This is not your typical theory-based leadership book. Chuck artfully couples his framework with specific tactics and provides a blueprint for what organizations need to do to develop their current and future leaders. This actionable approach empowers you to put the principles of agile leadership into practice now. Chuck's decades of experience add a tried and true human element to the subject matter, making this an entertaining and highly valuable read.
Peter P. Dhillon
Chairman of the Board
Ocean Spray Cranberries
Chuck cuts to the heart of key pitfalls and opportunities in leadership today. Reading The Rise of the Agile Leader is like having your own executive coach in the room. You can’t help but recognize yourself in the examples he gives from his many years in management and coaching. His advice is concrete and actionable.
Chief Commercial Officer
Chuck's agile leadership framework perfectly captures what all leaders and managers should aspire to be. Best of all, this book spells out exactly how to develop those critical leadership skills, no matter where you are in your career. In my experience leading HR in several industries and companies, a resource like this is invaluable to leadership development.
EVP, Chief Human
Resources Officer, Optum
Now more than ever, leaders must be agile - able to respond to ever changing market conditions and employee needs and expectations. The Rise of the Agile Leader is a practical handbook to help you improve your leadership skills and effectiveness. Our goal as leaders must be to drive employee engagement and alignment with the strategy, and Chuck Mollor gives us a roadmap to true talent optimization.
Executive in Residence, General Catalyst
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan
School of Management
A phenomenal read, fueled by deep personal experiences as well as decades of observing and advising the C-suite. It invites you to self-reflect and be honest with yourself and in return offers numerous practical and actionable frameworks for being an increasingly effective and agile leader.
Gérard van Spaendonck
Managing Director and Operating Partner
The Rise of the Agile Leader is the blueprint for leaders during this immense changing landscape for organizations and more importantly, leaders transforming their leadership abilities overnight. The book takes you through a personal assessment that clearly assists you in elevating your approach to your teams and the changes they are experiencing. A successful leader will find pearls of wisdom along with tactical methodologies to assess the changes we are experiencing globally with remote working, jeopardized personal safety, and organizational changes coming faster than we can manage. Leaders will not get enough of this self-reflective read.
SVP, Diversity & Inclusion, Nielson
I’m a believer in empowering teams and creating an environment in which people can do their best work. While that’s not always easy in a constantly changing world, Chuck’s coaching method and Agile Leader model has drastically enhanced the way I approach leadership and understand myself. Seeing the positive impact of putting his advice and models into action opens a new level of personal and professional achievement.
Vice President & GM of Consumer Electronics
Chuck Mollor is a first-class coach who offers his years of helpful advice in this easy-to-read text. Being an Agile Leader is a must for this era of great change we are in and the even greater change that lies ahead. Chuck offers invaluable insights and wisdom on how to make this transition.
Thomas H. Grape
Chairman and CEO
Benchmark Senior Living
If you’re wondering what the future of leadership is and when will it arrive, you missed it. As Chuck mentions up front, ‘the future is here’. The paradigm has already shifted and the workplace is filled with people and teams with different expectations, lifestyles, values, and commitment levels. The Rise of the Agile Leader prepares you to lead with consciousness, vulnerability, and a deeper understanding of yourself and your teams. Chuck Mollor provides a succinct narrative and the practical models and systems that will start you on your transformation into your own version of an agile leader.
President & CEO, Kayem Foods
Agility has been proven to be one of the most essential skills a leader can have, especially in today’s rapidly changing world. I've worked with hundreds of HR and business executives throughout my career, and one of the most elusive skills is how to develop effective leadership capabilities, particularly as people move into C-suite positions. The Rise of the Agile Leader distills this into an approachable and digestible format. I'd recommend this highly engaging book to anyone looking for a practical way to foster agility in themselves or their teams.
CEO Northeast Human Resource
I wish I'd had this book when I started my career because of the sheer number of "aha" moments it provides. But as a CEO, I find it equally valuable in helping me navigate the ever-changing marketplace and thoroughly understanding my people's needs, as well as my own. Chuck's models, tools, and methodologies leave no stone unturned when it comes to how to build your own self-awareness and use it as your superpower to maximize your organization's potential. A great read for leaders of today and tomorrow.
Michael J. Reynolds
Chief Executive Officer
Farm Credit East
The Rise of the Agile Leader is an engaging and candid narrative about Chuck’s personal experiences and how they shaped him as a leader. The book invites you to take a critical look in the mirror to reflect on what you can be doing better as a leader and backs it up with pragmatic concepts and tools to move you and your organization forward. Having worked with Chuck and his team at MCG Partners, I know he is passionate about his work, the tools and techniques that he recommends to his clients, and building stronger leaders and high-performing teams. The Rise of the Agile Leader is a must-read for executives looking to grow.
CEO, Cambridge Systematics
The Rise of the Agile Leader is well-timed in today’s ever-changing macro environment and is delivered with practicality and rare simplicity. Chuck breaks down the components of Agile Leadership into an identifiable set of behaviors, allowing readers to understand their own tendencies and how they’re perceived by teams and organizations. Along the way, Chuck shares his own journey, experiences, and key “aha” moments that bring these lessons to life. Anyone in a position of leadership or aspiring to be can glean insights from this book to help become a better version of themselves in service to others.
