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.



Sustained Leadership WBS

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 buyer
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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Praise From The Pros

  • I used a variety of leadership training materials and texts in my years as a college dean, but I have never seen anything even approaching “Sustained Leadership WBS,” with its encyclopedic view of all the various elements—229 of them—that contribute to becoming, sustaining, and developing oneself as a leader.  Bravo to Tom Reid for producing a useful textbook on leadership!


    Dr. David Stameshkin, Associate Dean (retired), Franklin & Marshall College

  • "Sustained Leadership WBS" is a scholarly, but easy to read treatment of various leadership principles and philosophies. His concentration on "sustained" leadership, and his attendant work breakdown structure (WBS) to achieve "sustained" leadership, can be very useful tool for both those already in leadership positions and potential leaders. Well done.


    Len Vincent RADM USN (RET); Formerly Commander, Defense Contract Management Command (DCMC); Formerly Commandant, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC)

  • Sustained Leadership WBS" is the first comprehensive identification and assessment of the critical elements essential to lead people and organizations for sustained success.

    The graphic decomposition of the knowledge, skills, and competencies makes this a practical learning tool for the seasoned leader as well as the aspiring novice. Thanks, Tom.


    "D. Jacobs | Chairman/CEO The Federal Market Group"

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.

He is a Fellow with the National Contract Management Association, has served as co-chair of the Council of Fellows, and has served as chapter president in three different NCMA chapters. He served a two-year term as a member of the National Board of Directors for NCMA, was named NCMA’s Outstanding Fellow for 2006, and received the NCMA National Achievement Award in 2009 and the Delaney Award. He serves as a mentor to NCMA’s CMLDP program and serves as a reviewer for NCMA publications and the Macfarlan competitive writing program. Mr. Reid has authored three previous books, chapters for several others, and two dozen of his articles have appeared in Contract Management magazine. He has spoken internationally on a variety of topics related to federal, commercial, and international procurement.

Mr. Reid holds a bachelors degree from Franklin and Marshall College, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Houston. He is a lifetime Certified Professional Contracts Manager and Certified Professional Subcontract Manager. He is admitted to practice law in Texas, before the US Court of Federal Claims, and the US Supreme Court.

Contact Tom at www.Ask-Tom-Reid.com or through CCS at www.CertifiedKsolutions.com.