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In leadership as in life, only practice makes perfect. Habits are powerful. They can lock us into negative behaviors (like snacking and smoking) or train us to act automatically in ways that benefit us (such as putting on a seat belt) . Routines quietly undergird large portions of what we do and how we function. Habit formation can speed success in the workplace as well--even in complex areas like leadership. The Leader Habit spotlights 22 essential leadership abilities, breaking them down into a series of small, learnable behaviors. The accompanying 5-minute exercises help you practice each of these new skills until they stick. Drawn from a study of hundreds of leaders across the globe, the book's simple formula focuses on developing one skill at a time: sell the vision, delegate well, innovate often, empower others, overcome resistance, build strategic relationships, focus on customers, listen actively, negotiate effectively, and more.

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Martin Lanik

Martin Lanik is author of the business bestseller The Leader Habit and CEO of Pinsight. His habit-forming leadership training focuses on 5-minute practice sessions woven throughout the day. Martin's research-based formula has helped thousands of high-potentials, managers, directors, and executives in 30 countries build stronger leadership skills. More than 100 companies - including AIG and CenturyLink - have implemented his programs, which received awards from Chief Learning Officer and Brandon Hall.

Martin's work has been featured in Forbes, Crain's Detroit Business, Chief Learning Officer, Talent Economy, and Monster.com. He has appeared on multiple radio shows and podcasts, including Secrets of Success, The Business Creators Radio Show, Business Insanity Talk Radio, Work That Matters, Business Leadership Podcast, 2Questions.TV, and Small Business Advocate. Martin has contributed articles to outlets like Chief Executive, Business Management Daily, HR People Strategy, and HR.com.

Martin's book, The Leader Habit became an instant bestseller, and it's transforming how organizations and individuals approach leadership development. Forbes described it as an "interesting analysis of the troubling problem of why all those millions spent on executive training and development seem to have such little effect," and 800-CEO-READ hailed that "Lanik's method works where other training programs fail." The Denver Post included The Leader Habit among its top five business books.

Based on the Leader Habit formula, Pinsight's online leadership development program delivers daily exercises to leaders' smartphones and tracks their progress. After a live simulation full of webcam role-plays with live human actors, Pinsight's technology generates a custom development plan for each leader that makes everyday practice sustainable and rewarding.

Martin lives in Denver, Colorado and holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Colorado State University.

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