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Launching a Leadership Revolution: Mastering the Five Levels of Influence Paperback – June 1, 2013
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Brady and Woodward offer a detailed examination of what defines a leader, the qualities necessary to fulfilling the role and the common path previous leaders have traveled toward achieving personal greatness. Initially self-published, this effort follows up the duo's earlier bestselling effort, Leading the Consumer Rebellion. Contending that each of us has a natural wellspring of talent and ability buried within and will eventually be thrust into a moment requiring leadership skills, they lay the groundwork for being prepared to perform when that opportunity arises. The leadership concepts are strengthened by anecdotes like one involving the New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady, who led his team to three Super Bowl wins despite a resounding lack of confidence in his ability to do so. But quotes on leadership from sources as diverse as Mark Twain and golfer Tiger Woods, often three and four to a paragraph, can get distracting. The authors also occasionally get carried away with charting their concepts and awkward metaphors (e.g., driving against the traffic of mediocrity; avoiding the shoulder of frustration). But overall, this manual is one from which any potential leader—whether of a country, corporation or a small staff—could draw insight. (Oct. 22)
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The best book on mentoring available. * Bob McEwen, former Ohio Congressman * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I wish I would have had this book years ago it would have saved me much emotional and financial grief.Consider your business and leadership library incomplete until this book is on your shelves.
The book is organized well, using simple descriptive chapter headings that are helpful and true, like "What a Leader Is," "What a Leader Does," "How a Leader Grows in Influence," and memorable hooks for each of the Five Levels of Leadership. It includes an excellent bibliography ranging from other books on leadership to great biographies. The authors are obviously widely read and prolific readers.
Brady and Woodward synthesize much and they do it well. There are countless helpful, truthful and accurate definitions of leadership; this mere fact illustrates why we continue to write and read about the subject; it is so broadly experienced and definable it becomes indefinable. But these authors came up with one of my favorite definitions of leadership: "the influence of others in a productive, vision-driven direction and is done through example, conviction, and character of the leader."
Some reviews have criticized these authors for rehashing what has already been written and their use of quotes. How can you not do so about leadership? What I like is that Brady and Woodward synthesize what has been written and said over the ages into something fresh, meaningful, helpful and practical. This is a book on leadership that can be applied by anyone seeking to develop further as a leader at any level, in any context or role.
The authors boast of their use of historical examples for each of the described 5 Levels of Leadership, levels which they appropriately recognize as extensions from the work of authors John Maxwell and Jim Collins. Some of the historical examples work better than others, but I appreciate this approach of putting "flesh", hands, feet and personality on each level of leadership that nearly everyone can recognize. As for those who criticize the leadership examples from the history of Christianity, are you saying they are not prime examples or are you just grousing about religion because you have issues?
Brady and Woodward are arguably Level Four leaders in their own right, and this is the book that launched it for them. It can help any serious learner seeking to be a leader to the same high level of influence.
The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 stars is due to the publisher's allowance of sloppy editing, which was highly distracting, and the missing punctuation, misspellings, etc., made reading a challenge at times. This is not so much the fault of the authors - any writer is only as good as his last editor. The young Obstaclés Press needs to step up their editing game immensely.