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The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership Paperback – March 3, 2009
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"Love generates Energy, inspires Audacity, and require Proof. LEAP, you see, is simply the Extreme Leader's active, dynamic expression of love."
A quick entertaining, and educative read. What I particularly liked about this book is the handbook at the end that summarizes the key concepts and how to apply them on a regular basis.
Below are excerpts that I found particularly insightful:
1- "Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations."
2- "And we follow human beings; we don't follow idealized icones of unattainable perfection."
3- "If I love who we are, and if I love what we can be, then I'll love the process of how we get there. And in order to make it all happen, I will act boldly and courageously and I will, at time, fail magnificently. But my love demands that I try. Demands it."
4- "Relationships in the world of business are won in analogous ways...by paying nearly obsessive attention to the needs, desires, hopes, and aspirations of everyone who touches your business. By knowing not only when to stand firm on principle - there is such a thing as tough love - but also when to sacrifice some of your own short-term needs in order for us all to be successful in the long run. And by proving through your own actions that you really love your business, your customers, your colleagues, and your employees."
5- "Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do."
6- "...management has to stop pretending to be the Great Protector, but the rest of us have to stop askin' and expectin' them to be. We gotta get over the whole idea of 'them,' as a matter of fact. We need to hold ourselves accountable and stop looking to blame 'them' when things go wrong."
7- "You may not think that you can change the Whole World that we live in (and you may be wrong) but you can certainly change the world - small w - that you and yours live in: the world of your company, the world of your employees, the world of your industry, or the world of your family. To deny that is to deny your capability as a human being."
8- "Cultivate Love...Generate Energy...Inspire Audacity...Provide Proof"
Many business books get you to think. This book gets you to think, feel and take action. I can't imagine someone reading this book and not being a better leader for it.
Farber's characters remind us of the kind of leader we aspired to be when we first got into business. It teaches us what we need to do to find that passion and drive again and finally, it pushes us to not just read it...but to do it.
It's a book about leadership, success, and ultimately, it is a book about love.
Not only will you love it...you'll find yourself giving it as a gift to every business person you know. It's that good.
That's an approach to leadership that's as inspiring as it is daring. I wonder how many of us have the courage to follow Farber's way? The Radical Leap requires leaders to have a vision, bare their souls, relish their mistakes, invite risk, challenge conventional wisdom and express love always. Wow.
Farber was smart to write this as a novelette. If he had laid out his ideas in a typical self-help book, they would have sounded pie-in-the-sky. But as Farber relates his own transformation in narrative form, encountering a variety of hiccups along the way, his gives his ideas a concreteness that makes them seem not only realistic, but implementable.
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