So you finally got your big promotion. You’ve moved up from top designer to become the manager of a whole team of talented designers. But now—you’re forced to learn a skillset on the fly which you’ve not previously considered essential: leadership. Thankfully, accomplished leaders often pay their success forward by writing books. Former Nabisco CEO Douglas Conant (with Amy Federman) has left a crumb trail of leadership lessons in the book, The Blueprint: 6 Practical Steps to Lift Your Leadership to New Heights. This half-workbook-half-manifesto contains a myriad of tips, tricks, and practices to get you leading and inspiring like Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, or more importantly—like your own authentic self with your own unique style. Here are some main takeaways from the book to help with your leadership acumen: 1 – Be Authentic Conant starts off the book with a personal story of being fired from his first middle management position
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