1st Edition

Everyday Leadership A Guide to Developing Your Mindset as a Leader

By Ross Blankenship Copyright 2025
    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    This engaging book presents useful frameworks, key ideas and practical techniques – all grounded in scientific research – to help you lead better on a day-to-day basis.

    Whether you are moving into your first leadership role or are already a leader and looking to expand your purview and skillset, this is an essential resource for understanding leadership. Recognizing that a one-size-fits-all leadership approach isn’t always possible, Everyday Leadership encourages you to develop your own leader mindset. It gives a foundational overview of what leadership is, what makes leaders effective, and how to think systematically about organizations and teams. Translating science into accessible and practical language, it also offers general guidance for those who are interested in expanding their skills and knowledge. These teachings are supported by easy-to-follow reflective questions and exercises, allowing you to put these ideas into practice and develop a leadership practice that works best for you. At a time when people need to be empowered to lead, it will encourage you to truly think about what it means to lead other people in work and in life.

    Providing a toolkit that covers basic theories, concepts, and practices in leadership research, this book is a go-to resource for all leaders wherever you are in your leadership journey.

    Introduction: Who You Are is How You Lead

    1. What We Talk about When We Talk about Leadership

    2. What a Leader Does

    3. How the Task of Leadership Evolves

    4. Learning How You Practice Leadership

    5. What are You Trying to Accomplish?

    6. What Do You Owe the People You Lead?

    Afterward: Now What?

    Workbook: Putting the Book to Work


    Ross Blankenship, PhD is an organizational psychologist, executive coach, and lecturer at the University of Virginia, USA. He is the founder of the leadership coaching and consulting firm Tuesday Advisors, and author of Assessing CEOs and Senior Leaders. Learn more about his work at rossblankenship.io.

    Everyday Leadership offers a fresh, accessible perspective on leadership that resonates deeply in today's ever-changing workplace. Blankenship invites readers to reimagine leadership through the lens of daily actions, empowering them to develop a personalized approach to leading. This concise guide serves as an ideal meditation for anyone transitioning into a leadership role, providing practical tools to navigate this shift with confidence and clarity. A must-read for aspiring and experienced leaders alike.”
    Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Earned LifeTriggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

    Everyday Leadership is a concise, thought-provoking guide to the identity of a leader. Read this book to better formulate your leadership self-concept and lead with confidence as a result.”
    Richard Davis, PhD, Author of Good Judgment and Intangibles of Leadership.

    “A meditation on leadership that will help readers develop a personal understanding of how to lead in their own context, Everyday Leadership is a must read both for leaders and for the coaches who support them.”
    Alex Pascal, PhD, Founder & CEO of Coaching.com.

    “Effective leadership occurs through the culmination of actions and decisions that leaders make every single day. In Everyday Leadership, Ross Blankenship breaks down the act of being a leader into approachable, logical, and thought-provoking steps, while also normalizing many of the challenges and feelings of self-doubt that leaders face. This book is a great resource for developing leaders at all stages of their leadership journey.”
    Brodie Riordan, PhD, Author of The Coaching Shift, and Feedback Fundamentals.

    “Ross Blankenship provides a safe, conversational space for people – regardless of experience, confidence, or tenure – to build a mental map of what leadership could look like translated through their own experience, personality, and values. He provides structure without the rigidity of typical leadership dogma and practical, real-world examples that help you see yourself in the lessons. I will refer this book to anyone looking to prepare for a leadership role or to uplevel their current leadership practice.”
    Maggie Sass, PhD, EVP of Content, Research & Professional Services, TalentsmartEQ.

    Everyday Leadership is a testament to the fact that leadership is about your practices more than your position. Unlike most leadership books that offer one-size-fits-all maps to navigate the evolving world of work, Everyday Leadership will help you develop a compass that you can apply to whatever environment you find yourself in. This book will help you grow.”
    Simone Stolzoff, Author of The Good Enough Job.