Leadership Transformed: How Ordinary Managers Become Extraordinary Leaders Kindle Edition
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It did two things that most books of its genre (business, leadership, self-help etc.) usually fail to do; it kept me interested throughout its 190 pages, eagerly moving through the chapters as I would a good novel; and it made me think, think deeply about the both the specific content of the book and the context in which it applies.
Why was it a `page turner'?
Many business books contain one fundamental maxim, which is repeated in several guises. These books can often be summarized in one phrase - do this, or don't do that. I quickly get bored with them. It's like different dressings on the same house salad. Peter Fuda provides a much richer and more fulfilling experience as he explains the 7 metaphors for Leadership Transformation that emerged from his research. Each is sufficiently independent to merit separate attention, whilst they are sufficiently complementary and interrelated that they must be considered as a whole. So the book provides a perfect 7 course tasting menu. It's also fun to read. It's jargon free and built upon meaningful personal anecdotes from the author and his research subjects. At times it has a `reality TV' feel as we retrospectively share their experiences.
Why did it make me think?
In terms of the content, I considered each of the metaphors and how they have, or may in the future, apply to me. I'm going to try the exercises that are offered on the PeterFuda.com blog to learn more. I also thought about the attributes that underpin the `transformed' versions of the leaders who are profiled.Read more ›
I like the brevity of the chapters and the metaphors, and they illustrate real areas of needed focus, however, the author leaves the bulk of the work and figuring out what that work might be, to the reader.
In a broad sense (and I've been there recently) there needs to be a lot of self-honesty and reflection.
Another book that came to mind while reading this was "The Power of Resilience" and how to change "negative scripts". This dovetails nicely with the "film metaphor" of "considering how your life might resemble the movie "Groundhog day" and perpetuating reality.
This book provides a nice and brief framework for laying out a road map for change.
I found Leadership Transformed a fascinating and worthwhile read. I identified with some of the struggling leaders in the stories Fuda described and laughed at the warts and all accounts of their early attempts to lead. In my opinion, the seven metaphors are an accessible and very effective way to convey just the right amount of leadership theory combined with a practical take on modern philosophy and simple common sense. The practical strategies and approaches described will be equally relevant and helpful whether you work in a large corporate or a small business. As an example, this is the first leadership manual I have read which acknowledges the very real and meaningful role family and friends play as sources of leadership coaching and insight. I suspect this book is one that I will return to frequently.
The use of metaphors to illustrate a leadership development model is a welcome change from the pithy phrases that so many authors use to market their ideas. The metaphors are easy to remember and it's straight-forward to apply the concepts to your experience. And that's about the end of their utility. The metaphors aren't full of content, they're just a handy way to remember that effective leadership requires motivation (fire), is a series of small steps (snowball), requires feedback (coaching) and self-reflection (movie), and is a process that occurs in the context of a larger organization (Russian dolls). Useful but not particularly revolutionary.
A frustrating factor is the complete absence of any commentary on a negative outcome. I understand using the most successful examples to illustrate the concepts, but there is very little discussion of when this approach to leadership transformation failed. There is paragraph or two about the conditions where the model works, but Fuda basically attributes the failure of some clients to become a better leader to their lack of commitment to his program. We have to take him at his word as there is no analysis of why his approach may have worked in one case but not another.
It doesn't help that the different cases are really only differentiated by their name and physical attributes. Almost every leader discussed in the book is suffering from the same problem. They're basically micro-managing jerks who are utterly ignorant of how they're perceived by their team.
If that's your problem, go ahead and read this book. If you're just interested in understanding leadership, skip this marketing material.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book about Leadership Transformation. It focuses on several successful leaders and tells their stories from less than impressive to change agents. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Josh
Interesting insight with use of metaphors and great explanations how they apply but no actual tools were revealed in my opinionPublished 6 months ago by Kenan
my problem with the academic approach is that fuda spends too long fitting stories into elegent metaphors but offers very little practical advicePublished 6 months ago by ramjet
Please, I keep thinking I want to finished my own book about management but when I read this I wonder about how to make that happen with some degree of meaning for others. Read morePublished 16 months ago by James H. Jones
I loved that it's not a step-by-step guide; those never have a profound impact. Fuda's metaphors are great teaching tools and easy to understand.Published 17 months ago by Joe Markley
Dr. Fuda argues leaders have several attributes that propel them and their organization to distinction. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kimble Lewis
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