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Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life Hardcover – February 6, 2012
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About the Author
Ken Blanchard is chief spiritual officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the author or coauthor of 50 books that have sold more than 20 million copies, including the iconic One Minute Manager®.
Mark Miller is vice president, training and development, for Chick-fil-A. During his career he has served in corporate communications, restaurant operations, quality and customer satisfaction, and numerous other leadership positions. He began his Chick-fil-A career in 1977 working as an hourly team member. He is the author of The Secret of Teams and the coauthor of The Secret.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book hits on a topic that is important to every leader. How a leader grows and develops. No leader wants to stay put. By definition, leaders are about influence, change, pushing the status quo. But many leaders are not sure what that means, where that goes or how to do it.
This book gives a clear plan on how a leader develops, how they grow and use their talents to their full extent.
Here are a few things that jumped out in the book:
-Leaders who grow help others grow.
-There's certainly more to leadership than growth, but growth is at the heart of what creates and sustains great leaders. Growth is the leader's fountain of youth.
-Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It's really that simple.
-The best teams always do life together.
-We all make mistakes, and we do our best to learn from them. That's one thing leaders do extremely well.
-Anytime you influence the thinking, beliefs, or development of another person, you're engaging in leadership.
-When a person's core values are not aligned with a company's values, it's rarely a great situation - short term or long term.
-If you don't feel like you want to be a leader, you shouldn't pursue a leadership position.
-If, in your heart, you can't honestly say that you want to serve people, you shouldn't pursue leadership.
-Great leaders serve.
-Growing, for great leaders, is like breathing. It is not optional. It is not something you do in addition to your real job.
-Your capacity to grow will determine your capacity to lead.Read more ›
I was jolted out of my observer role a little later in the story when a long time leader in the company is being let go for not keeping his skills current. Instead of growing during his 14 years with the company, he has simply repeated his first year's experience 14 times! He fell into the trap of complacency and it cost him his job.
Ouch--that hit close to home. I wasn't expecting that.
Let's just say that I read the remainder of the book a little more closely. I explored the material with the intent of applying it to my own career. (The authors make this easy by including some action steps and key questions at the end of the story.)
Great Leaders Grow is a good resource for someone just starting out on their leadership journey, but it might be an even better resource for someone who is in the middle of their career and needs a boost. I know that was my experience. It's a quick read (about 1 to 2 hours) and well worth the time--even potentially life changing. Highly recommended.
As the book opens, Debbie Brewster, an accomplished leader herself, becomes a mentor to Blake, her late mentor's son, as he begins his career. Debbie tells Blake, "How well you and I serve will be determined by the decision to grow or not. Will you be a leader who is always ready to face the next challenge? Or will you be a leader who tries to apply yesterday's solutions to today's problems? The latter will ultimately fail. The difference: the decision to grow. And not a short-term decision but a decision to grow throughout your career and throughout your life. This single decision is a game changer for leaders."
Over the next several weeks Debbie reveals what this means in practical terms. She and Blake explore four ways that leaders must continue to grow, both on the job and off, because who you are as a leader is inextricably connected to who you are as a person. Whether you're a CEO or an entry-level employee, you'll be inspired to reflect on your own life and to design your own unique long-term growth plan, leading to not only continuing professional success but personal fulfillment as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I keep multiple copies of this book to hand out. Had my college students read this in one of my courses.Published 24 days ago by Credibility
The book provided some great examples of leadership and what it takes to become a great example to others. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to GROW.Published 27 days ago by Jack Whiteurs
I read this book on the recommendation of my Senior Pastor, and I'm glad I did. Filled with simple wisdom, the book makes the case that one's capacity to lead is determined by... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Todd A. Benkert
Required reading for the entire faculity and staff! I also provide copies for our community partners. The impact on our organization is incredible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe McFerrin II
Very easy to implement in your daily basis, for both in work as in your personal life, it is the journey you have to work on.Published 5 months ago by Esther Ruiz
Great concepts but I do not appreciate books written in this "fable" format.Published 8 months ago by Chunk
Simple and insightful concepts delivered in a manner which anyone can appreciate. Ken and Mark have produced any GREAT piece of work.Published 8 months ago by Dale Davis
I used this with my staff as a leadership tool. We had periodic discussions delving into how our business and lives are similar and how we can each GROW as leaders. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Realty Expert JS
Growth is a keystone concept, one that is starting to show up everywhere, from Carol Dweck's work in psychology on what she termed a growth Mindset to business and leadership books... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ash Ryan