"Leadership Soup is a step by step guide to unlock your true potential for living passionately and purposefully through authentic leadership. It's straightforward and an easy read with profound insights."- Janet Bray Attwood, Co-author of NY Times Best Seller, The Passion Test - the effortless path to discovering your life purpose
"This book teaches you a profound formula for success not only in your personal life but also in your professional life."- Marcia Wieder, CEO and Founder of Dream University
"Kamran Akbarzadeh has a real winner with Leadership Soup. His incredible insight provides an inspiring read about the truths concerning the transformation from a management to a leadership focus in today's working relationships. The content is not revolutionary,but the results are."- Robert S. Keller,President&CEO, Keller Group Companies
"Leadership Soup is a great guide for anyone who wants to learn how to be an authentic leader. I especially like Kamran's idea of leadership being based on your life story, this combined with vision and a taste of Kamran's Leadership Soup makes an authentic leader."- Lisa Garr, Host of the Aware Show
Leadership Soup is one of the best books I have ever read. He covers this often complicated topic in an engaging and digestible style. He hits the bull's eye when it comes to helping leaders understand and master this vital mindset. --Tim Connor,CSP-best selling author of over 80 titles and an internationally renowned speaker & trainer
Leadership Soup is a step by step guide to unlock your true potential for living passionately and purposefully through authentic leadership. It's straightforward and an easy read with profound insights. --Janet Bray Attwood, Co-author of NY Times Best Seller, The Passion Test - the effortless path to discovering your life purpose
Kamran Akbarzadeh has a real winner with Leadership Soup. His incredible insight provides an inspiring read about the truths concerning the transformation from a management to a leadership focus in today's working relationships. The content is not revolutionary,but the results are. --Robert S. Keller,President&CEO, Keller Group Companies
From the Author
If you have not invested in this book yet, but are reading this section online, in a bookstore, or at an event, I hope you will invest in it because it will change your life for the better and help you and your organization soar to greatness.
Following are answers to some of the questions you might have in your mind.
Why should I read this book?
By reading this book, and the insights, concepts, tools, and solutions shared in its pages, you will discover a lot, including but not limited to:
- A recipe for a healthy and tasty leadership soup to guarantee success with people in your organization;
- How to attain productivity, profit and prosperity by linking purpose, passion, and people;
- How to develop and maintain a powerful and clear vision statement that inspires others in your organization to take action toward achieving it;
- How to build trust among people in your organization;
- How to recognize your limiting beliefs and transform them to empowering ones;
- How to empower people to do more than what they think they can do;
- How to move from basic leadership to inspiring leadership and become a change agent for world transformation.
You can be one of these change agents by developing your authentic leadership style in your personal and professional life. If you feel in your heart that you have been called to read this book, I assure you that Leadership Soup can act as a catalyst for the positive changes that you need to make in yourself. And I assure you it can also act as a catalyst to help your family, your team, your company, your community, your city, your country, and the whole world, depending on what you want to do with the material. Leadership is applicable to, and valuable in, all walks of life. That is why I recommend that you read this book to find the pearls of wisdom that were meant to be uncovered by you and only you, and use them to make the changes you need to make in the world, both inside and outside of yourself.
Whether you are a business owner, an employee, entrepreneur, coach, corporate executive, consultant, student, parent, experienced leader or an apprentice, this book has something to offer you and those around you.
Why did you write this book?
Actually, I didn't write this book because of my extensive leadership or management experience. No, I am not a guru, a celebrity, or a corporate executive. I am an ordinary person who loves his fellow human beings and cares about their well-being no matter who they are, what they do, or where they live.
In the past few years, I have noticed that many executives and managers treat their employees as a means of making profit for the business without investing in them. Intentionally or unintentionally, they treat people as machines that should work hard without regular maintenance. In other words, such organizations value people on paper and not in practice. When people in an organization are not valued, trusted, respected, and empowered, they do not value, trust, respect, and follow their leaders in return. Nor do they fulfill the values and achieve the vision of the organization. Fear, doubt, stress, negativity, anger, and hatred start to dominate, while positivity, productivity, profit and prosperity decline. As a result, the organization will fail sooner or later. This hurts not only the people in the organization but also the business as well as the economy.
I wrote this book to remind all of us that people need to be valued; their voices need to be heard; and their potential needs to be developed. People need to be encouraged and empowered to take action toward success for themselves and for their organizations- and for those around them. This way they will be inspired to imbibe the culture of authentic leadership and become authentic leaders as well.
It's important to say, too, that "organization" can be a company, a corporation, an association, a group, a family. It doesn't have to be about business; it's about people working together. It's not the formal structure that counts
In summary, I wrote this book to convey a profound message to you, and that message is that by linking purpose, passion, and people together we can achieve productivity, profit and prosperity - and by that I mean prosperity in its broadest form, which is richness in our lives. Together we can raise the consciousness of humanity and manifest a new world full of peace, love, and light.
Why Leadership Soup?
First let me tell you why leadership matters.
Leadership matters because it gives us a sense of purpose; everyone has a unique purpose in life. We cannot fulfill our purpose by always following others; authentic leadership helps us find our true north and fulfill our purpose.
Leadership matters because it links us to our passions. Knowing our purpose is not enough. We cannot truly lead if we don't love what we do. By developing our leadership skills, we can link our purpose to our passions and serve others. When people in organizations link the organization's vision to their passion, they soar to excellence. Authentic leadership helps us create that link.
Leadership matters because people matter. The world is changing so fast that we cannot do everything alone. We need people onboard. However, we cannot push people to always do what we want; the time of forceful management is gone. We need to work with people and for people toward a shared vision if we want guarantee success. We can only lead on purpose and inspire people to join us along the way.
Now let me tell you why the title of this book is Leadership Soup. There are two main reasons:
Reason #1: In the same way that we eat soup when we catch cold, because we want to feel better and regain our power and health, Leadership Soup provides a formula for those who want to become more effective leaders by living on purpose and leading on purpose.
Reason #2: Leadership Soup is also an acronym for the framework that I developed. LEADERSHIP is an acronym for the soup ingredients and SOUP is the outcome. By using the ingredients of the Leadership Soup, an authentic leader is guaranteed Success, Outstanding performance, Unity, and Productivity. You will learn the whole formula in Chapter 1.
Leadership Soup helps you lead with your heart and soar to greatness with inspired people in your organization, no matter how big or small your organization is, or where you are on your journey of authentic leadership. Once you begin applying the Leadership Soup formula, you will soon notice the difference. People will want to know more about you and your leadership skills; they will be drawn to you. They will like to be around you, listen to you, and follow what you do and what you suggest. Why? Because they have tasted your Leadership Soup that has strong people factors in it. Once you taste Leadership Soup, you know how satisfying it is.
All in all, I believe that if you implement the knowledge shared in this book, you will be guaranteed success wherever you are and in whatever you do. If you want to truly live on purpose and lead on purpose and leave a legacy for future generations, I recommend investing in this book. I believe in YOU and your leadership capabilities. Go leader go!
To Your Greatness,