What is ethical leadership? Is there a difference between leadership vs management? What is strategic leadership? What is the most effective leadership philosophy? Do you wish your company had leadership coaching and leadership courses, or are you frustrated with executive leadership? Do you long for more participative leadership? You are not alone.
So why does leadership suck?
It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here. Servant leadership or Level 5 leadership is uncomfortable, humbling, self-denying, painful, and counterintuitive; nonetheless, participative leadership is the only kind of leadership that brings lasting results, genuine happiness, and true self-fulfillment.
The book is divided into four parts:
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Stan Lee is often credited with the statement, “With great power comes great responsibility.” “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” said Shakespeare in Henry IV Part II. Either statement is perhaps an apt synopsis of the book, “Why Leadership Sucks: The Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership.” The book does an excellent job of detailing the price, the frustrations, the rewards, and the responsibilities that go with leadership.
Far from an aggressive battle cry, the author creates a thoughtful portrait of what it truly takes to be a leader and why the big corner office may in fact be the last place you want to be. He also paints an honest picture of the rewards of leadership as he interweaves the key suggestions of numerous other popular-press management books and adds insights based upon Christian theology. To his credit, the author takes pains to carefully cite his source material, and near the end of the book he even lists his sources and suggests additional readings.
Some might be tempted to criticize this eclecticism of influences as derivative. However, here the combination works. Plus, in only a little over four and a half hours, you can gain the key insights of more than 30 hours of books. I know. I’ve listened to or read the majority of his source material previously.
Appropriate to the tone of the material, the author/narrator does not employ a forceful motivational speaker tone. This is not to say he will put you to sleep, but this is not the audiobook to keep you pumped up for a long drive.
All in all, this audiobook is a good choice for the aspiring executive, or the proven one, looking for an efficient way to gain the key insights of much of the current popular-press management literature. It’s worth the time.
Mr. Smith’s book is an excellent synthesis of existing popular management books ranging from classics like “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” to more recent works such as “Blue Ocean Strategy.” There is no groundbreaking information presented, with many of the works mentioned as required reading in many MBA programs. However, this audiobook is a good review of basic communication concepts that many forget after B-school. Right from the start, this book contains a very heavy, explicit religious bent throughout that may be off-putting to many readers. Laced with bible verses and references to “ultimate” rewards for being a good leader/manager, Mr. Smith implies a very particular and narrow moral high ground for many of the expressed opinions and practices.
The stand-out quality of this book is its fantastic production and excellent narration by the author.
I would not read this book again. However, it is not because it is not good. It is a good intro book for those who have never read a book on leadership. The leadership beliefs of the author are in line with common leadership gurus like John Maxwell. If you are looking to begin the process of reading about the collective theories on leadership, this is a great place to start.
The book starts out very cogent with master themes about leadership. It ends with "campfire stories" as one reviewer put it. So, you have to reorient your expectations towards the end of the book as multiple short stories and allegories about leadership. All good nuggets of wisdom.
He puts himself out there and is very transparent in his own journey through learning these principles. By no means does he make you think "he has arrived" and you are not as great as him.
If you are a person heading into your first middle management job: director or even vice president, this is a great place to start for you. If you are heading to the executive suite, this book may contain principles you have already read before.
Miles Smith interweaves personal introspection with the wisdom from great leaders in order to urge each of us to do better at work and at home. This is not a photoshopped picture of leadership. It is genuine. It is direct and honest.
Many leadership books are only applicable to people already in an official business position. This book understands that everyone is a leader on some level. It can help improve our caliber of leadership while better understanding the strengths and/or weaknesses of those leading us.
Miles shares his book as if he were sharing campfire stories about leadership with his friends. Some triumphant tales - some ghost stories - all useful to anyone wanting to be a better leader.
This book, like most religious works, is a list of should's and ought's without much "how when it's tough." I have no problem with the author or his message. I would appreciate packaging that clearly presents this as being a work based on one man's faith and not research.
Warned those who have had enough Bible for one lifetime that there are more references to Jesus than Buffett (or anyone else).
James Earl Jones
I'm not the target audience. I respect deeply religious people who take their cue's from Jesus and the Bible. For those of us looking for different leadership role models, help save our time and money focusing on different courses.
I respect everyone's beliefs and am 100% OK with anything Mr. Smith wants to believe. I would appreciate if Audible.com would classify this as religious and not business because there is more applicable to salvation than servant leadership.
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