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5.0 out of 5 stars Now more than ever
Steve Farber's new book, Greater Than Yourself, addresses a deep need in the business world and society at large. It's an incredibly inspiring story that pushes you to go out and find someone to take under your wing and help become 'greater than yourself'. In other words, it's about leaving a legacy of people who have succeeded at least in part because of you. It's...
Published on March 3, 2009 by Nick Morgan
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3.0 out of 5 stars Greater than Yourself
This is a very quick read, with a huge impact on your life. Everyone should read it.
Published on September 23, 2009 by Nc State
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)Easy read and good theory. It was good to see something that I strongly believe in --actually in print. Highly recommend this book to any manager or student of management.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Lesson in Leadership: Live it!,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)I have known Steve's writing long enough to know that if he puts something in writing, it has to be true, if not an understatement. This book definitely lives up to its subtitle and thoroughly explains the concept as clearly as humanly possible.
This is Steve's third book and in Steve's unforgettable "parable" style. Again Steve meets with some under-the-radar leaders, i.e. business leaders that you wouldn't think are business leaders. Don't Google the characters of the book. As with The Radical Leap, The Radical Edge and The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do, they don't really exist (or their real names have been changed). This book lists three simple things you can do to help those around you become better than yourself and having your relationships profit from doing so- three simple ideas that could change the lives of those around you. I could tell you what they are, but then the whole message of the book would be lost.
It is one of those books that, once you begin reading it, you just can't put it down until you've finished it, making it a great weekend read!
I would HIGHLY recommend picking up The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do and reading this first. Then immediately get into Greater Than Yourself. Then you will definitely get a fond understanding of the concept of Extreme Leadership.
You may not be able to successfully Google the names of the characters in the book, but definitely peruse the names of the people at the end of the book. You might find someone you know...
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)Note as hard hitting as Radical Leap and Radical Edge, and not as relevant to leadership development, but never-the-less a powerful book. It presents a unique perspective of developing the relationships within an organization, and the leader's role in creating something extraordinary. Definately worth the read and definately a books that creates a reason to stop and think about things and how they should be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Now about me.,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)Farber takes the concept of Servant Leadership to practicality, by showing examples of leaders who began developing others rather than focusing on their own success. This caveat, there is no growing others unless you are also growing. Greater than Yourself includes intentional growth toward our own potential, as well as investing all we have and are into a few people. The goal is that we can be their launchpad to their own potentials. The by-product is the enlargement of our sphere of influence.
5.0 out of 5 stars Make someone greater than yourself,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)I read every leadership book I can find, but I have never found one that described my personal leadership style in simple terms. As I read the book I more and more realized why I had been a successful leader, as well as recognized the common thread linking other leaders that I respect and admire. The focus of the leader is not on personal ego, but on the potential of the everyone else in the organization. This type of leader is rare, but incredibly powerful.
The book has a very simple formula for success: expand yourself, give yourself, and replicate yourself. This means that we need to find and be our best self, share that, and help someone else become their best self. It sounds so simple, but first we first have to get our ego out of the way. We have to be willing to give away the credit and not worry about building our own brand. We succeed when we help others around us succeed.
I like this book because it has a simple yet powerful message. There are no charts to memorize, no tests to take, "seven" right things to do. Be your best self, share your best self, help others be their best self. Start again and repeat. This is one of the story based leadership books I have read. The story is not overly contrived, nor does it require that I meet a Jedi leader in order to grow. I recommend this book to anyone in a leadership position, anyone who understands that we can be leaders at any level of our life, as well as students of leadership. A quick simple read with a great message.
Elisa Robyn, author of Pirate Wisdom.
4.0 out of 5 stars Greater Than Yourself,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)This is one of the best leadership books I have ever read. Through a fictional story the author teaches his idea of what makes a good leader. The author makes leading something attainable by everyone. I am going to put into practice
4.0 out of 5 stars This is what it really means to be a leader,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)Greater Than Yourself is an excellent book about doing more than just mentoring someone. It is about using all your resources to raise someone above yourself to reach their full potential. Steve Farber is an outstanding author and this book should be read by anyone in leadership.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has been nagging me for months . . . for a good reason,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)I read Greater than Yourself easily and quickly. Excited by the idea. I immediately started telling people about it. I even bought the mug and downloaded the map/overview from Steve's site. Loved it.
Then, it kept nagging me. Really nagging at me. This seemed so powerful yet could can it really be applied?
Why do leaders not do this already? Why don't more people view relationships with people as ways to make others greater, greater than they themselves are? Why isn't there more joy in creating success in someone else? Why isn't it acceptable?
Should I ask someone to help me become greater? Should I make sure I am ready to be asked myself? Whom should I choose?
I realized that the relationships Steve discusses in this book develop through a common connection and honesty that is already established and most times has happened naturally. BUT they become much more powerful when both sides subtly see what they are doing for each other.
Now, I see how many of my weekly conversations allow me to help others to be so much greater than me. For the leaders I coach 1:1, it has become part of our common language: "How will this help someone become greater than you?"
5.0 out of 5 stars Expand Yourself, Give Yourself, and Replicate Yourself.,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)The "GTY" approach is the central message of Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership by Steve Farber. I recently read this book and couldn't agree more with the premise. In summary, the book is about the value of always having a project where you are giving of yourself.
The GTY - or Greater Than Yourself - philosophy is about going out of your way to help others experience success, perhaps even helping them to be more successful than you are! On the surface that may make you anxious. Perhaps you might fear that it will take something away from you. Imagining it might stoke your competitive spirit. But, within this movement there isn't room for you to be feeling competitive with those you mentor.
The book is written in parable form - and I always enjoy a parable because it's so easy to read. This book was no exception. I read it in one sitting and really loved the concept. Wouldn't it be great if we ALL did that? If we all reached out and had a giving heart and generous attitude. I know that personally it has always come back to me tenfold when I've shared with others and boosted them up. It really is a great feeling being part of someone else's success.
The parable itself wasn't the strongest I'd ever read; it was a little cutesy and that may pose a distraction for some readers. The value of this book is really the concept and that it's a feel-good story. The GTY idea is described as a being a step above the golden rule, like taking that universal rule of doing unto others and raising the bar a bit.
Readers who are looking for leadership how-to may not be fulfilled by this book, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an easy leadership read that will leave them feeling inspired to make a difference through mentoring and a generous approach to networking.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is really good work,
This review is from: Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership (Hardcover)I like the business fable as a communication model. Farber does a very good job on this book which IMHO is Pay it Forward on steroids. It fits very well with today's business needs in leadership with the new generations. A very easy and fast read, it packs a solid punch. If you are the leader in a growing company you must read this book, carefully. I think everyone should read this
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Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership by Steve Farber (Hardcover - March 3, 2009)