D.A. Benton's self-help book, 'How to Think Like a CEO: The 22 Vital Traits You Need to Be the Person at the Top', has landed at No. 40 on our list of the Top 100 self-help books of all time.
It doesn’t hurt to have exemplary models when we’re trying to figure out what we’re capable of. For her book, “How to Think Like a CEO,” D.A. Benton interviewed more than 100 CEOs to figure out how their thinking differs from that of everyone else. Her research helped her identify 22 “vital traits” for success. Chief among them? Honesty, humor, and a lot of guts.
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Other Business Self-Help Books by D.A. Benton1) 'Amazon.com: CEO Material: How to Be a Leader in Any Organization, by D.A. Benton. In her book, 'CEO Material: How to be a Leader in Any Organization', D.A. Benton defines what it means to be a leader. For her, the answer can be found in four questions: Do they respect me? Would they follow me if I were in charge? What’s my track record? Do people like working with me? Am I smart enough in the right areas? For her, the pinnacle of leadership is confidence, and that comes from being a generalist – knowing every aspect of your organization and how the pieces mesh together. Amazon.com: CEO Material: How to Be a Leader in Any Organization, D.A. Benton.
2) 'Executive Charisma: Six Steps to Mastering the Art of Leadership', by D.A. Benton. Benton dives into the world of executive leadership enumerating the reasons why leaders aren't born. They're made through trail and error, cooperation and acceptance, things that most leaders reject as they attempt to exert their own wills on their company. D.A. Benton's six-step process to becoming a charismatic leader are: 1) Be the first to initiate, 2) Be human, humorous, and hands-on, 3) Expect and give acceptance to maintain esteem, 4) Slow down, shut up, and listen. 5) Stand tall, straight, and smile, and 6) Ask questions, and ask favors. Amazon.com: Executive Charisma: Six Steps to Mastering the Art of Leadership by D.A. Benton.
3) 'Lions Don't Need to Roar: Using the Leadership Power of Personal Presence to Stand Out, Fit in and Move Ahead', by D.A. Benton. Executive leadership coach, D.A. Benton argues that it's not just technical experience and knowledge that will give you an edge – it's presence. It's self-presentation as art-form. It's learning to enter a business meeting with enthusiam, likeability and confidence. Here, she shares tools and tricks to give you the confidence to truly lead. Amazon.com: Lions Don't Need to Roar: Using the Leadership Power of Personal Presence to Stand Out, Fit in and Move Ahead by D.A. Benton.
Related Business Books1) 'Think and Grow Rich', by Napoleon Hill. Napoleon Hill decided to write 'Think and Grow Rich' after getting a suggestion from steel titan Andrew Carnegie. Published during the heights of the Great Depression, Hill's book remains his bestseller more than 70 years later. In 'Think and Grow Rich', Hill defines 13 principles designed to further your achievement. The 13 principles are: 1. Desire; 2. Faith; 3. Auto-suggestion; 4. Specialized Knowledge; 5. Imagination; 6. Organized Planning; 7. Decision; 8. Persistence; 9. The Master Mind; 10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation; 11. The Subconscious Mind; 12. The Brain; and 13. The Sixth Sense. Amazon.com: Amazon.com: Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.
2) 'The Magic of Thinking Big', by David Schwartz. A self-help classic, “The Magic of Thinking Big” doesn’t emphasize the size of your brain so much as your ability to think outside the box. Used by corporations to encourage execs to take chances, David Schwartz argues that small thinking is one of the biggest reasons for business (and personal) failure. It’s only when we see things for what they could be, rather than what they are that we start working towards our biggest dreams. Amazon.com: The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz.
Who is D.A. Benton? A short biography at SelfHelp.fmThe author of eight books, D.A. Benton has also published extensive articles in publications including The Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. For more than 30 years, she's run Benton Management Resources as a world-class consultant, speaker and author. Her clients include Dell Computer, General Electric, McDonald's and Pfizer. Based in Livermore, Colo., D.A. Benton is regularly tapped as a keynote speaker at national and international business conferences.