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The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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""Our weaknesses live in the shadows of our strengths, and this book does more than help us spot them--it shows us how to overcome them. Lolly Daskal takes us into the trenches of her executive coaching practice, carefully unpacking the self awareness gaps that hold leaders back and lightning the path to expanding our comfort zones." -Adam Grant NYTimes Bestselling author Give and Take and Originals.
"The brilliance in the book is seen in the Leadership Gaps"- Marshall Goldsmith NYTimes Bestselling author What Got You Here Won't Get you There.
"I've seen talented leaders unwittingly make the biggest mistakes of their careers simply because they don't understand the complexities and pitfalls of their own strengths. The Leadership Gap offers terrific insight and valuable wisdom for high achievers who want to understand the tendencies that stand between them and meaningful success. --Sydney Finkelstein, author of Superbosses and Why Smart Executives Fail
""The Leadership Gap is fascinating, provocative, entertaining, and useful--a significant new contribution to how we think and act as leaders, and I highly recommend it." --Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge
""There's no shortage of thinking and writing about leadership, yet there's a desperate shortage of leaders everywhere we look. That's what makes Lolly Daskal's book so powerful. Thoughtful and practical, analytical and personal, it invites leaders to rethink what it takes to be great, and promises to help bridge the 'leadership gap' that plagues business and society. I urge you to read it." --William C. Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company, author of Simply Brilliant
" In The Leadership Gap, Lolly Daskal reveals exactly what it is that makes great leaders great, along with the gaps that stand between leaders and their greatness. Every leader will benefit by applying the principles contained in this book, along with their people, their customers, and their companies." --Emma Seppälä, author of The Happiness Track
" Today, leaders can only achieve greatness if they are willing to nd and ll their competency gaps. In this fast-moving and highly helpful read, Lolly Daskal will show you the seven archetypes of leadership as well as the opportunities and pitfalls each one contains. Read it and soar!" --Tim Sanders, New York Times bestselling author of Dealstorming and Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends
" "An insightful new take on the world from one of my favorite leadership experts. Two Likeable thumbs up for this MUST READ!" --Dave Kerpen, author of The Art of People and Likeable Social Media
" In this deeply insightful book, leadership expert Lolly Daskal outlines a series of eye-opening and game-changing ideas, including why embracing weakness is the first step to achieving greatness. If you want instant insight into your clients, your boss, and even yourself, get this book. It will redefine the way you lead." --Ron Friedman PhD, author of The Best Place to Work
"Lolly Daskal is a keen observer of human behavior in general and leaders in particular. The Leadership Gap does an excellent job of helping aspiring leaders and seasoned professionals alike to and their blind spots and to understand the variety of styles that are required to be a positive influence on the people around them. This book might just be the next best thing to having your own personal coach." --Art Markman, PhD, author of Smart inking, Smart Change, and Brain Briefs
"The Leadership Gap reads like my story--a deep search for 'who I am being while I am leading.' If John Grisham wrote a book on leadership, it would be a compelling page-turner like this one. Don't miss this gift to the leader you can become. I promise you will be inspired, instructed, and invigorated." --Chip R. Bell, author of Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service that Sparkles
"Great leaders understand who they are as leaders and what motivates them to do the things they do. If you want to become one of them, read Lolly Daskal's deeply insightful book. It has invaluable advice for leaders who want to propel themselves to the next level. It's essential reading for those who want to be great."--Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of No One Understands You and What to Do About It
"The Leadership Gap is an exciting new contribution to the tired conversation of leadership, and artfully explains why some leaders succeed while others don't. Lolly Daskal draws on a wealth of expertise as leading global leadership consultant to identify the skills and gaps that exist within all of us."--Cy Wakeman, author of Reality-Based Leadership
"As a leader there's one thing standing between you and your ultimate potential. Once you are aware of it; once you embrace it, and once you know how to close that 'gap', you can then become the magnificent leader you are meant to be."-- Bob Burg, coauthor of The Go-Giver
"I love this book. Each page is chock-full of wisdom and common-sense actionable ideas. Lolly gets to the heart of what keeps us from being great and what we need to do to close the gap to become our best selves. e way she has organized it around archetypes is brilliant. You can go straight to the chapter that speaks to you, pick it up at any time to learn more about yourself and others, and it's an easy, fascinating read from cover to cover." --Jesse Lyn Stoner, coauthor of Full Steam Ahead! Unleash the Power of Vision
"Lolly Daskal takes us on a unique and insightful journey into the 7 archetypes of leadership and shows us what it is that makes some leaders impactful over the long term and others fall miserably short. This book is a powerful tool for growing self-awareness and improving your impact as a leader. The Leadership Gap is destined to become a go-to for anyone who wants to have greater impact in the world!"-- Dr Jackie Freiberg, co-author of 7 award-winning books, including CAUSE! A Business Strategy for Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness
