Leadership starts with you. In his book Milburn addresses one of the essential aspects of leadership: self-leadership. He asks great questions regarding the given topic, and one of the things I liked was how one should "take responsibility" instead of just "accept responsibility." Another thing I liked was the difference between wishes and promises. People have many wishes they never follow up on and through. However, people become intentional, take actions, and take responsibility when it comes to promises. Another concept that made a lot of sense was his analogy of a corporation. Overall, the author provided helpful suggestions along with insightful personal stories.
Simple book. Leadership starts with you. Duh. I knew that.
What I didn't know was WHY. WHY does leadership start with me - and with you? This book explains it, simply, so even I can understand it.
This is a book I wish I'd had...
20 years ago, when I graduated high school, to understand I needed to lead myself first - before I could ever expect anyone to follow me; 10 years ago, when I was promoted to manager of an IT team, when I needed to step up and discipline myself before I tried to tell everyone on my team how THEY should be.
This book is the best investment you can make in your leadership life. Whether you lead 100 people or just 1 (you) this book is worth it's weight in rhodium (and when you read the book you'll know why I chose that element).
For $6.99 and 2 hours it will take you to read this, plus a LIFETIME of implementing it, this book is incredibly worthwhile for leaders of all levels and ages.
Full disclosure: Tim sent me a free copy of this book with no expectation of a good review. He just asked me to share my honest feedback with him. I think it's good enough I should share it with you.
Love this book! Great quick reading with tons of short, but succinct leadership insights: Before they fall in line behind you, they want to see if you can lead YOU. Oh such wise words. Pay attention wanna be leaders: Leadership isn't as easy as many believe. That's why so many fail and fail miserably. They forget that leadership is about leading yourself first, staying committed to yourself, your values, and your own individual personal/professional development. Tim does a great job hitting these and many other points to clarify it's important to get one's own "house" in order before attempting to lead others. Well done and a great "Must Read" for all management types from new supervisors to senior execs. Basic insights for the newbies and a great refresher for those with more time in leadership positions. I'd suggest is as a Lunch & Learn discussion group for leadership teams. Well done Tim!
I LOVED this book. I literally think about a piece of this book daily.Being a mother of 3 I am always looking for a book to help me be the best mom and role model for my children. This book fit that category.My favorite part was when Tim challenged me to think about "what would I regret not having accomplished a year from now." For me it was getting fit again. Since Tim is a graduate of P90X his success story encouraged me to go for it and stop talking about it. The other challenge was for me to follow through with the aspiration to write. I don't do it everyday like he does, but I'm trying. I have recommended this book to every leader I know and my husband is considering handing it out to his staff members. Tim you did an awesome job, love your blog too and I will keep spreading the word.
Tim Milburn, who brings many years of coaching and advising leaders, has once again brought us a great motivational book on how to shine as a leader. Anyone who reads this book can be guaranteed many solid and creative concepts that will assist him or her in becoming an effective and capable leader. Tim writes in a conversational style that brings his message to us in an easy to digest format. I would recommend this book to all who desire to lead others in any sphere.