Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits For Increasing Trust, Joy, and Engagement in the People You Lead by Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review.
There are many "leadership" how-to books, aren't there? I can't keep up with them all, but sometimes one will stand out. When I got my hands on this one, I started in ... and kept reading. The book begins with a current hot trend: the influence of brain science on how we perceive and improve skills and relationships.

Warner and Wilder use research into the mind to explore ways that healthy leaders function. The authors focus on four aspects of sound leadership:

R: Be relational: life is not just about completing tasks
A: Act like the person God created you to be
R: Respond from a place of joy rather than fear
E: Endurance through good and bad times models leadership

I especially appreciated the practicality of the information and the insistence that leadership develops in community. Each chapter ends with reflections, questions, and actions. I intend to study this book with a cohort of leaders.

Highly recommended as a new facet of leadership understanding and development.

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