While I am not normally one for sending a blog post as it is, given they often are far too subjective and partly form a pitch to sell the authors services or book, in this instance however, I would like to share this in its entirety.
Why? Well I think the post itself, plus critically all the comments that follow, demonstrate the frustration many of us face with the plethora of so-called Management and Leadership books, knowing many are not all they are cracked up to be.
While I read perhaps far more of these types of books than the average person, it has at least given me a sense of what might be going on and I too realise how many are sheer re-hashed ideas, that others, decades previously already have implemented, and worse just a way for the newest author to grandstand themselves.
However, the real point about all the many publications that come your way is not so much that they provide the one right answer, but critically if you apply your own analytical skills, discerning the aspects that seem applicable in your own circumstances and ensure the actions are within the bounds of your own abilities, then there are ideas and suggestions we could all use.
The main point I suppose I want to suggest is that there is no one right answer to what makes a great leader and 'how to do it', but more a blend founded on the critical skills of reflection, cross-referencing your ideas with those of others and taking honest feedback (from a coach or trusted colleague) while knowing it is you and you alone that lives out the actions that follows and their consequences.
Enjoy the read – and the comments!