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Leadership is Hell: How to Manage Well - And Escape with your Soul Kindle Edition

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Rob Asghar offers one of the exciting new voices within the American punditocracy. --Warren Bennis, author of over thirty books on leadership and adviser to four U.S. presidents

Rob Asghar's major contribution to the growing body of leadership literature is his challenge for thoughtful people to define leadership in a manner that is authentic to them. --From the foreword by Varun Soni, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California

Rob Asghar's major contribution to the growing body of leadership literature is his challenge for thoughtful people to define leadership in a manner that is authentic to them. --From the foreword by Varun Soni, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California

What I enjoyed most about Rob Asghar's book is that he is a brilliant and engaging writer. On that basis alone, it is a wonderful read. --Cheryl Conner, Forbes

Rob Asghar's major contribution to the growing body of leadership literature is his challenge for thoughtful people to define leadership in a manner that is authentic to them. --From the foreword by Varun Soni, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California

What I enjoyed most about Rob Asghar's book is that he is a brilliant and engaging writer. On that basis alone, it is a wonderful read. --Cheryl Conner, Forbes

About the Author

Rob Asghar is a University Fellow at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a regular contributor to Forbes.com. His essays and commentaries have appeared in more than thirty publications around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, Manila Times, and Japan Times.

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  • File Size: 1076 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Figueroa Press (May 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K58L6F0
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ng on May 14, 2014
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Fresh. Original. Accessible. Delightful in its choice of supporting examples and enterprising in its pursuit of Leadership.

I have to say, this book was a pleasant surprise.

Having read a wide variety of the classics (and contemporaries) on Leadership, "Leadership is Hell" managed to bring unique and useful ideas to the table. Not only does the author provide a framework for thinking about what makes great leadership great, but goes further by communicating the actions that hold so many back.

Too often leadership books are written about successful icons (for good reasons), but I cannot help myself but think that these are written as homages to their greatness and not as illustrations of viable paths that I would be able to take. This book is different, and from the get-go, it is clear the author is focused solely on the reader and helping the reader achieve.

There's few fluff or wasted words, and more than a few nuggets of wisdom. You'll likely enjoy it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arianna Wee on May 16, 2014
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I've been pretty jaded by fortune cookie leadership books--think 'I before E except after C' type of stuff. Rob Asghar, however, presents a wide range of very relatable examples and case studies in a very straight yet, more-than-the-McNuggets way in "Leadership is Hell".

As a fairly recent grad starting her career, I'm pretty green. So I very much enjoyed the thorough depictions of the what it takes to be a leader in general, what makes a great leader, what hinders a great leader, and what to do once you are a great leader. He dissected the subject matter aptly by exploring not only extremes (what definitely works and what definitely doesn't) but also, very realistically, the middle ground--what kind of works and what kind of doesn't work. And then, importantly, how to identify problems and fix them. Which, to me, is key.

I'm just starting out my career but I plan to keep this book by my side along the way as it has critical reality checks for each phase of the journey.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tatiana on May 23, 2014
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I never imagined I could be a capable leader, but reading this book made me realize that leaderships skills can be learned by anyone. There were many insightful passages that made me reflect on my personal faults that may be hindering my success, as well as ideas for how to make others trust me as a colleague and leader. I would encourage anyone to spend a few hours reading Rob Asghar's thoughts, especially if you are afraid of the idea of leading. I truly learned so much about myself in such a short time!
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I picked up "Leadership is Hell" on a friend's recommendation after resigning from my last job. I'll be completely honest; a huge part of the reason I left my last job had to do with poor management, so I thought this book might be an ode to everything my previous managers had done incorrectly. Of course, I was wrong, but in the best possible way. Not only did this book give me valuable insight into some of my misguided perceptions about what a leader in an organization should be, but it also encouraged me to ask tough questions about my own workplace personality, and how it might be hindering my professional success.

Chapter-by-chapter, I was able to break down where I might have made missteps in my young career, especially as a mid-manager. Asghar's use of psychological studies, pop culture references, and personal anecdotes pepper humor and truth into each page, making the content valuable for both those who lead and those who are led.

I recommend this book for anyone - leaders and employees alike - who is looking to better themselves professionally and succeed in their workplace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 25, 2014
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I am not really one to read on leadership (especially books that claim to teach me the process to become a leader), because I doubted the effectiveness of someone providing general steps and instructions that supposedly work for everyone.

But a friend recommended "Leadership is Hell" and I decided I'd give it a shot. I'm happy I did. For someone going in without much interest in the subject, it says a lot about the book that I was able to get through the entire thing in a single day. It is an easy read and is very accessible. I realized that while I was never interested in tackling "leadership" head-on, I had always been trying to go down the path of becoming a leader. Just by reading this book, I learned a lot about what my strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to leading. I have been made that much more aware of crucial attributes that I need to improve, and how to improve them.

As a recent grad who is about to start my career, I found guidance and direction that I know would make me that much more successful and effective as a leader in my field. I have gained more confidence in myself just by reading this book. Oh, and last note... I enjoyed the wide variety of example stories that depict the successes and failures of leaders from different time periods and in different fields. It amused me to hear stories that ranged from Washington's presidential background to Shaq and Jordan's basketball legacies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on May 15, 2014
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"Leadership is Hell" is not only valuable for current leaders and managers, but also for young professionals entering the workforce. Pick up this book if you want a wake-up call to the realities of what it takes to survive in any organization. The writing is smart, accessible, and even has a sense of humor. The book definitely bursts illusions about leadership and success that we're taught in school and in many personal development books. The author skillfully blends psychological research with real-life examples and carefully-crafted case studies, all to drive his seven valuable points home for readers. Each chapter made me feel liberated and empowered. I may be just getting started with my career, but I'm glad to know that I'll have this great resource with me along the way!
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