great learners and there's something here for every would-be, emerging, and experienced leader to learn. Full of thoughtful, straightforward, and practical advice on being the best leader you can be. Ron's nailed it when it comes to what it takes to be the best leader you can be; applicable lessons regardless of your position, place, or experience. The great news is that you can use this book every year, as leadership development is not a race that has a finish line.


—Barry Z. Posner, Ph.D., Michael J. Accolti, S.J. Chair, Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Author of The Leadership Challenge.

Habits take time to break, ask any former smoker. New, effective habits take time, repetition, and practice to develop. The endurance to keep up such an effort mostly fails regardless of the addiction (old habit). Dr. Riggio’s method, reminiscent of Ben Franklin’s recommended path to virtue, helps someone with novelty, variety, even playfulness but most of all, perseverance. How much do you want to be an effective leader? If you’re serious, use this book and the 365 steps to a new and more exciting you!


—Richard Boyatzis, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Co-author of the international bestseller, Primal Leadership and the new Helping People Change

I highly recommend Ron Riggio’s invaluable resource for anyone who wants to be an effective leader rather than a disaffected follower. His wisdom is based on a substantial body of organizational development research and elegantly packaged into 365 daily lessons along with self-assessments. You will be transformed into becoming a more effective person, as well as a truly impactful leader.


—Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, Author of the New York Times bestseller, The Lucifer Effect

Ron Riggio’s new book is a tour de force. Nothing less. Encompassing more than forty years of his own and others’ leadership research, it is accessible (in the manner of his popular Psychology Today columns), beautifully organized and crafted, and comprehensive. A must-have for scholars and practitioners alike. Daily Leadership Development will be a classic and take its place in the pantheon of scholars such as Burns, Stogdill, and Bass. Just amazing.


—Georgia Sorenson, Ph.D., James MacGregor Burns Leadership Scholar, Moller Institute, Churchill College, Cambridge University. Author of The Power of Invisible Leadership and recipient of the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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Many leadership books, even ones intended for everyday use, are high on theory and research but low on practicality. Or they are high on practicality but low in theory and research, which is to say that there is little or no scientific support for their claims. Riggio, a world leader in leadership research, has written a book that is immensely practical--with everyday tips on leadership--but also based on theory and research. So, readers will know that they are getting practical tips that really mean something, not just armchair speculations. I recommend the book most highly.


—Robert J. Sternberg, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development, Cornell University, Honorary Professor of Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Daily Leadership Development by Ron Riggio is a tour de force. He has distilled a long career in leadership into 365 useful insights about its real-world practice. A relative newcomer to leadership will find this book exposes them to a whole world of concepts and techniques. For seasoned students of leadership and followership, it is a master class review of just about everything known and written on these subjects. In essence, it is an encyclopedia of leadership taken out of a passive, alphabetical format and put into a dynamic, developmental progression. Those who can create a daily discipline of five or ten minutes with each day’s topic will tangibly increase their service to their teams and organizations.


—Ira Chaleff, Author of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders and Intelligent Disobedience

Leading takes practice every day. In this book, one of the foremost leadership experts, Ron Riggio, gives us gems of leadership knowledge in an elegantly simple way to understand and develop leadership potential every day. If you want to own your leadership learning and aspire to become a better leader, this book is for you.


- Cynthia Cherrey, President and CEO, International Leadership Association 

Essential reading for every leader: a year’s worth of leadership wisdom in powerful daily lessons, from one of the most respected leadership scholars of our time.


- Michael Harvey, Provost and Dean, Washington College

A highly effective way to combine both the study and the practice of leadership. Leadership development grounded in relevant scholarship.

- Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center and McCoy Professor of Leadership Studies at Marietta College, Author of Global Leadership: A Transnational Perspective

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This is exactly what people need to help them make the behavioral changes required to improve their leadership effectiveness. These small reflections and nudges can make anyone a better leader.

- Stefanie K. Johnson, Associate Professor, CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, Author of National Bestseller, INCLUSIFY 

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