"People don't want to be managed, they want to be led."
Within the beginning of this book, you'll realize something with new clarity: Managers are a dime a dozen. Most people know or can learn how to manage. But leaders? They're something special - and what they contribute to an organization is what sets it apart from the competition.
Effective leaders make the difference between an organization that succeeds and one that stagnates. Effective leaders make solid decisions, but they take it a step further - they bring the guidance, vision, creativity, and motivation necessary to powerfully execute the decisions. They influence behavior, shape goals, and encourage the best. An influential leader's footprint is forever engraved on a successful organization's heart.
The good news is that you can also learn to be the kind of leader who makes a difference. And this book - written by one of the best - will teach you how.
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Here's the thing...the book itself was not so bad. Lots of cheeky stories, some kind of unbelievable but I could still appreciate the message in them and the overall messages from the book. That being said, the Narrator was without a doubt in my mind, the worst I've ever heard. At times it was downright laughable...he pronounced the PLAIN ENGLISH word 'music' as 'muzak'! Paradigm was para-did-jim...what??? Not just that, the recording quality was crappy. He had weird pauses where he couldn't keep up with the reading or stumbled over words all over the place! How did this guy get to be a narrator? Seriously, how? How?? And not just the narrator...sometimes the volume was high, sometimes low. This really seemed like amateur hour here. I think I would have gotten a lot better benefits from reading the book. Shaking my head.
Anger, frustration, befuddlement
Are you a true leader, or just a manager?
Yes definitely - the narration was easy to listen to, smooth and crisp.
When the author shared with us the story of a mistake that cost a company a half million dollars. He was rightly terrified of telling his boss, and dreaded making the phone call. His boss ended up essentially brushing it off, telling Art he knew that it wouldn’t happen again. To have a leader who believes in you that much, is quite incredible. As Art says “True leaders expect, aid and encourage honest mistakes by their employees. They show employees that honest mistakes are the methods by which we progress.”
No, this is my first
Nothing too extreme - just made me smile and appreciate the fact there are still companies/employers out there who truly respect and value their employees.
My first thought after listening to this book is, how can *I* work for Mr. Coombs? This book is a fantastic resource for pretty much ANY individual in the work force, whether you are low man on the totem pole, or CEO. The author provides us with many examples to back up his theory and belief that people want to be LED, not managed. I appreciated that he shared examples from his own personal life, as well as from various jobs he has held. What resonated most with me was his emphasis on leaders creating an EMOTIONAL connection between themselves and those they lead. I think this is so important, and so NOT the case with many leaders in today’s work force. He mentions how most leaders are concerned with P&L (profit and loss) when they should be focused on P&E (people and empathy). I couldn't agree more!