About the Book

Why do leaders shy away from tough decisions?

The more responsibility a manager has, the more likely it is he or she will face tough decisions. Often, these hard choices determine the difference between success and mediocrity; yet many managers, when faced with tough decisions, crumble.

Whether making decisions for a small group, a department, or the entire company, managers frequently experience situations where they know what they need to do, but are also aware that these decisions may be unpopular. They worry there is no ideal option, a lack of data, guaranteed disappointment or that there is no quick fix- what they need is a long-term perspective. They will decide to delay, further analyze, massively compromise or employ any other tactic to avoid dealing with the situation.

What's Holding You Back? offers leaders and managers (at all levels) the road map they need to confront difficult situations head-on.

Bob Herbold clearly explains why managers fall

victim to very human behaviors, such as:

  • Avoiding conflict
  • Striving for certainty
  • Fear of taking risks
  • A lack of self-confidence
  • A lack of a sense of urgency
  • Protecting their turf

Through illustrative, real-world examples from inside leading Fortune 500 companies- Microsoft, Porsche, IBM, Merck, Canon, Sony, Whirlpool, IDEO, Tesco, P&G, Target and 3M - Herbold details the larger consequences of this lack of courage.

Bob's latest spells out ten core principles of confident leadership. He also outlines proven tactics and strategies that managers have used to confront their inner wimp and call upon their inner courage. Step-by-step Herbold reveals how managers can cultivate and deliver accountable and decisive leadership, even while grappling with the toughest dilemmas.

Operational and innovative excellence can only come with gutsy leadership.