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Consiglieri: Leading From the Shadows Paperback – May 27, 2014
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This book is certainly for the C's - who will find a convincing argument that talent is not one-dimensional, and that they are not simply the not-quite-as-good leader, but in fact bring powerful capabilities of their own to the table. But it is also a valuable resource for the A's, who often fail to understand the feelings, needs and proclivities of their C's, whose talents and motivation they depend on.
To use a very American metaphor, every good quarterback knows how absolutely crucial his Offensive Line is - this book will prove that whether you're the lineman or the QB, it's ultimately the perfection of the relationship that counts. Hytner's perspective will help you strengthen that relationship, no matter what position you play.
His encouragement of leader-follower relationship evaluation and communication is valuable, and his long list of sample questions may appeal to those who are looking for a stepping stone in how to engage with their leader (or follower) in this manner.
Overall, this book is not a bad read, but not terribly insightful either. Most of the author's case studies and examples are British sports figures and politicians, and his literary citations require a pretty astounding breadth of familiarity (beef up on your Shakespeare!) in order to fully appreciate his points. This book can be safely skimmed without risk of missing crucial points or wisdom.
Also, it was kind of difficult to translate theory to real life.
I have been a fan of leadership books since I graduated college and entered the working world, and I find it useful to observe and learn from the way other leader's have taken the initiative, re-framed their perspective, and beaten the "other guy" in order to get to where they are today. Still, at times one can't help but feel that this age old narrative of "dominance" projects a vision of our world that resembles one big ladder with a lonely, yet powerful top rung. A position that is almost certainly unreachable for the majority of the population.
In a modern world where leaders can be found on farms - in sports arenas, classrooms, boardrooms, space shuttles and anywhere in between, Consiglieri is the only leadership book that I have come across which addresses the reality we live in today. If you need advice on how to navigate all the diverse personalities and environments you might encounter in your day to day life and year to year career, Consiglieri is the best place to start.
If you're the co-pilot, read the book.
If you haven't boarded yet, then absolutely read Consiglieri.
This book has a surprise beginning.
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