I was underwhelmed by the content. The story was overly simplistic and at times a little annoying. This is a good quick read for somebody (young) thinking about going into leadership who has zero experience . Anyone with any time leading people, it is a refresher at best.
Based on the other reviews and endorsements, I ordered and began reading this book with high hopes, which were largely unmet.
Yes, the principles explained in The Leadership Test are good ones. I particularly liked the recommendations, simple and powerful, given in "The Test" portion of the book. Fill your pack, sign your name, share the stage, and others, are useful and memorable. As I applied them to things I've done well and not so well in different roles, they all made sense.
So why the low rating? I found the supporting story to be simplistic and glossy and the main characters, Izzy and Marcus, to be two dimensional and unconvincing. For example, I found nothing in the book to help me understand why Marcus would choose at the end to pass the test by giving back. When I compare this book to one I consider to be great, Gung Ho, it comes up way short. Gung Ho engaged me with its characters and its setting, and drove my interest to learn the principles it was presenting. The Leadership Test did not. So I recommend you borrow a friend's copy, ponder the summary lists on pages 61 and 89--they are worthwhile--and save time by not bothering with the story.
This wonderful "one sitting" read is an absolute must for anyone that is even thinking about adding the term "leader" close to their name. In a delightful story style Timothy Clark weaves a tale that will get you looking very closely at how you "show up" in your world.
The Leadership Test was suggested in a leadership forum as the most important book for a new supervisor. The book is short, to the point, and very powerful. I echo the recommendation as the single most important leadership book.