Leadership Step by Step

Become the Person Others Follow

This book will teach you to behave and communicate so others want to follow you.

You will create meaning, value, importance, and purpose in your work and life, and in the people around you. You will become more self-aware and emotionally skilled. You will improve all your relationships and get more done with less effort.

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Joshua Spodek has been quoted and profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, Fox, NY1, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USAToday, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The New York Observer, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, Newsweek, Forbes, Worth, Esquire, The Guardian, Nikkei Shimbun, The South China Morning Post, The Taipei Times, The Village Voice, Artlog, PSFK, Metropolis Magazine, Salon, Gothamist, Slashdot, and more.

He has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, INSEAD, The New York Academy of Science, The U.S. Army, The Children’s Aid Society, IBM, Deloitte, and more.

“This book doesn't matter so much, but what you choose to do with it means everything. A hands on, useful, urgent book about leveling up as a leader.”

Seth Godin

Bestselling author and founder of altMBA

“Joshua is changing the game for leadership development and creating positive change. His insight to give a progression of exercises to practice is a once-in-a-lifetime game-changing advance in our field everyone else will follow. It's better than business school courses because he has you create real positive change that lasts. Leadership is about doing, not just understanding, and Joshua's exercises give you both. Leadership Step by Step gets it. Do its exercises and you will too. If you like my style, get coaching from me or buy Joshua's book.”

Marshall Goldsmith,

2015 #1 Leadership Thinker and #1 Executive Coach in the World. NY Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers.

“In Leadership Step by Step, Joshua Spodek fills the gap between education and experience for potential leaders. By treating leadership like the art it is, he imbues it with empathy and understanding. This is a book that will improve your business savvy and possibly, your life.”

Daniel H. Pink

Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Leadership Step by Step offers that rare breed of learning—genuine, authentic, effective, engaging, and, most of all, fun. It is based on the best leadership philosophy and practice. The results of doing its exercises insure that you will become an authentic, great leader, able to serve and to live to the best of your ability. Anyone who aspires to lead, to lead more effectively, or to live life to its fullest would benefit from Joshua’s exercises. This is true for business, public service, the social sector, the arts, education, and any sphere where leaders serve.”

Frances Hesselbein

Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree, CEO of Girl Scouts, named “Best leader in America” by Peter Drucker

What You Will Learn

Unlike other books that give you principles and theory, Leadership Step by Step gives you exercises to practice with people you care about on projects you care about. You will face the social and emotional challenges of leading others and yourself in a safe context.

The book has four units:

  1. Understanding Yourself
  2. Leading Yourself
  3. Understanding Others
  4. Leading Others

You will act and practice in each of these areas so when you lead people in life, you will act with experience, not trying to remember what you read in a book or paper.

Who Is This For?

  1. Professionals in leadership positions, on track to them, or who want to be
  2. People who want ownership of their work, as entrepreneurs or project leads
  3. Recent or soon-to-be graduates concerned of how to start their careers
  4. People who want to improve their relationships
Joshua Spodek

Joshua Spodek

The Author

Joshua Spodek is a leadership professor at NYU, a columnist for Inc., holds five Ivy-League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, both from Columbia University, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate, helped build an X-ray observational satellite orbiting the Earth as part of a multi-billion-dollar decade-plus mission led by the European Space Agency with NASA, has run 6 marathons, has done over 80,000 burpees, wrote over 2,400 blog posts, has taken over 250 cold showers, and has jumped out of two airplanes.

In his new book “Leadership Step by Step,” Joshua explores not only what it means to lead and to be a leader, but provides a practical, step-by-step approach to learning leadership through daily exercises. While most leadership books focus on theory and nothing more, “Leadership Step by Step” helps you apply the theory others talk about so you can become the person others follow.