As those who have read this blog with any frequency know, the usual way I try to demonstrate good behavior is to show its opposite in some situation, and then dissect what went wrong and discuss how to make it right. I’d like to change that format for this blog and recommend a book that every manager or leader should have as required reading. It is called The Truth About Leadership, and it is one of the best books on the subject I have read in a while.
Why do I like it so much? Simply put, it is simply put. No radical theories here. It is tried and true principles that have proven to drive engagement, energize your followers, and really make an impact on your team, which makes an impact on the company. The authors back this up with decades worth of research, case studies, and testimonials. It is not a system, not a program, and not something you have to pay hundreds of dollars for to implement. The book contains simple, basic truths that anyone from a leader of a project to a CEO can and should follow, if they want to be successful.
Here are some of the radical ideas presented:
- Be truthful in your dealings
- You can’t do it alone, so honor the people helping you
- Reward the good and try to help correct the bad
- It’s not all about you…it’s about your team
- Be bold and be envisioning
- If you don’t have credibility, you won’t have leadership
These principles are presented in a no-nonsense, practical style that makes this both an easy and fascinating read. If you are a new leader of people or a seasoned veteran, you will find the advice in here to be timeless and relevant to your station, no matter what it is.
Simply put, if every manager and leader followed the principles in this book, this blog would not be necessary.