Yes, You're a Leader!
A Practical Guide to Leadership for Real People
by John Charles Kunich and Richard I. Lester
March 2016, 186pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4483-6
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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How can a leader make smart decisions when key variables are unclear or even unknowable at the time for choosing a path?

Offering an array of fresh innovations to remedy the most daunting leadership challenges of today's complex and rapidly evolving world, this practical how-to guide is for anyone who has ever had qualms about his or her lack of leadership experience or imagined limitations.

Everyone in a leadership or management role wants a quick and effective solution to the most severe problems. This book enables even a novice to proactively work through the largest challenges. Rather than providing clichés or superficial advice, the authors leverage the most impactful examples of key elements of leadership in a practical way that readers can translate to their own situations, no matter if they are in charge of a for-profit, not-for-profit, educational, religious, family, or social organization. The questions for analysis in each chapter specifically guide readers as they apply the material to their own experiences and challenges, making the insights pragmatic, relevant, and immediately useful.

The book presents innovative tools and techniques, such as the use of Pascal’s Wager to make momentous decisions despite gaps in relevant data and an uncertain future, as well as a way to reduce or eliminate the career-ending threat of any reader’s most severe “Achilles’ heel” vulnerabilities. The time management chapter supplies dozens of pragmatic ideas to do more in less time—and do it better; the chapter on “Quicksand Quadrants” enables any leader to quickly assess the optimal mix of approaches in any situation. It all adds up to an essential—and user-friendly—manual for every leader at every level.


  • Explains how to be a transformational leader under even the worst conditions
  • Provides an analytical tool that helps leaders to identify the pros and cons of various options and steer clear of disastrous errors
  • Reinvents mentoring and feedback for time-crunched leaders
  • Illustrates the importance of becoming a mature leader in a millennial world
  • Shows how to multiply creativity and agility in a hypercompetitive environment
John Charles Kunich, JD, LLM, is Fulbright senior professor. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, he served as an active-duty officer in the United States Air Force for 20 years. His speaking engagements have included such universities and law schools as Oxford, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, University of Chicago, Berkeley, Duke, Georgetown, and many more. He has twice testified before United States Congressional Committees. Kunich is the author of seven other books and dozens of journal articles in the fields of law and leadership. He is also the composer/lyricist/librettist of Marva!, a musical play about the great African American educator Marva Collins.

Richard I. Lester, PhD, is dean of academics, Ira C. Eaker Center, Air University, United States Air Force. He has lectured at a number of military schools, including West Point. He has been a guest lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie-Mellon University, Holy Cross, and the American Management Association. He has conducted seminars in Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, and Russia. As an international scholar from the United States to Great Britain, Lester did postgraduate work at University College London and completed his doctorate at the University of Manchester. He has authored/edited several articles and books, two of which were coauthored with professor John Charles Kunich.


"An invaluable gift for the graduate."—The Charlotte Observer, April 21, 2016

"Yes, You're a Leader! is an essential read for all those who aspire to be a leader (who doesn't?), and even for those who think they are already leaders."—Clark K. Ervin, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

"John Kunich and Dick Lester provide a readable, compelling, and up-to-date book that convinces readers that they can be leaders. If I had to recommend one book that in a useful way shows how to enlist others in a leader-follower relationship, Yes, You're a Leader! would be it."—John A. Shaud, PhD, General (Ret.), United States Air Force
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