7 Principles of Becoming a Leader
The definitive guide for starting and building your management career.
by Riku Vuorenmaa
Do you want to be a good leader?
How do you become a leader?
Becoming a leader and building a leadership career is not easy. However, it is definitely much easier than most people believe. What makes it hard, is that there are so many insights to know and things to do to make it happen, and most people don’t have a clue about them.
There is just a huge amount of essential information that is not discussed in the traditional leadership books or taught in the management schools. Also, a big part of the whole process is not even related to learning actual leadership or management skills.
Some people figure out parts of the puzzle by themselves and end up doing quite well. Some get help from experienced mentors or coaches and make it that way. However, the fact is that there aren’t really any comprehensive guidebooks out there that would tell you the whole story of becoming a leader and building a successful career management career. This is where the 7 Principles of Becoming a Leader comes in.
This is how to become a leader: 7 Principles of Becoming a Leader
7 Principles of Becoming a Leader is the only book of its kind, a definitive guide designed just to show you everything you need to know and do to become a good and respected leader and succeed on your career, no matter where you start from.
The book makes it easy to get started. It begins from the very first steps of leadership- and career development, providing a complete step-by-step plan for building up the right skills, traits, mindset, motivation, character, reputation, relationships, and career management tactics for becoming a respected leader and advancing effectively on your career.
Written on nearly 500 pages, you will learn the 7 profound principles of becoming a leader and building a successful management career, explained in great detail, and accompanied with clear plan and actions to implement everything directly into your work and life.
The sole purpose of the book is to get rid of all the uncertainty and doubts you might have by equipping you with essential knowledge, clear plan and goals to follow – and then inspiring and motivating you to push through all the challenges on your way to success.
7 Principles of Becoming a Leader
1. Professional development: Excellence at work, productivity and time management
2. Leadership development: Mindset and essential leadership skills
3. Personal development: Your motivation, character and traits as a leader
4. Career management: How to get promoted to leadership positions and paid well for your work
5. Social skills and networking: Work and connect with the right people
6. Business and company understanding: The big picture
7. Commitment: Decide and commit to becoming a great leader
There never has been a clear rulebook to show you how to become a leader at work and building a successful leadership career. For most it all seems to be mainly based on luck, some previous education and experience or even just whims of your bosses, rather than something you can actually control by yourself.
However, there is an ocean of essential knowledge, insights, and strategy needed to become a leader and build a successful leadership career. Most people are completely unaware of this, as this is not taught in traditional leadership books or schools, and the essential information is scattered around dozens of different sources or locked inside of the minds of the established leaders who already made it.
There are some great leaders out there who never get far on their careers, as they are lacking the right career management skills. There are also some pretty lousy leaders in great management positions, as they got there by abusing certain career management tactics while ignoring the actual leadership development. 7 Principles of Becoming a Leader focuses on balanced and comprehensive approach on both, leadership- and career development, making sure that those who want to be good leaders will make it, and also get what they deserve.
Why some people are on the career fast track?
The few people who have access to this insider information and experienced mentors have a huge advantage over everyone else.
Those who have access to this information are the ones succeeding on their careers and usually end up becoming leaders and managers quickly at their work. If you are one of the lucky ones, having all this information on your hands is like having a clear map to success: You only need to follow it, and you will always be a few steps ahead of everyone else and good things will inevitably gather on your path as you lead the way.
Do you ever feel stuck at your career?
I know I did
I was exactly there some 10 years back: Completely stuck with my unsatisfying career, and I desperately wanted something more.
After quite a bit of wondering and self-reflection I realised that I wanted to become a leader and manage my own teams or even whole department or a company! I just didn’t have a clue on how to do it, and neither did I have any education or experience for it. I was deeply frustrated as I had no idea how to even get started towards my new dream career. I read through all the best leadership books, and while they taught me lots of leadership and management skills, there really wasn’t a single book that would have put it all together and shown me what I really needed to learn, know, and do to become a leader and get into a position where I could actually work as a manager or a leader.
The fact was that the best leadership books out there were great at teaching various management and leadership skills and traits of the great leaders but none of them actually taught me how to become leader and especially, how to start my own management career.
However, I eventually overcame the challenge, and built myself a corporate leadership career in a record time. Once I started to figure out the correct strategies, I became a Director in a huge IT company in under 3 years after I started pursuing a leadership career (See my linkedIn). I more than doubled my salary in the process and I didn’t even have any leadership education back then. And that was only the beginning of my journey…
How did I become a leader and how did I get promoted so fast to management roles?
I first started my leadership career with help and support I got from friends, experts, other leaders, and mentors. I was very lucky to have some great people around me, willing to help me. I also read through dozens of the best leadership books, and studied countless other management- and business books. Then I dove deep into personal development and psychology to complete the journey from a well-established professional to a professional leader. In the end I also did a master’s degree in business administration to learn even more, but that was only after I had already established myself as a professional leader.