"In these uncertain times, it's more important than ever for leaders to be people who are truthful and who we can trust. In her book The Leadership Gap, Lolly Daskal reveals the qualities of truly great leaders, along with the gaps that stand in the way of their greatness. This book guides you towards your greatness in the quest to become a better and more effective leader."-- Lauren Maillian, TV personality, startup investor, and author of The Path Redefined
"There's no way to read TheLeadership Gap and walk away unchanged. Lolly Daskal brilliantly distilledher experience working with world leaders into an immediately actionable bookfilled with wisdom. I highly recommend this book to everyone interested inbecoming a leader worth following."--Skip Prichard, CEO ofOCLC, Inc., Author of The Book ofMistakes (coming January 2018)
""I love love love reading Lolly's leadership insights. She inspires meto be a better man, and her writing gives me effective tools to inspireaction in the teams I lead."--Adam Kreek, Olympic Gold Medalist and founder KreekSpeak
"Riveting from beginning to end, The Leadership Gap pullsback the boardroom curtain to share startling insights from an executive coachwho counsels world-class leaders behind the scenes. Here, for the first time inprint, Daskal shares her system of the seven leadership archetypes and their"shadows," along with easy-to-use takeaways on how to identify your own typeand traverse your own gap."--Jane Ransom, International Speaker, Success PrinciplesTrainer, Author of Self-Intelligence™
"Filled with smart experience and candor, Daskal's book will help any leader get to the next level - including you."--Damon Brown, author of The Bite-Sized Entrepreneur: 21 Ways to Ignite Your Passion & Pursue Your Side Hustle
"In The Leadership Gap, Lolly Daskal speaks truth to power through her penetrating and practical insights for today and tomorrow's leaders." - Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor, Leader to Leader. Author of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way
"Great leadership starts with self-knowledge. Lolly Daskal provides a powerful new framework for understanding yourself and rising to become the leader, and person, you want to become."-Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and Stand Out
"With expert analysis and soulful compassion, Lolly Daskal provides a fascinating expose on the psychological "gaps" leaders face in realizing their true potential. I've seen few other books with such thoughtfulness, practicality, and empathy for the human side of becoming a leader."--Andy Molinsky Ph.D, author of Global Dexterity and Reach
About the Author
LOLLY DASKAL is founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership, executive coaching, and consulting firm based in New York City. With more than 30 years of experience with some of the world's largest and most successful companies, Daskal is one of today's most sought-after executive leadership coaches and leadership consultants. She has written thousands of articles and columns for a variety of media, including Inc., Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.
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Here are my three big takeaways from the book and why I recommend giving this a read:
1) All leaders face the same challenges. Whether you’re leading a small church group, run your department at work or lead a Fortune 100 business, you’ve got undeniable strengths and weaknesses to be aware of. The weaknesses are your leadership gaps, as Lolly calls them, are directly connected to what makes you a successful leader. The framework for identifying what you have and what you lack as a leader is universal as Lolly has spent one-on-one time with all different types of leaders and chronicled the patterns she’s seen first hand.
2) Lolly’s framework is highly actionable, which is refreshing. There’s useful theory in the book about why leaders act they way they do, but most importantly her suggestions are able to be put into action. The multitude of examples of all different types of leaders in the book brings life to each aspect of her framework. Learning how others have triumphed and failed due to their strengths and weaknesses as leaders makes her advice more accessible.
3) I greatly appreciated the simplicity and clarity of the writing used throughout out Lolly’s book too. I’m quickly turned off by business jargon, buzzwords and overly academic language, which was not the case with this read. I’m a fan of conversational books like Lolly’s, where the word-choice and sentence structure is focused on driving home the point of an argument in a smooth and concise way. It was clear from the beginning that it was Lolly’s goal to keep her advice and the leadership framework simple to remember. With all the information we’re taking in every day in 2017, I liked that Lolly named the entire framework RETHINK as it’s much easier for me to remember and reference on the fly.
If you’re looking to improve as a manager, politician, supervisor, business owner, executive or otherwise, than I highly recommend picking up a copy of the Leadership Gap. It quickly became one of those books I’ve referenced again and again, which isn’t common for me as I typically read books once.
The seven archetypes are easy to understand and fun to learn about. The examples of leaders who struggled are recognizable and left me with a positive feeling as in 'I can do this too'. Incorporating the lessons and suggestions into your own life is quite possible as the advice she gives for each of the archetypes is straightforward and no rocket-science. Yet, the division into the archetypes allows for the right advice for the right challenge. That is helpful.
I have a shelf in my bookcase where I keep those books that I feel are life-changing for me. This one will be one of them! I have already re-read parts of it and believe I will return to it many more times.
A must read for leaders seeking to become an improved version of themselves.