• The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership

  • Embracing the Conflicting Demands of Today's Workplace
  • By: Tim Elmore
  • Narrated by: Tim Elmore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Includes a conversation between Tim Elmore and John Maxwell!

Read by the author.

Become a next-generation leader - rich in emotional and social intelligence and orchestrating outstanding collaborative results - by mastering these eight status quo-shattering paradoxes.

The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership unpacks the fresh strategies and new mindset required today from a next-generation leader. 

Author Dr. Tim Elmore helps leaders of all kinds navigate increasingly complex, rapidly changing environments, as well as manage teams who bring a range of new demands and expectations to the workplace that haven’t been seen even one generation prior.

After working alongside John C. Maxwell for 20 years, Tim offers counterintuitive paradoxes that, when practiced, enable today’s leader to differentiate themselves and better connect with their team and customers. The book furnishes ideas that equip leaders to inspire team members in a way a paycheck never could.

Having trained hundreds of thousands of young professionals to develop into leaders, Dr. Elmore shares the secrets of next-generation leaders who have practiced the unique paradoxes outlined in this book.

In The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership, you will:

  • Learn how today’s team members require a combination of different qualities from their leaders than they did in even the recent past;
  • Grasp the importance of eight key paradoxes that are critical for next-generation leaders to put into practice right now;
  • Be inspired by historic and modern-day leaders who lived the eight paradoxes; and
  • Understand how you too can lead with the eight paradoxes, guiding you to emotional and social intelligence that resonates with your team and leads to outstanding collaborative results.

Accompanying diagram and discussion questions are available in the audiobook companion PDF download. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Tim Elmore (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

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Same Leadership Book Formula, Content and advice

Describing how leaders toggle between seemingly opposing behaviors could effectively illustrate otherwise nuanced concepts - but it wasn't effective here.

If you structure a book around paradoxes, use actual paradoxes. For example, is it really paradoxical for a person to "teach and learn" simultaneously? In another paradox, "leveraging vision and blind spots," Elmore verbally contorts to make blind spots sound positive. "Blind spots provide the ability to try unconventional means to hit targets." Do they?

The book's other problems are common to many business books today.

1. Hackneyed and shallow advice
"If you don't believe in yourself, your people will find it difficult to believe in you."
"Invite outside points of view into the conversation."
"Don't confuse words and actions."
"Learn from mistakes."

2. Overused comparisons & concepts
There must be a law requiring all business book authors to discuss:
-Cortisol and the amygdala
-Mother Theresa and MLK JR
-Lifeboats on the Titanic and 3M's Post-It Notes

Elmore includes all of this well-worn material and frequently rehashes content.. For example, twice he tells us that Martin Luther King Jr. embraced nonviolent protests. We also learn about the amygdala in three different chapters.

Besides the repetition, some of these comparisons get so forced and ham-handed they trivialize critical historical moments. Paraphrasing Elmore, "MLK Jr. was arrested frequently, but on the bright side, he used in time in jail to think about his delegation skills."

Elmore even uses Rudy Giuliani as an aspirational example of how leaders can embody one of his paradoxes. It's time for some new material.

3. Errors and inaccuracies
Finally, there are several bothersome accuracy issues. The anecdotes about Ryne Sandberg and U2 aren't consistent with the facts reported at the time. The details in the U2 example are a little off, but Elmore seems further off on the Sandberg example.

And finally, there are some bizarre observations like this: "Political polarization was fostered by an electorate divided over the first minority president in Barack Obama and the first outsider president in Donald Trump." I'm not sure what that sentence means, but I do know that Trump's "outsider status" wasn't the issue dividing the electorate.

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A definite “must listen”

I love reading Tim Elmore’s books and blog articles and this one didn’t disappoint! In fact, I think the audio version is powerful in ways a book just can’t capture - the emotional “heart” that comes through as Tim Elmore reads his own words - just VERY impactful! Of course, Now I intend to get the book as well - maybe even the Kindle. It’s really a TIMELY book for sure! Well done!

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A Timely Addition to Leadership Thinking

This is a great book for anyone who is involved in leading relationally in medium to large sized corporations but especially to a small organization. The 8 paradoxes represent a roadmap to thinking about relationships in the leadership moment for influencing others to greatness.

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Insight, Perspective, and Heart

Tim put his heart in this book and recording. The content is both timely and timeless, and framed in a way that will positively influence those who are seeking improvement. Tim has a few side bars with the audience to infuse even more of Tim into this playbook for growth minded leaders

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Best leadership book for what we face today

This is the best leadership book I have read in several years. And it is especially pertinent to the world we are facing after navigating a global pandemic that is still radically changing everything. It does not provide black-and-white answers to the very complex questions we are facing. Tim Elmore embraces the nuance and uncertainty of the world and offers fresh insight that is immediately applicable. I have no doubt I will read this book multiple times.

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Surpassed High Expectations

I didn’t realize how much I needed this book. Seldom do I feel so strong a desire to absorb every single chapter of a book. Grateful for these lessons and hopeful to put them into action to the point of making even Tim proud.

Trey Roth

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Excellent Book on Leadership

I loved this book! Elmore makes leadership values and characteristics accessible to all through his applicable tips and relevant stories. I am looking forward to implementing these paradoxes in my own leadership moving forward.

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Book for future leaders

This book is applicable for today's current climate and a good instructional for for people in leadership positions.

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Written leaders and those that aspire to more

A total mind shift! Ability that Tim has to put into words the thoughts that you think I cannot do organize enough is incredible. These Paradoxes that are laid out can change your organization. I’ve gone through two times now and I can’t wait to do it again.

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Timeless principles presented in clear manner

I enjoyed Dr. Elmore’s presentation during Maxwell’s L2L event earlier this year in which he presented a few of the paradoxes was fantastic. All 8 must be even better! It was. Also appreciated that he was the narrator and the off script stories too! Well done.

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  • Ian Jackson
  • 11-27-21

Paradox - We need challenged often

We need challenged often, this is what this book seeks to do, by going back to the root of what we do asking ourself why do I do it this way, is there a better way today.

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  • Trudi Fitzpatrick
  • 04-26-22

A Great Leadership Book

Tim educates and challenges you to thinking & looking at leadership from a new perspective.
I loved to format & column he uses at the end of each chapter to recap.
Well worth the listening- especially the little extras add to the script.
I will now purchase the printed version