A few years back I had the privilege of working for Tom Endersbe, author of Three Commitments of Leadership: How Clarity, Stability, and Rhythm Create Great Leaders, a book that will guide leaders to make the Commitments which will result in a positive impact on your world and the people in it.
When I worked for Tom, he was an Executive in a Fortune 300 firm who got to that level as a result of his commitment to excellence, hard work and impeccable ability to build relationships. Prior to this role, Tom was a district manager who built a successful franchised financial planning practice that was in the top 1% of the company.
I watched him craft a team, implement a new initiative, inspire a dynamic group of people and get results. His ability to provide vision and guidance is without match. I believe a big part of this is because Tom genuinely cares about people and wants to help them be successful. If you want to create a culture of follower-ship, you need to read this book.
Recently I took some time to talk with Tom about his new book, below is a summary of our discussion.
Tell us a little more about the motivation behind writing the book and how it came about:
“I was interviewed by Jon Wortmann, one of my co-authors, for his prior book Mastering Communication at Work and he and I found some real synergy. We started talking every week and discussing experiences we had as leaders and our thoughts about them. A pattern emerged. We both felt strongly that the greatest resource of any organization or team is the potential of the people to grow and contribute. We described many situations where people just settled in and stopped growing. It kept coming back to the environment they were in and the overwhelming feeling of complexity and uncertainty that stifled their ability and willingness to contribute to their full potential. We identified that with a leader who was committed to Clarity, Stability, and a Rhythm that they could connect to, they began to take risk, innovate, collaborate, and grow. That was how it began.”
What kind of challenges have you faced in the process of writing and publishing the book and how did you overcome them?
“It took time. I was driving 2 hours a couple of days a week to a new business that I had acquired and we used the drive time to share ideas. We would talk, Jon would write-up what we discussed and we would react in writing back to each other. We did this for many months before we looked to our agent Giles Anderson for his insight on how we were doing. He pushed back on our writing style but supported our message. We rewrote the content in more of a leader to leader way and it started to come together.”
How has writing the book helped you in your own growth?
“Expressing your thoughts on a variety of themes in a blank page format, pushes you deeper into understanding from just awareness. You become conscious. In the words of the book, you gain Clarity. That gave me a confident feeling of Stability, and Jon and I developed a Rhythm that we could follow. We moved beyond awareness and cut new paths of thinking and Clarity. I use the content myself every day.”
Why should people buy and read this book?
“This book will provide a filter that everyone can use to sort through complexity in their lives and find the potential that exist in themselves and those around them. I want everyone to believe that we can all be leaders and impact our world.”
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today Tom. Is there anything else you would like to share in closing?
“I encourage everyone to imagine what could be accomplished if we could unleash the talent of the people around us. What if they became leaders too? The Three Commitments of Leadership gives you insight into how. By making the Commitments yourself, you can begin to model the behavior that will unleash the pent-up potential all around us. I can’t wait to see the impact.”
Tom Endersbe is the former Head of Field Implementation and Training at Ameriprise and currently is CEO of Endersbe, Herron and Associates.