I was given this book to review by the publisher. To be completely honest, I don’t think I’m the target audience for this book since I am not presently in a leadership position. However, I still got some great takeaways from the book, and I think it would really be beneficial for my friends and family who are in leadership roles. This will definitely be a book that I recommend!
One of the great points that McKeown makes in this book is about how leadership is not an inherent skill, a “soft” skill, that it can be developed like any kind of skill that requires practice and training. And this book reads like a workout regimen to develop or hone leadership skills.
Each chapter builds on the next one. He describes the benefits, the why, of each step, acknowledges the obstacles, and gives points of action before moving on to the next step. Each chapter includes a summary, things to try, and a link to a video summary of the chapter which is helpful to further understand the process. Toward the end of the book is a workbook that engages the reader to spend 15 weeks developing, step by step, everything learned in the book.
It talks about putting habits and rituals into your own life that help you remain engaged in a healthy way. And even though I don’t lead a team, I definitely learned a few things on how to strengthen interpersonal relationships and my own individual development.
But it wasn’t just about the individual. It was about how to develop a team-thinking mentality, how to create an environment that encourages accountability, provides direction and helps teammates see each other as people to uplift and support.
Honestly, it made me want to start a team. It was inspiring and motivating and engaging. So no matter how long you have been leading a team, this book is a great resource, something that can be used over and over again. The book will be released on January 28, but pre-order is open now at the link above!
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