Vice President, Footwear
an Adidas Company
The Rise of the Agile Leader accelerated my development by opening my eyes to the impact of strategic leadership. Since incorporating purposeful awareness and development of myself and my teams, we’re operating more strategically, able to pivot more quickly, and driving innovation more effectively. As someone who’s benefitted immensely from the agile leadership framework, I recommend this book to anyone ready to unlock their potential impact.
Global Head of Software and Systems
Automotive, Bose Corporation
We all face complex business challenges in our roles, but those who provide straightforward solutions are most successful. That’s exactly what Chuck delivers in his book. I’m focused on talent and results—Chuck’s model and tools equip current and aspiring leaders to maximize both. By bringing your whole self, being deeply emotionally intelligent, and checking your ego at the door, leadership success is within your reach!
Chief People Officer
While there is no shortage of books on the topic of leadership, Chuck has managed to create a very unique and contemporary book. Chuck blends a deep ‘empirical’ body of research with his own rich personal and professional experiences to create compelling framework for self-exploration and leadership growth. I’m struck by the pragmatism of the work born from more than 30 years of having a ‘birds eye view’ on leaders and the impact they have, both positive and negative, on the organizations they lead. You will pick up more than a few gems here.
Marc B. Reuss
EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
It’s during times of uncertainty that great leaders emerge. But how can leaders evolve and adapt to meet the demands of this new world of work? For leaders, these demands can be both overwhelming and daunting. The leadership strengths that have served us well in the past are unlikely to predict our success in the future. The pace of change and the expectation to build amazing teams and drive impactful business outcomes requires leaders to think differently and relentlessly adapt. The Rise of the Agile Leader gives leaders the toolkit they need to elevate their leadership capabilities, adapt their style and create amazing outcomes. Chuck Mollor shares his experiences as a management consultant, executive coach, entrepreneur, son, and father to personalize the journey of leadership. He gives real world examples, practical capability models, and actionable tips that will lead to better team engagement, a robust culture, and measurable leadership success. This book is a great how-to for anyone who aspires to be a great leader. There has never been a better time for a book like this.
Chief People Officer, PTC
As an advocate for servant leadership, I've always believed that a leader's greatest asset is their people. Chuck's book clearly demonstrates how agile leaders empower their people to drive business success, and do so authentically and sustainably. Insightful, articulate, and precise, The Rise of the Agile Leader is a must-read for leaders at every level.
Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Bank
If you are responsible for identifying, hiring, managing, or leading top talent, this book is for you. Chuck makes a strong case for why your people are an organization’s most valuable resource and how to foster a culture that allows them to perform to their potential. As someone who has been focused on getting the right leaders into growing organizations for more than 20 years, I recommend this book and would advise any current or future leader to read it as well.
Alice Koehn Benson
CEO, Benson Executive Search
As an HR, culture, and leadership development expert, I've found few resources as elaborate as The Rise of the Agile Leader that adequately express the impact of leadership adaptability and a culture-first mindset. Chuck's methodologies can be quickly adopted by leaders in every industry to see immediate positive change throughout their organizations, and to ensure they maintain a strong, healthy culture that motivates their people every day. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chuck on several occasions, he is known for his ability to inspire others to rediscover their purpose and ignite goal-achieving action. He has a natural ability to connect with people and he is a consummate professional who knows how to accelerate positive change.
Chief People and Culture Officer
BBX Sweet Holdings
Chuck is one of the top thinkers today on the topic of leadership! This book is a must-read for every leader at each stage of their career. Full of wisdom and practical advice.
Founder, Fletcher & Company
Co-author, How Clients Buy
Perfect for these unpredictable times when agile leadership is essential, Chuck Mollor's book is a must read for everybody who has a leadership role or aspires to get one. Read this book to get access to the distilled experience of an outstanding executive coach who generously shares the recipe for the secret sauce of effective agile leadership.
Managing Director & Board Member,
South Eastern European Private Equity and
VC Association (SEEPEA).
The learning quest of leadership is a gift to anyone who has the interest, the persistence, the open-mindedness, and the ability to reinvent her or himself. Moreover, it is about the agility to continuously search for new ways of empowering your emotions and those you lead, grounded in your values. Chuck Mollor has played a critical part in my leadership journey, and this book is a wonderful, thoughtful, and very practical expression of his wisdom about leadership and his coaching. I am sure you will enjoy the read.
Remco J. Steenbergen
Chief Financial Officer, Barry Callebaut Group
This is an engaging read that offers a rich mix of self-reflection and pragmatic counsel on the principles of leadership. While many aspects of leadership are classic and stand the test of time, today’s dynamic business environment requires that leaders be sensitive to shifting demands and able to inspire others to be nimble and highly adaptive to change. The concepts that Chuck articulates are applicable at any stage of your career, from new manager to the C suite. I find it useful to select a concept that can raise my game as a leader and apply the insights from this book to practice and built that new skill. I highly recommend this book!
Environmental, Health, Safety and Security
Chevron Phillips Chemical
Chuck's book is an exercise in introspection. It's a reminder to me of the importance of being self-aware as a leader while reinforcing the importance of being authentic and true to who you are while being situational in your leadership and communication style based on your audience. If there's anything you take away from this book, it is that being able to adapt to an agile leadership style is not a destination, it's a journey—especially in today's uncharted business environment.
Vice President, Acquisitions,
Consumer Marketing, Gannett