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Energize Your Leadership: Discover, Ignite, Break Through Paperback – April 17, 2015
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16 Authors from around the world met through Social Media and discovered a shared passion, leadership. We all have varying backgrounds ranging from senior leaders within organizations to consultants, coaches, bloggers, and authors.
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Each story deals with a different theme and the various themes are broken down into four overall categories, which include, Energize Yourself, Energize Others, Energize Your Workplace and Energize Your Future. You can come to this book from any angle really, as there is no need to (necessarily) start at the beginning and no need to (necessarily) read it in order, although it is laid out in a way where there could be some added value to doing it that way. Personally, I didn't read it order and I still find each story stands quite well all on it's own.
I really like the personal touch of each story. The feeling that you are talking to someone real, someone who is human, someone who is still leaning and growing but yet, someone who is trying to share the benefit of lessons they have already learned from experience. There is all too often the feeling that leaders are not real, that they don't understand human difficulties and they are not sympathetic to human problems. Leaders are sometimes seen as disengaged from the lives of those they lead and sometimes seen as people don't know or who have forgotten what it's like to be on the other side of the process. I think the humanizing of leaders goes a long way towards building trust and mutual respect between leaders and those that they lead. A good leader should have the benefit of experience, the battles scars (if you will) that demonstrate that they are not just an empty suit blessed with authority but rather a person who understands that the ability to influence others and lead them effectively, comes from hard lessons learned and the heart to encourage people to be their best, rather than just the authority or position to tear them down. As I read these stories, I feel a connection to each person being formed, even though I only know one the authors personally and that human connection will go a long way towards the goals of influence, instruction, and the belief that these actions steps really can make a difference for the development of other good leaders.
Energize Your Leadership consists of 16 first-person essays by leaders in the realms of business, academics, human resources and government. They hail from the USA, UK, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Lebanon. The book is divided into four parts: Energize Yourself, Energize Others, Energize Your Workplace and Energize Your Future. The key, obviously, is energy. Our 16 authors seem to be in agreement that finding sources of energy--positive energy--and applying it wisely at the office, in the classroom, in the boardroom and elsewhere is the key to having better, more productive and happier organizations.
There is a certain amount of repetition of ideas and concepts, but I think that is to be expected. Indeed, it is valid for purposes of emphasis. I was actually quite impressed by the passion, drive and intelligence of the people who put together Energize Your Leadership. The book is well conceived and well done, and leaders of all kinds would benefit from reading it closely. The advice contained therein is based not only on the authors' many years of experience but on solid psychological and sociological principles.