We are all capable of leadership.
But it can be hard to know where to start. We wait to be told to lead, or until we're promoted to justify our ability. We don't have to wait. We can make the decision to lead in whatever way makes sense for us. We can further enhance our leadership development through expanding our awareness, by taking initiative to practice and then looking to those you trust, to those you lead, and to yourself to evaluate your efforts.
Through the author's real-life stories, research, and practice, this book provides detailed ways you can develop your Leadership Brand and map your decisions to support it within all aspects of your life in living a Leadership Lifestyle. Discover what's limiting your leadership potential and where you can truly find ways to lead in your life. This book is also for those of you who sometimes need a reminder about how you can take action from within the trap of mediocrity directly through your decisions.
Challenge yourself: Will you decide to lead today? Get your copy on Amazon here.
The A/P/E Model is a framework that we can use to make better decisions.
A stands for awareness. You need to be aware of yourself. You need to be aware of where you want and need to be. Self-awareness is the best trait leaders can demonstrate to improve their effectiveness through their decision-making.
P stands for practice. You can have all the awareness in the world about anything, but if you are looking to make a difference for yourself and those around you, you need to take action. You need to practice being a leader through your decisions daily. Not once a month. Not for the next week after reading this book. Every day. If you want to be a leader, you need to behave like a leader through taking initiative. Not tomorrow or the week after. Today. Now.
Once you practice and take action to lead, you need to evaluate, which brings us to the E. Evaluation within itself can lead to awareness. The two work hand in hand within the cycle. Evaluation should help you further educate yourself about where you are within your leadership journey, what you should continue to work on, and where you’re succeeding.
Get to Know Catherine
Catherine M. Rymsha, EdD, knows what makes a leader, a leader. Based on her years of training, research, and consulting, she's determined how a person becomes one: they make the decision to lead.
Catherine is a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she teaches courses on leadership. She has taught for Merrimack College and several adult education community programs. Catherine spent over ten years in marketing/communications leadership roles ranging from marketing healthcare conferences to writing speeches on payment card security. She now leads learning and development for a software company. Between her academic and professional experience, she has taught thousands of courses on leadership, feedback, and career to global leaders across an array of industries.
Her TEDx Talk, "Want to Become a Better Leader? Here's How. Just Listen," focuses on the importance of listening to leadership. She holds a master of science in leadership and a doctorate of education with a focus on organizational leadership from Northeastern University in Boston and was a member of the Sigma Epsilon Rho honor society. Her research at Northeastern University focused on leadership development within healthcare.
Catherine received her bachelor of arts in English/ communications from the Massachusetts Colleges of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts, where she was nominated into "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" and became a member of the Alpha Chi and Lambda Iota Tau honor societies.
Catherine is from West Newbury, Massachusetts, and attended Pentucket Regional High School. She lives on the north shore of Massachusetts with her dog, Mia. She is a four-time marathon runner and an avid snowboarder. Catherine loves craft beer, Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Stowe, Vermont.
"Because of Professor Rymsha, I believe that I have improved as a person thanks to her instruction, coursework and leadership expertise."
"My job was at a standstill but using the A/P/E Model helped me talk to my manager about my future. Now, I have a clear path forward in directing my Leadership Decisions with my Leadership Lifestyle thanks to the book. "