As you can see from the pictures I have included this book got the juices flowing. There is not a page in the book without notes.
I am a software architect by choice, and an enterprise architect by title. I like patterns and authors that can communicate them clearly so they can become a common language with my team and the IT community in general.
Patterns are not new knowledge. They are something that has repeatedly succeeded and are worth recording to teach others and create a common language.
That is the way I see this book. There is no new knowledge in it. The knowledge has just been assembled and explained in a way that helps the reader turn the knowledge into wisdom.
This book is clear, clean, and very well laid out. It is one of the best books I have read in years. It takes the core of leadership and presents it in the clearest way possible.
If you are interested in true leadership, start hear. No matter what path you take in your quest to become a 'real' leader, if that is what you want, you will end up needing to know everything in this book.
You can go out are read 100 other books, attend seminar after seminar, and fall on your face 1000 times, before you arrive here, or you can just start here.