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Leadership strategies grounded in reality and focused on results

Recent polls show that 71% of workers think about quitting their jobs every day. That number would be shocking-if people actually were quitting. Worse, they go to work, punching time clocks and collecting pay checks, while completely checked out emotionally. In Reality-Based Leadership, expert Fast Company blogger Cy Wakeman reveals how to be the kind of leader who changes the way people think about and perceive their circumstances-one who deals with the facts, clarifies roles, gives clear and direct feedback, and insists that everyone do the same-without drama or defensiveness.Filled with dynamic examples, innovative tools, and diagnostic tests, this book shows you how to become a Reality-Based Leader, revealing how to:

  • Uncover destructive thought patterns with yourself and others
  • Diffuse drama and lead the person in front of you
  • Stop managing and start leading, empowering others to focus on facts and think for themselves

Equipped with a facts-based, confident approach, you will free yourself from the frustrations you face at work and transform yourself into a Reality-Based Leader, with the ability to liberate and inspire others.


Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and global thought leader with over 25 years experience cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman's philosophy has helped organizations and individuals all over the world learn to ditch the drama and turn excuses into results.

Wakeman's professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980's. Rather than forcing ineffective, conventional management practices into her workplace, Wakeman began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset, one that is founded in personal accountability. What she discovered was inspiring her employees were not only motivated to succeed, but they were also driven to deliver results, adept to change, and emanate happiness on the job. Inspired to help others transform their organizations and their work, Wakeman began consulting and training. Today, she visits more than 200 companies each year, empowering employees and executives alike to take control of and invest in their work.


One of the rare few outstanding business booksI loved it
From the Foreword by Larry Winget, author, It's Called Work for a Reason!

Cy Wakeman deftly shows how Reality-Based Leaders embrace personal accountabilityand empower others to do the same. This is a dynamic, winning book that all leaders and managers looking to make their organizations outstanding should read!
John G. Miller, author, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question and Outstanding!

I haven't been so moved by a business thinker and visionary in years. Cy Wakeman's message has been heard before that to truly succeed and grow, we have to check our egos at the door. But never has this counter-intuitive insight been so compellingly argued as in this terrific book.
Doug Smith, CEO, Ervin and Smith Advertising and Public Relations

Cy Wakeman's approach to Reality-Based Leadership is practical, relevant and exactly what today's leaders really need. This is definitely a must-read for every success-oriented leader and manager.
Jeff A. Hurt, CEO, Southwest Credit

Cy Wakeman is a brilliant story-teller and coach. She has a profound ability to tell a story that makes you laugh while at the same time cutting through your defenses to help you recognize your need to change. I have worked with Cy for years, and the lessons in this book have helped me create better organizations and a better me.
Jason Lauritsen, vice president, Human Resources, Union Bank and Trust Company