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Many books on leadership are dry and theoretical. This one is different. It comes from the experience of a lifetime of leadership from a special man, Jonathan Perks. His understanding of leadership isn't learned from a book, although he is very well informed about theories of leadership. It comes from his earliest experiences with his father and has been honed in the crucibles of army life and business. What Jonathan has to say about leadership is from his heart as well as his head. It is about what leaders need to 'be' as well as what they need to 'do'. That's what makes it so succulent and practically useful.
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As the author says early on, ‘what really matters is how people show up in life.’ This audio book explicitly outlines what the reader needs to do in order to ‘become more effective with other people with less effort.’
Perks introduces a very convincing leadership model and describes it authentically to the listener.
Each chapter is rich with stories, examples and advice gained from personal experience. ‘Unfortunately,’ says Perks ‘most of us take much longer to become wise than we do to become old’. In my view, this book is the guide to becoming wise for people who cannot wait that long.
He introduces many helpful techniques for a leader to use. As a professional expedition leader I have found myself using these. For example 3 questions I now carry whilst I am working with groups: Am I inspired? Am I creating an inspiring environment for others? Am I truly enabling others to release their full potential? Simple, I know, but for a leader in the moment, also effective.
Perks reads this book with humility and authenticity and I recommend it to anyone who is interested by the subject.
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