Joshua Spodek makes a good point in his preface, schools often challenge you intellectually but not socially and emotionally. Research shows the biggest differentiator between average and star performers is their EQ not their IQ. So leaders must often learn on their own. This book can be a great tool in that learning. His analogy to learning to play an instrument is apt: you just have to practice. Spodek provides a series of exercises that lay out what to practice to be an effective leader .