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5.0 out of 5 starsLeaders and Aspiring Leaders: this book needs be part of your arsenal
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
I had the privilege of hearing Ms. Meeks speak at a local event in Columbus and then the honor of getting to know her after that event. Her book - and more importantly the principles taught in it - have changed the way I lead my teams and how I interact with the leaders above me. The concept of GRACIOUS leadership is something that is not always present in corporate America, and that is why this book is so very important. Ms. Meeks lays out specific steps and principles that all gracious leaders should encompass and she weaves her own personal stories throughout the lessons. This book is refreshing, honest, practical and a must read for all leaders and emerging leaders.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Beautiful Must-Read for All Leaders who Value Respect, Integrity & Accountability
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2019
Gracious Leadership chronicles the lessons and experiences of Janet Smith Meeks' journey to becoming a transformational leader and mentor in the corporate world. Many of the lessons and experiences that she chronicles in Gracious Leadership are things that I learned firsthand from her in the six years that I had the privilege of working with her. What a gift she has given in writing this book so that others can learn from her and benefit from her immense wisdom and experiences. The book is beautifully written and a quick read. The concepts presented are simple yet profound and presented to the readers in a delightfully uncomplicated way through the telling of real-life examples and by providing actionable tips in how to apply the lessons learned. Any leader who is looking to build and nurture a culture within their organization or team based upon respect AND accountability needs to read Gracious Leadership.
5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome read for anyone looking to do a book club!
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2019
After having the pleasure of hearing the author speak at an event, a group of us from our office knew we wanted more on the topic of Gracious Leadership, and we also wanted the opportunity to broaden the conversation with our coworkers. In the months that followed, we all started out on Janet's path of leadership, and we would gather together to exchange thoughts, recall her stories within, and just have an open, much-needed discussion. Topics like the "head-heart connection", "listening with purpose and responding with care", as well as her approach to best "empower a culture which welcomes continuous improvement", kept us coming back for more each month. A wonderful and fast read, even for those who aren't avid readers or don't feel they have the time. I highly recommend incorporating Gracious Leadership into your discussions both in the office and home.
5.0 out of 5 starsGracious Leadership - Actionable Steps for Implementing Great Leadership in Your Life!
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2018
I have read many books on leadership, but I found Gracious Leadership to be written with great honesty and simplicity. It provides clear and concise actionable steps to help one lead with a new purpose. Each chapter ends with a series of insightful questions to discuss with your team and/or colleagues. I highly recommend this book to all C-Level leaders, managers, aspiring managers and every MBA student. Our workplaces, houses of worship, homes, society, and especially the halls and chambers of our local, state, and national governments need to read, learn, follow, and execute all thirteen “Key Ingredients”. Janet Smith Meeks has really hit the mark describing the traits and characteristics of Gracious Leadership, and more importantly the benefits to an organization and individuals through leading with a true servant mentality. As Ms. Meeks quotes from SAS CEO James Goodknight, “Treat people like they make a difference and they will.” The need for Gracious Leadership is now and it is critical! It is time to step up and "Lead like we've never led before."
5.0 out of 5 starsLeading with a Head to Heart Connection
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2019
In Janet's own words, "It is through the Head-Heart Connection that employees derive true fulfillment from their work. The Head-Heart Connection leads employees to develop pride in what they do every day, become loyal to their employers, and feel passionate about serving the organization's customers in an extraordinary manner." I have witnessed Janet's Head - Heart Connection in real life. This leader does not just talk the talk, she actually lives the talk! The Head -Heart Connection can be applied to business and personal life situations. I have been blessed to witness her leadership skills firsthand and feel privileged to have been a part of her team.
5.0 out of 5 starsYour Employees Deserve and Desire Gracious Leadership!
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018
Gracious Leadership by Janet Smith Meeks, is a get to the essence of what it takes to lead with a real foundational truth by which to build your organization; one positive personal firsthand lived by example books and might I say, guides, for any manager and most assuredly, any C-Suitor who seeks an impactful roadmap to lasting meaningful change. Be brave--buy the book and just do it! Healthcare Organizations today are dessert lands in need of these fresh waters. Employees deserve and desire Gracious Leadership!
5.0 out of 5 starsThank, Act, Communicate Action , and Thank Again
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2019
Janet Meeks' Gracious Leadership book has been life changing at UNC. We used the book as part of a customized training module for our leaders in several departments. We needed the leaders to lead differently, and this book was an excellent resource. I continue to suggest the book to other groups at UNC that I support. I appreciate Janet, and her book was so timely for UNC and our needs. S. Davis