BOOK REVIEW | Leading For Engagement: 7 Sins and 7 Secrets


By Tracey Swanepoel 

The link between performance and employee engagement is proven, logical and compelling. And yet despite engagement ballooning into a billion-dollar industry, levels over the past eight years have remained consistently disappointing – the needle is not moving in any significant way.

Scientifically proven to foster engagement

Leading for Engagement: 7 Sins and 7 Secrets challenges leaders to address this. Firstly it highlights the 7 sins that kill engagement. More importantly, it clearly outlines 7 secrets that are scientifically proven to foster engagement.

This book describes actionable steps which will enable every leader to:

  • Integrate strategy, culture and leadership, making them real and accessible to employees at all levels
  • Simplify the key elements of their company’s strategy, and inject employees’ work with purpose and meaning
  • Encourage discussion – the oxygen of change
  • Inspire alignment towards a clear destination
  • Harness the power of business stories to make messages stick
  • Be brave enough to show up authentically
  • Focus on being a great listener.

By offering practical solutions to a fundamental problem, this book empowers leaders with tools and skills to create engaging and high performance environments.

This book is compulsory reading for leaders who want to turbocharge their effectiveness and the significance of their legacy, for the good of all.

– Brand Pretorius, Retired Chief Executive of McCarthy Limited

Thank you to an outstanding author for nailing the essence of leadership.

– Dr Shirley Zinn, Chair and Independent Non-Executive Director of Boards

About the Author

Tracey Swanepoel completed her BA Communication (Hons) at RAU (cum laude) and her MBA at Henley Business School. She has a deep understanding of strategy, leadership, culture and change management and has pioneered a unique methodology which equips leaders with practical tools to engage employees and enhance businesses performance. She started her career in advertising, working as a strategic planner for FCB, Ogilvy and Grey Worldwide.

After completing her MBA dissertation she spent five years at Harmony gold mining company as internal strategy executive before starting her own consulting business, THINKspiration in 2008.

Tracey speaks and writes extensively on strategy, culture and leadership issues facing business and is passionate about developing practical solutions. Tracey’s first book, The Leadership Riptide – And How to Escape was published in 2016, and was selected by the SABPP (South African Board of People Practices) in 2017 as one of their top 5 leadership books.

  • PUBLISHER | KR Publishing |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R329.00
  • ISBN | 9781869229405
  • Classification | Human Capital |



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