One Piece of Paper – The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership

One Piece of Paper
244 Pages
ISBN 1118049594

A robust, authentic model for creating and clearly articulating a personal leadership philosophy.

Based on leadership expert Mike Figliuolo's popular "Leadership Maxims" training course, One Piece of Paper teaches decisive, effective leadership by taking a holistic approach to defining one's personal leadership philosophy. Through a series of simple questions, readers will create a living document that communicates their values, passions, goals and standards to others, maximizing their leadership potential.

The Book outlines a clear approach for identifying a concise and meaningful set of personal leadership maxims by which leaders can live their lives.

It explains and applies four basic aspects of leadership: leading yourself, leading the thinking, leading your people, and leading a balanced life. The book generates a foundational document that serves as a touchstone for leaders and their teams.

Simple, applicable, and without pretense, One Piece of Paper provides a model for real leadership in the real world.

Mike Figliuolo

About Mike Figliuolo (Columbus, Ohio Author)

Mike Figliuolo

Mike Figliuolo is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC, a professional services firm specializing in leadership development, and a nationally-recognized speaker and blogger on the topic of leadership. An Honor Graduate from West Point, Figliuolo served in the U.S. Army as a combat arms officer. Before founding his own company, he was an assistant professor at Duke University, a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro.

Mike actively blogs about leadership, strategy, communications, innovation, and other critical business skills at His work has been featured on,, SmartBrief, The Huffington Post, and many other well-recognized media outlets.

He's the author of three books:

  • One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership
  • Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results
  • The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved