Lead Smart: How to Build and Lead Highly Productive Teams ($11.00 Value) FREE for a Limited Time

The simple truth is that leaders have never felt so distracted, so overwhelmed and so unable to find the time they need to make a real impact. In Lead Smart, productivity expert Dermot Crowley delivers proven strategies for cutting through the busyness and working and leading more effectively, maximising productivity for you and your team. You’ll discover specific actions and solutions for shifting your focus from activity to impact ― so you can direct your energy to the opportunities and challenges that matter the most.

Lead Smart: How to Build and Lead Highly Productive Teams ($11.00 Value) FREE for a Limited Time

Helpful guide to reducing urgency and chaos

I picked this up because it aptly described how I felt – overloaded with workload leading to everything being urgent, resulting in stress on the systems and the people I manage. It’s an easy-to-read book that helps me re-frame the work I do and the need to change how I manage my work. Lots of practical advice. I am going back to read his earlier book, Smart Work.
Lead Smart: How to Build and Lead Highly Productive Teams ($11.00 Value) FREE for a Limited Time

With Lead Smart, you’ll learn how to make productivity your central priority, so you can maximise your own time as well as that of your people.

To be an effective leader, you need to protect your time to think, to plan, to make good decisions and to provide clear direction. You need to be responsive and available, so you can empower your team to act in line with your organisation’s goals. And you need time to coach and mentor your people, leveraging their skills, capacity and productivity.

Lead Smart shows you how to:

  • Level up your time management and personal productivity, so you can minimise distractions and noise
  • Streamline how you interact with your team and delegate more effectively
  • Lead the team culture from the top down when it comes to aligning priorities, managing urgency and fostering accountability
  • Boost your team’s productivity by building conviction, effectively negotiating workloads and deadlines and protecting the team from outside distraction
  • Inspire a wider cultural change around workload productivity in your organisation through your commitment to an elite productivity philosophy

This moment in time, when we are defining a new way of working, is an opportunity for managers, leaders and executives to reflect on old mindsets, habits and behaviours. Lead Smart is the book you need to upgrade how you use your time, energy and focus to better thrive and inspire as a leader.

This book is part of the Smart Productivity series, helping readers find practical solutions for better managing their time, energy and focus.

About the author :
Lead Smart: How to Build and Lead Highly Productive Teams ($11.00 Value) FREE for a Limited TimeDermot Crowley is one of Australia’s foremost thought-leaders on productivity. He is the author of Smart Work, and the founder of Adapt Training Solutions. Building on many years of experience in the productivity training industry, he started Adapt in 2002 with a vision of helping management and staff in Australia’s leading organisations to manage their time, priorities and emails more effectively using tools like MS Outlook and mobile technology.

Dermot has a highly inspiring yet practical approach to productivity in the modern workplace. His passion is creating real behavioural change, and has developed a system for working productively that is applicable to anyone working in today’s busy, email driven workplace.

While remaining heavily involved in the training activities of the business, much of Dermot’s time is spent working with senior leaders and leadership teams on their productivity, and their ability to lead productivity in their teams. His pragmatic approach and wealth of experience ensure that he brings relevant strategies to the table for the leadership level. His focus on productivity technology ensures that executives are getting the most from the tools at their fingertips.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wiley; 1st edition 
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1394188609
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1394188604
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.56 x 0.06 x 0.85 inches

Lead Smart, is an insightful book for leaders who want to take their personal productivity, effectiveness and teams to the next level. The book takes the reader on a logical journey with insightful examples and models which can be easily applied to everyday life in a busy leadership role. Lead Smart is the perfect book end to Dermot’s other work on productivity and a book which can be used ongoing in any leadership journey or team environment.
Mike Boyle,
HP Senior Vice President LF Print WW

In the age of AI this book may the answer to human endeavour.
Matt Church,
founder, Thought Leaders, author, Rise Up

With Lead Smart, Dermot Crowley again demonstrates his deep understanding of how productivity can impact performance in the corporate workplace, and what leaders can do to maximise productivity for themselves and their teams. This book is a great addition to the body of work Dermot has created to help leaders, managers and workers to get more done in a balanced, effective and productive way.
Susan Ferrier,
Group Executive People & Culture,
National Australia Bank

Whether you are an aspiring leader or already at a senior level, continuing to learn and test yourself is a must. Focusing on your own leadership skills and gaps allows you to not only become a better leader yourself, but also coach and develop the leaders of the future. In Lead Smart, Dermot poses the question, just how smart are you leading? Then delivers valuable tools and insight to challenge your current habits and create new ones to understand and address your own leadership potential. An absolute must for leaders of today, tomorrow and the future.
Paul Gracey,
board member and non-executive director

Lead Smart is a must-read for busy leaders seeking practical solutions to boost productivity. Dermot Crowley’s insightful book not only offers a wealth of useful tips for leaders but also prompts valuable self reflection. It sheds light on how well-intentioned actions can inadvertently hinder team performance. Personally, investing in this book and Dermot’s training has proved invaluable for my own growth, and that of my team. With its impact and depth, Lead Smart stands as another powerful contribution by Dermot Crowley.
Martin Paino,
partner, KPMG

Lead Smart is a practical no-nonsense guide for leaders on how their organisations can achieve more in a sustainable way — without the proverbial ‘busyness’. As with any important organisational change it does require a lot of ‘rewiring’— starting from the senior leaders. But with commitment it makes a huge impact. Having adopted Dermot’s approach to improving personal, teams and leader productivity, many in our team refer to it as a ‘game changer’.
Maxim Sharshun,
senior executive, Medibank

Amidst a vast ocean of leadership self-help books, Lead Smart shines brilliantly as a true game-changer. It skilfully guides leaders to uncover their own hidden workstyle biases that hinder their and their team’s performance, setting the stage for remarkable personal and team growth. With practical strategies and a roadmap for action, this indispensable gem is a must-read for leaders and managers who are striving for enhanced productivity and fulfilment in their own work, and that of their teams and organisations.
Betina Szkudlarek,
Professor of International Management,
University of Sydney


Any book linking productivity, leadership and culture is going to catch my attention. Dermot’s book, Lead Smart, shows us how to shift our team cultures through our own leadership actions and habits. Leaders are looking for cultures that work (or tackling cultures that work against them) and team culture is a great place to start, for what is an organisation except a collection of teams? Regardless of your market, product or maturity, all organisations need to shift beyond bursts of productivity to accountable cultures for true productivity shifts. Dermot’s book shows us how to lead our teams through everyday actions (and without the long hours).
Meredith Wilson,
culture strategist, author, speaker, executive mentor

Dermot Crowley’s Lead Smart is a game-changer! As a productivity guru, his fourth book delivers practical strategies for leaders to elevate their productivity and drive exceptional results in their teams. Having experienced Dermot’s expertise firsthand at Dreamworld, his insights have revolutionized our time management and team effectiveness. While Lead Smart will help me continue to work on my own productivity, more importantly, it will supercharge the productivity of our leadership team, and in a global environment where everything is moving faster than yesterday, that matters. A must-have guide for anyone striving to be an exceptionally productive leader.
Greg Yong,
Group Chief Executive Officer,
Ardent Leisure (Dreamworld, Whitewater World and SkyPoint)