Walk Your Talk: Take Ownership and Lead Like You Mean It
Synopsis: We’ve all been in the presence of a leader who captivates, inspiring us to put our soul into the work before us — and have marveled at just how they do it. Amy Walker’s debut book Walk Your Talk: Take Ownership and Lead Like You Mean It provides in-depth analysis and actionable steps for developing your leadership capabilities and becoming a leader with great potential to elevate and inspire. Amy’s clear, fun writing style and clever examples, scripts, and exercises will guide you to understand leadership strategies and quickly incorporate them into your professional and personal life. Her book will help you: Define the foundational characteristics of great leaders Analyze your own leadership style — including its strengths and weaknesses Focus your mindset and move past the patterns that hold you back Build a team culture of respect and trust Identify the needs of your team members to assist in their successes Influence without manipulation Conduct critical conversations clearly and productively Guide your team through conflict and change while minimizing chaos Great leadership is much more than holding a position of authority or power. As you lead, your actions — great or otherwise — are observed and magnified in everyone around you. As you take action to strengthen your natural leadership skills and develop new ones, you will find yourself playing a crucial role in enhancing the lives of others. Walk Your Talk is the catalyst that will take you there. Amy Walker has been in leadership positions for over fifteen years and has repeatedly shown the ability to build profitable businesses and lead teams. She now assists others in building their entrepreneurial dreams. Her foundational belief that leadership is a learnable skill resonates in her writing and her life work.
Inspiration: Systems and strategies are the predictable parts of business. The people we work with are what keep us on our toes. About 6 months before I wrote Walk Your Talk I was speaking at a business conference and people kept coming up to me afterwards and asking where they could buy my book. I cringed a little because writing a book sounded like a lot of work and I was busy building my company. The next conference I spoke at, again people asked where they could buy my book and I decided it was time to write one. I hated the idea of writing a book just to say I had written a book. I wanted to write something that would really be valuable to the readers. It was during that time that I noticed I was getting a lot of questions from my coaching clients about how to better work with people. They hired me to work with them on sales, marketing, and business strategies, but I found us spending large amounts of time talking through challenging situations like disciplining a team member, team members being resistant to change, and even conflict resolution. As I would walk them through the process of how to resolve their concerns I began getting questions about how I knew it would work. I would then go into deeper explanations and one day one of my clients said, “Is there a book where you learned all of this?” My answer was, “No but there will be!” I found my topic! As you study this book, (and it will feel like study), I hope you come away with a deeper appreciation and understanding of people. The people we work with are truly the best part of any project! Whether you are using this book for business, or to be a better leader in your personal life, Walk Your Talk will cause you to stretch and grow as a leader!