Compendium on Leadership Lessons


Ed Burghard“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams



The reader feedback from my most recent series of blog posts on leadership has been unexpected, amazing and so appreciated.  One reader suggested I consider authoring an eBook compiling the content of the series.  I thought it was such a great idea, I decided to do exactly that.


The Compendium (below) shares thoughts of great Procter & Gamble leaders I have had the privilege to learn from during my 33-year career with the company.  Each section provides a different perspective on what great leadership looks like.

Leadership is probably the #1 most important skill at P&G.  The Company recruits talent based on a proven track record of exhibiting leadership skills and then invests heavily in training employees to become world-class leaders.  I think it would be fair to say that P&G is obsessed with finding and developing leaders.  This recognition of the power of a culture that fosters personal leadership is what led Richard Dupree (P&G CEO from 1930 – 1947) to say – “You can take away all the buildings. you can take away all the brands, and P&G people will rebuild the company in a decade.”

If you are interested in working for (or with) P&G, this eBook is a must read.  If you know anybody who can benefit from the eBook, email them the link to this blog post.

If you want to engage your work team in a discussion about what good leadership looks like, use this eBook as a guide.  Have everybody read it and then facilitate a group discussion focused on which nuggets can be reapplied within your organization.  End your discussion with everybody wrting a personal action plan to strengthen their leadership skill set.

If you sit on a Board of Directors and want to calibrate the Board’s perspective on what good leadership looks like from your organization’s President, share the eBook with your fellow Board members and use it as a conversation starter on the topic.

If you have children looking to enter the workplace, share this eBook with them as an example of what the private sector views as leadership.  It may be the type of discussion that will give your child a head start in their career.


Imagine the positive impact a broad based discussion on what great leadership looks like might have.  It could be a very powerful thing to have people make developing their leadership skills a personal priority.  It might make people more aware of what it means to be personally accountable and that could lead to better choices.

Of course, this eBook can’t go viral unless you decide to share it with your network.  Tweet about it, email the link, blog on the subject, etc.  Anything you can do to share the link will be helping somebody become an even better leader.  Thanks in advance for whatever you decide to do.


Leave a comment on this post with your insight into what great leadership looks like.  Let’s keep the dialogue going.  If you have an example of a great leader, give that person a shout-out by sharing a story that illustrates why you see him/her that way.  Stories are a wonderful way to say thank you to that person.

If you found the eBook to be a helpful service, please leave a comment on this blog post. It is a collection of comments that illustrate how the Strengthening Brand America Program is making a difference.  By adding your voice, you make the case even more compelling.


If you click on the cover of the eBook pictured here, you will have access to a free copy of the eBook.

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