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Excellent information about what great leadership looks like, but needs some clear action steps.
on December 9, 2015
I bought and read this book for a college leadership class and I did find a lot of useful wisdom out of it.
This book presents the challenge of leadership as a challenge to be a mentally/emotionally healthy person that ends up inspiring others towards that health as well.
I gave it a 3 star because I feel the content of the book is great, but that the presentation of the material could have been better.
It is not at all a difficult book to read and it makes very worthwhile points that if one takes seriously and attempts to apply to his own life, could indeed change everything. Self awareness, social awareness, self-management and relationship management encompass such a wide range of personal development, and they do cover a lot of very worthwhile material here. They present a lot of information in charts and make it easy to outline with take-away messages but there aren't a whole lot of super-clear action steps. For those who are in management, want to get better at it, but are stuck wondering how to get to the marvelous place that is described in this book here, it will be another book that gets read without any resulting change in behavior.
It does cite some academic research and provides quite a bit of information about how brain-function works when it comes to these concepts, but does so in a way that the casual reader won't notice, but also that an academic reader that expects a great deal of citation will find inadequate.
I applaud the fact that they are getting this kind of information out there, and if the reader does do the work of taking the example stories out of this book and truly imagining what can be possible if they achieve such awareness and do practice relating to others with this level of sincerity and care, then you couldn't help but be a fantastic leader of any organization, but there is little about this book that will shake you and make you do so.