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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but brilliant, September 3, 2009
This review is from: Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders (Hardcover)
It does not take a rocket scientist to understand Deutschman's central message: that in order to lead and effect positive change, a leader must 1) share the struggle with his or her people and 2) choose only one or two core values to propagate. Yet Deutschman's wide-ranging use of real life examples of leadership (some failed, some vaunted) elucidate his seemingly "simple" points brilliantly. I always wondered why Al Gore's obviously well-intentioned pleas for a widespread change in energy and environmental policy seemed to scare the hell out of people but had little concrete effect in how we live our day to day lives. But looking at Gore's own personal decisions about how he lives his life (his 10,000 square foot home, for example) makes it clear that he is not willing to share the struggle that ordinary Americans are being asked to share. (It's great that Gore did a very expensive green renovation on said 10,000 square foot home--but such an action is not one most Americans can afford to follow. Most Americans *can* choose to build or buy smaller homes, however, something Gore did not do for himself.)

I also appreciate how Deutschman profiles lesser known leaders: the owner of a small restaurant in San Francisco, a high school football coach in Atlanta. By not just focusing on the big names (though giving us plenty of those) Deutschman shows that authentic leadership is a value everyone can aspire to, whether it's parenting your own kids or leading the nation.
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