Prepare to transform the troublesome into the tremendous with Alan Willett’s LEADING THE UNLEADABLE.

LEADING THE UNLEADABLE: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People

The control-freak, the narcissist, the slacker, the cynic... Difficult people are the worst part of a manager’s job.

What sets great managers apart is the ability to turn these problem personalities into productive team players.

Alan's book is timely, topical and extremely valuable. Alan's “out of the box” thinking is refreshing, challenging, wise and always useful.  I highly recommend this book to leaders, potential leaders and the unleadable.

Barry Dwolatzky
Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE)

In the IT organizations I help, the root cause of most problems is a failure of leadership. I'll be handing out Alan's book to IT leaders as part of my work to help IT live up to its promise.

Sten Vesterli
More Than Code

Whether you’re new to leadership ranks or a veteran, Alan Willett’s Unleadable will lead you through the quagmire of difficult issues in turbulent times.  Alan gives you the courage and skills to lead in tough situations, with tough people, in a tough environment.  

Alan Weiss, PhD
Author, Million Dollar Consulting, Million Dollar Maverick, and over 60 other books

Leading the Unleadable is a great addition to Alan’s proven powerful contributions to the field of leadership.

Girish Seshagiri
Vice President, CTO of ISHPI, an international SBA, five-time Inc. 500|5000, Multi-Award Winning Company

  For all who are grappling with leadership – either as a leader, as a leader of leaders, or perhaps as an aspiring leader, it has new insights to offer.  Alan’s approach is direct, and his field research really buttresses the learnings.

Max Steinhardt

Thought provoking and to the point. Alan Willett’s Leading the Unleadable transformed how I handle difficult situations.

Rob Synder
President & CEO
Envisage Information Systems

Your difficult people are often extremely valuable when turned in the right direction. Read this. Better yet, understand the concepts in this book and use them. 

Noopur Davis
Senior Vice President, Technology and Product

In his book, Alan systematically deconstructs the challenges that all leaders face and lays out a playbook of pragmatic techniques and mindsets for transforming people problems into inspirational moments of leadership.

Greg Kops
Think Topography

Every work setting has its share of mavericks, cynics, divas and other difficult people… The difference between success and failure is figuring out how to mold these challenging (and smart) people into one team with a common focus. I recommend this book!

Richard Harris
Executive Director, Predix Applications Engineering
GE Digital

This book is a must read for anyone aspiring to be an exceptional leader.  Leading the Unleadable captures the heart and soul of leadership.  

David VanEpps
Marketing Technology Director
Acxiom Automotive

A great book. As I read Alan’s book, I was frequently so taken back by a concept that I thought, “That’s it!”   These are great leadership concepts for managing large organizations or even for leading teams of one: yourself!

James Over
Technical Director, Software Engineering Practices
Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Alan provides unique guidance on how to handle the personality quirks that become big problems for the rest of the organization. He goes well beyond the reaction to how to prevent the problems from even emerging at first time.

Pedro Castro Henriques
CEO Strongstep, CEO SCRAIM, Investor

Alan is a master chef and the chapters within his book are his recipes for success. Having tried his recipes I can say the final dish is a delight. Alan always has a guiding manner when it seems all is lost.

Steve Watkin
Engineering Director
ASM Pacific Technology

I found this book to be a wonderful resource for all leaders, because it discusses strategies for improving leadership at all levels with a thorough discussion of leadership challenges and strategies for improvement.

Sara Buchanan is an STC member that serves as the NEO STC community newsletter editor and is the membership manager for the IDL SIG

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Alan Willett is an international consultant, speaker and master of the “friction point." In this book he offers simple steps, examples, and scripts to to show you how to:

  • Master the necessary mindset
  • Explain problems calmly in short feedback sessions
  • Get a commitment to change, and follow up
  • Coach others to replicate the process
  • Develop the situational awareness required to spot trouble even earlier in the future

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