The Leadership Journey
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The Leadership Journey

Practical tips on starting or changing your leadership journey

About the Book

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A handful of great leaders were born with something innate that made them inspirational and amazing. The rest of us? We have to struggle and learn through our failures. Perhaps we're able to learn from mentors along the way. This book is designed to help you figure out what you want to be as a leader, and how to help yourself inspire and motivate awesome, highly effective teams.

What makes this book different from other leadership books? Well, me, frankly. I've piled up some unique experiences working in various roles from the military through Cub Scouts. This book gathers up those experiences and lessons learned, and adds in practical exercises to help you focus on discovering and building your own leadership style.

This book also contains my Leadership 101 series from my blog at

About the Author

Jim Holmes
Jim Holmes

Jim is the Director of Quality Assurance and Performance at ConstructConnect. He's also the Owner/Principal of Guidepost Systems. He has been in various corners of the IT world since joining the US Air Force in 1982. He’s spent time in LAN/WAN and server management roles in addition to many years helping teams and customers deliver great systems. Jim has worked with organizations ranging from start ups to Fortune 10 companies to improve their delivery processes and ship better value to their customers. When not at work you might find Jim in the kitchen with a glass of wine, playing Xbox, playing in the field with his dogs, or looking longingly at the guitars he owns but seldom plays.

Reader Testimonials

Matthew Heusser
Matthew Heusser

Managing Director, Excelon Development

In the five years I have known Jim, I have hired him, handed accounts to him, collaborated with him on a crazy project that I was only willing to do because I trusted him. In that time, I have come to trust him as a brother and respect his judgement. If you want an introductory book about leadership that is more than cliches, provides actionable information, and actually makes you think, then you want The Leadership Journey. His advice on "do something awesome" alone is worth the asking price.

Alan Page
Alan Page

Unity Technologies &

In The Leadership Journey, Jim has captured an honest, practical, and no-frills essence of the difference between people who call themselves leaders, and those who can actually walk the walk. In addition to numerous examples, Jim includes simple and helpful exercises to help readers begin and continue their own leadership journey, and he includes plenty of pointers to additional reading for those thirsty for more knowledge. Truly a must have for anyone looking to develop and grow as a leader.

Richard Campbell
Richard Campbell

I have had the very good fortune to work with Jim Holmes for more than a decade. In that time, I have always admired his ability to lead – to created stewardships of responsibility for others that help them to be successful and at the same time become better leaders themselves. To this day, any time I can spend with Jim makes me a better leader – and he can help you too!

Mary Kaufmann
Mary Kaufmann

"Jim is a man of character and competence, with wisdom beyond his years. He is a true servant leader. His brilliance, coupled with his passion to deliver value creates growth and adds value to any team. I learn something from Jim every time we interact. He stands out as a notable leader and influencer of this age."

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • Preface: Why This Book?
    • The Bad
    • The Good
    • Whom Is This Book For?
    • Which Teams Does This Book Focus On?
    • Leadership Is a Journey
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contributors
  • My Goals for You
    • Decide if You Do Indeed Want to Become a Leader
    • Know How to Become a Leader
    • Help You Feel Like You’re a Successful Leader
    • Help You Understand How to Run an Awesome Team
  • Working The Exercises
  • Why Should You Become a Leader?
    • Too Few Good Ones
    • Career Advancement
    • Filling a Gap
    • Self-Fulfillment
    • Exercise: Why Should You Become a Leader?
  • What Makes a Great Leader?
    • Exercise: What Makes A Great Leader?
    • A Good Leader…
    • What Will Make YOU a Great Leader?
    • Exercise: Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Exercise: Working With Your Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Growing Into Leadership
    • Dealing With Impostor Syndrome
    • Get Your Boss Looped In
    • Learn the Mission
    • Demonstrate Ability
    • Following Up With Your Boss
    • Becoming a Trusted Advisor
    • Finishing Up
  • Being A Great Leader
    • Learn to Prioritize and Push Back (Gracefully)
    • Learn More About The Mission
    • Foster Success
    • 1:1 Meetings: They’re Not Optional
    • Formal Career Reviews
    • Working With Difficult People
    • Handling “Red Zone” Situations
    • Be Prepared
    • Level Up Your Communication Skills
  • Taking Care of You
    • Time Management
    • Find a Mentor—For Yourself
    • The Final, Most Important Thing: Work Life Balance
  • Finishing Up
    • Exercise: What Have You Learned About Yourself?
    • Closing Up
  • Closing Thoughts
  • Need Help?
  • About The Cover
  • Appendix A: The Leadership 101 Blog Series
    • My Take On Fundamentals
    • Don’t Screw With My Crew
    • Want Respect? Give Respect.
    • Calm in a Storm
    • Communicate Bad News And Big Changes In Person
    • Foster Success with Small Victories
    • Build Broad Shoulders
    • Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff (And It’s NOT All Small Stuff)
    • Open That Door!
    • Integrity is a Coin You Can’t Afford to Spend
    • Stop Talking and Listen
    • Odds and Ends Grab Bag
  • Notes

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