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The acclaimed author of Turn the Ship Around! shows leaders how to empower their team through better communication.

Few of us realise that our language in the workplace inhibits creative problem-solving and escalates uncertainty and stress. In both high-pressure situations and everyday scenarios, in each meeting and email, we have the opportunity to empower our colleagues by using the right words.   

In Leadership Is Language, former US Navy captain David Marquet expands on his best-selling leadership book Turn the Ship Around! and shows managers and leaders the next step in their development: how to enable their team through communication.  

Marquet outlines a set of principles and tools that help leaders inspire their people to take responsibility and address challenges without waiting to be told what to do, highlighting how small changes in language can lead to dramatic changes in a team's success and happiness. 

©2020 L. David Marquet (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A modern masterpiece

Prior to reading this, I had one book I'd recommend above all others in the field of technology management, now I have to start recommending two!
I've always felt aware of how important what you say is in terms of getting the most out of people. This book absolutely nails it for our modern era. Excellent.

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A must read not just for people in leadership roles

This is one of the best books I've listened to. The fact that the author is also the narrator makes the communication very effective and quite entertaining.
I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the book as it helped me reflect upon my actions and decisions as a leader and exposed the areas of improvement, which otherwise I had considered to be my strengths. To some extent, it was like a repository of every mistake I made as a leader under target pressures and getting a personalised lecture on how to have handled the situation/decision making differently. It was an opportunity to introspect and relearn some of key people and team skills.
I have recommended this book to my team, irrespective of what level there're at. In my opinion, it is a must read/listen for anyone in leadership role.
Most importantly, it's helped me be a servant leader, again.

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detailed - clear - engaging -interesting educating

loved to learn about the difference between blue and red work and how to fine tune the delicate balance between the two. Found extremely helpful thinking about the difference between intentions and behaviours. And empowering focusing on controlling the clock instead of obaying the clock! ultimately I admire how the author structured the book. Highly valuable read

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Tremendous

Jumped straight into my top ten leadership books of
all time. Thoughtful content and enthusiastic narration. Top class.

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Great book, easy listen

Being new to all this I have tried several books on leadership and management , This is by far my favourite, lots of usefull tools and strategies.

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Everyone should read this!

Excellent book - I'd read turn the ship around previously and couldn't wait to get started on Marquet's newest release, it didn't disappoint!

Irrelevant of whether you want to be, are already or have no interest in becoming a leader, you should read/listen to this book. The lessons and tips are as useful for every day life as they are for the workplace.

I'm off to do some blue work...!

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Great book on leadership

I enjoyed this book, it’s a good insight into the thinking and doing side of leadership. Some good examples used through. Highly recommend.

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Very informative well written book

I do like the practical approach towards leadership. Stories and authors experience contribute to the well balanced structure. I do enjoy listening to it.

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Game changer

I would recommended this book to anybody in a leadership role. This is a playbook for communication in the modern workplace and a essential for anybody interested in collaboration and commitment.

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Excellent leadership learning resource

Really useful and actionable leadership techniques around language and communication, along with plenty of nice examples of the right and wrong way, and their consequences.
Worth re-reading periodically.