Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Editions: English, Chinese, Indian
Format: Paperback, Audio
Awards/ Recognition: 2018 Axiom Awards Silver Medalist

Won Axiom Award Silver Medal (2018)!

Communicate Like a Leader: Connecting Strategically to Coach, Inspire, and Get Things Done
by Dianna Booher

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“People don’t leave an organization; they leave a boss” has become a truism in the workplace for good reason. Often, that boss causing the retention problem has moved from buddy to bully unintentionally. The boss has been promoted from supervisor to manager or from manager to senior executive with brilliant technical skills but without the accompanying leadership and communication skills for the job.

As a result, these leaders—whether new or seasoned—are stuck in micromanagement mode. This book helps them get unstuck.

Communicate Like a Leader prevents micromanagement by providing principles to help professionals think, coach, converse, speak, write, and meet strategically to deliver results. 

In 36 very brief chapters, leaders learn to communicate ideas, vision, and initiatives strategically in various formats and settings to audiences up and down the organization. As a result, you as a leader will be able to…

  •  Interview and hire top talent for your team
  • Avoid hiring toxic employees
  • Give usable feedback as a coach, not a critic
  • Connect to strengthen your network and increase the value of your personal brand
  • Think on your feet to “say a few words” with poise and credibility
  • Present persuasive recommendations that get action
  • Run productive meetings that deliver results
  • Fire poor performers fairly so they don’t demoralize your team
  • Negotiate to achieve strategic goals

To hear why Dianna wrote Communicate Like a Leader, click on the video below:


Great leaders are great communicators, as Dianna Booher points out in this smart, useful book. If you want to become a top-notch strategic communicator, you’d do well to heed the advice in its pages.

Marshall Goldsmith
Executive Coach, Business Educator and New York Times Bestselling Author, Ranked #1 Leadership Thinker in the World by Thinkers50

If you’re a micromanager, you need to know it’s not just ineffective—it’s also the most labor-intensive leadership style. When you read Communicate Like a Leader, you’ll learn strategic communication skills that will improve your relationship with your people and actually make leading easier. Dianna Booher is the communication guru of the 21st century!

Ken Blanchard
Coauthor of The New One Minute Manager® and One Minute Mentoring

Everything they didn’t teach you at Harvard Business School — but should have — about leadership communication in the real world of work.

John Addison
Best-Selling Author, Leadership Editor of SUCCESS Magazine and CEO of Addison Leadership Group

Dianna Booher’s brilliant new book, Communicate Like a Leader, is the single-best communication guide I have ever read. In it there are 36 clear, concise, relevant, and practical bits of strategic advice on how to connect with others. No fluff. No wasted words. All substance. I guarantee you that there is something in this book that you can use immediately. And more that you can apply tomorrow and the next day and the next. Buy this right now, read it as soon as you get it, and then put Dianna’s expert advice to work for you. You will be very glad that you did.

Jim Kouzes
Coauthor of the Bestselling The Leadership Challenge, and the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

More than a mere treatise on communication, this is an extremely practical and actionable book about becoming a better leader.  It happens that leaders do their work by communicating and Booher provides valuable tactics to use in a wide variety of circumstances.   Every reader is guaranteed to take away some useful practices.

Jack Zenger
CEO of Zenger Folkman, Bestselling Coauthor of The Extraordinary Leader and Speed: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution

Communication and leadership are critical for all success. Dianna Booher is an expert on both fronts and an author of 47 books! Learn from her wisdom. Buy this book, read this book and learn from the very best – I do!

Dr. Peter Legge
O.B.C., CSP, CPAE Hall of Fame, CEO/Chairman, Canada Wide Media Limited

Dianna Booher has done it once again. This book is a must read for anyone seeking clear, practical and actionable advice.

Catherine Blades
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Aflac Incorporated

Great leaders have one thing in common: they are all great communicators. They have discovered how to convert their keen awareness into ideas that speak to one’s emotions and ambitions. They understand that if their message does not take deep root, it will likely make little difference in shaping outcomes. In her newest book, Communicate Like a Leader, Dianna Booher calls upon her vast body of work to create an inspirational playbook for leaders in pursuit of excellence.   A must read for people seeking to propel their career.

Bill Yancey
Managing Director, Operations, Hilltop Securities Inc.