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Superb: A Tough Love Approach to Leadership Integrity
on January 27, 2013
I've read and recommended dozens of leadership, ethics, and emotional intelligence books to students with whom I facilitate a leadership development curriculum at an agency of the Department of Defense. This is, by far, the most cogent, compelling, and truthful book I've read in quite some time.
Unlike "Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations," which is also highly recommended, Morler's book takes much more of a tough love approach to values, integrity, ethics, and emotions. And, for some of the hard-bitten, battle-scarred (literally) students in my courses, Morler's book is easier to absorb.
One of Morler's more in-your-face approaches to integrity has to do with the emotional maturity of students/learners in organizations. His idea is that if students aren't at the level of emotional maturity required to ensure that the learning "sticks," then the training will be wasted--and much training in organizations is certainly wasted because of students who poison the well or are otherwise uncommitted. Morler says, "Unfortunately, there is often little correlation between who is selected for training and the selectee's level of emotional security," and "When maturity level is the primary--but not exclusive--consideration, management succeeds in developing well-rounded, responsible people providing a sound, long-term organizational foundation."
And lastly, Morler provides plenty of "how-to" and not just more hand-wringing about what the challenges are.