I used these principles to become a corporate leader and to build a successful management career for myself. Later, I helped others to use the same principles to advance quickly on their careers while same time teaching them how to become good leaders.
The first book with a complete step-by-step plan: How to become a leader and rise through the ranks
These principles are now, for the first time, written in a book, 7 Principles of Becoming a Leader – The Definitive Guide for Starting and Building Your Management Career.
The sole purpose of this unconventional leadership book is to make all the necessary information and insights available for everyone. It decodes all the leadership development and career building secrets to clear principles and actions that anyone can implement.
It doesn’t matter what position you start from or if you do not have any previous leadership experience or support of an experienced mentor. The book will be your guide through every step on your journey to becoming a true leader who is in control of their work, career, and life.
More than a book: A complete guide to personal development, excellence, leadership and career management
7 Principles of Becoming a Leader is not only a leadership book, but a comprehensive method guiding you through all the essential aspects of becoming a strong individual, a great leader and building a successful career around it.
What would your life look like if you knew exactly how to become a leader?
7 Principles is written only one goal in mind: To show you everything you need to become a leader and get promoted to management positions, revealing all the secrets and insights that the traditional leadership best sellers completely miss.
And most importantly, it starts from the very beginning, showing you step-by-step how to become a leader and take control of your work, career and life.
What would your career look like if you knew exactly how to get promoted to the position you want?
Imagine what it would feel like to have a clear direction for your dream career, a solid step-by-step plan how to achieve it and the willpower to make it all happen. That is what leaders do, and with 7 Principles you are about to become one!
Then, on the other hand, imagine what your career will look like in a few years, if you just wait and hope that it gets better. And even worse, what will happen if you finally get a chance for a promotion and end up competing with someone who has a clear plan and knows exactly what to do to win.
The fact is that important promotions are never given; they are taken by those who are prepared and know what they are doing. So, make sure you are the one taking them, and start your journey to become a leader with a book that will show you everything you need: The 7 Principles of Becoming a Leader!
Toolbox for a new manager
On top of teaching you how to become a leader, the book provides a comprehensive toolbox of the most important leadership and management skills for every new manager or leader. With the tools provided by the book will know exactly what to do as a new manager, what mistakes to avoid, and you can lead with confidence in your new management position while building up your skills to grow from a new manager to a respected leader.
Get your book and start your journey to be the leader you are meant be!
The full book is available at Amazons around the world, and I wholeheartedly believe that it is one of the best books to teach you how to become a leader and how to start a successful leadership and management career. It is also one of the very few books that will address all the aspects of being a good leader – not only building up your leadership skills and management skills, but building up yourself as leader and then showing you exactly what to do to get promoted quickly to the positions you want.
Best regards, Riku Vuorenmaa
Word from the Author
Hundreds of books have been written about leadership and how to be a good leader. While there are many great leadership books out there, and I have learned a lot from them, the one problem I have with most of them is that they talk about leaders on a huge scale. Most best-selling leadership books draw their inspiration and learnings from the CEOs and founders of the multi-billion-dollar corporations rather than focusing on the most common pathways to leadership and management work: Rising through the ranks in a company that you work in.
The reality is that most of us are not founding the next Google, Microsoft, or Starbucks, at least not in the beginning of our leadership careers. Most of us work for someone else by our own choice, and thus we need advice and insights on how to become leaders and how to get started with successful and fulfilling management careers within this setup. Chances are that you will never become a great business leader or a founder if you don’t even know what the first steps are to get started.
Most of the traditional best selling leadership books are based on the examples and experiences of high-level leaders set the bar for the leadership journey extremely high. This can easily discourage anyone from even considering taking the first crucial steps as a leader, as everything you read just seems to be a million miles away from your current reality. Way too often, after reading a book like this, you don’t have anything concrete to put into action at work to start building yourself up as a leader and a top candidate for the next available promotion opportunity.
In other words, trying to become a leader and starting your management career using the standard books of leadership and management theory out there is pretty much like studying the building process of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, when you are planning to build a garden shed behind your house. You will waste your time and get completely overwhelmed trying to learn about the intricacies of building with high density steel at 800 meters above the ground, when you would in reality need only to learn how to plan a basic wooden shed with a saw and a hammer.
This book is designed to be something different. We will start with the garden shed and make sure you get it right. Most importantly, we will make sure you get started in the first place. But don’t worry, doing this will also set you on the right path to think about building skyscrapers someday if you wish to. This is also when the traditional best selling leadership books become much more relevant to you. You will find my recommendations for further reading in 7 Principles of becoming a leader, so you can keep developing your leadership skills once you made it through the first steps of your new leadership career.
That said, the one single goal of this book is to show you how to become a leader in your current job and then quickly accelerate your career advancement towards management positions, equipped with a solid plan and all the essential insights that will not only make your success possible, but inevitable.
You can also find me at linkedIn, if you want to check out my career highlights or just connect and say hi!
Best regards, and hope you enjoy the book
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