Why another book on leadership?



Despite the many books, college degrees, and numerous think tank and institutes dedicated to leadership we still seem to be sorely lacking in those who truly understand leadership and can appropriately lead a team, a company, a city, a state, a government, a charity, or a charitable institution. Each seems to be in the news daily with another story of a failure which when finally understood is a failure in leadership.

Throughout the world people have failed to be leaders.Using project management disciplines and applying them for the first time on how to ‘build” a leader, The Sustained Leadership WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) provides a comprehensive assessment and project tool to permit anyone to improve their leadership capabilities and opportunities.

The Sustained Leadership WBS will inform, coach, and persuade people to embark on their personal journey of leadership development.

“Global Standard in Leadership Development”

Sustained Leadership WBS Summary, Abbreviated Contents, & Selected Excerpts

By using the project management Work Breakdown Structure tool, every element required to build yourself or your team into effective leaders is defined and explained. Nearly all leadership development materials offer a small slice of leadership. The problem is that they are incomplete.

Who Should Read This Book?


Established Leaders

Leaders understand the need for deep leadership strength in their organization and will recognize how the individual development of his or her team will improve overall performance. Whether the organization has 50,000 employees or ten, the astute leader will find a way to put SLWBS into the hands of their team and preferably in the context of comprehensive training. Even the best leaders require constant refreshing of their skills.

Company HR/Training

Training organizations, often but not always housed within HR, are constantly on the search for quality materials for their team. SLWBS hits several of their hot buttons, including the facilitated training, a book of some substance, and the credentials of the trainer. Whether these are the individual HR organizations within an larger context or associations of HR and placement professionals, all will benefit in defining what a leader looks like for THEIR organization.

Educational institutions

The depth and breadth of SLWBS lends itself to a textbook use. It has been described as an encyclopedic treatment of leadership, offering both a lexicon and rubric that seeks adoption across the field of leadership and leadership development. There are several semesters of material contained within the tome. For the novice leader, the aspiring leader, or the established leader, much can be gained from classroom learning.

Individual Buyers

The individual buyer will be attracted to SLWBS based on its extensive nature and the clear expectation that it is not simply to be read cover to cover. A purchaser can do the self-assessment for each element and decide for themselves which sections to tackle. Leadership is a very popular topic of many people at all stages of their career. The individual reader is presented with the opportunity to create 229 mini-self-improvement project plans.


An organization as large as the government requires many, many leaders at all levels and invests in a great number of resources to facilitate the development of its workforce. Whether the purchase is made for members of the workforce or in conjunction with the extensive training that is available, the government will benefit from using this resource.

Executive Placement firms

The ability to communicate effectively on what one person defines as a “leader” has no accepted lexicon. An early reviewer, an executive recruiter, noted frustration in the number of times he was requested to go find a “leader” for a client organization and the client was unable to articulate what specifically they were seeking. The recruiter said that he was going to purchase copies for all of his clients and tell them that they now had a guidebook to express to him which of the 229 traits were most important for THIS placement.

The Book

Here’s an overview of the first 10 chapters


Chapter 1:

Provides an historical overview of leadership and the many theories and concepts that have been used to describe what it is, how it works, and how to identify leadership when you see it.


Chapter 2:

Provides a short explanation of the WBS tool and how it is applied in the Sustained Leadership WBS model.


Chapter 3:

Details in an outline format the 229 elements and their relationship to each other.


Chapter 4:

Contains the real meat of the entire program, giving you a clear definition of each element providing, for the first time, the lexicon of leadership.


Chapter 5:

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Meet The Author



Thomas G. Reid, author of Sustained Leadership WBS, is Chief Problem Solver for Certified Contracting Solutions, LLC (CCS) headquartered near Denver, Colorado. CCS, in existence since 2002, provides leadership and contract training, consulting, expert testimony, and mentoring & marketing services to the government and its contractors.

Mr. Reid has worked for over 35 years in government contracts and business operations. Following seven years as a Government attorney specializing in procurement, he has served as a senior executive in both large and small companies demonstrating expertise in contract management, business development, training, leadership development, legal and litigation management, strategic planning, and management of multi-million dollar business operations. Learn more.

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