Leadership is a hot topic, as more and more books are available on the subject than ever before. The single keyword leadership offers up more than 640 million search results on Google alone, and via the Internet we can access leadership courses (like mine on Udemy.com) and online information more quickly and easily than ever before. Yet we have a severe lack of leadership in most areas of government, business, and even nonprofit organizations.
So why is that? It is a lack of follow-through, plain and simple. This book is about putting what we learn into practice, and that is a hallmark of leadership fundamentals. Whenever we feel frustrated or life seems to be spinning out of control, we need to get back to the basics of why we're living. Is it based on the fundamentals of living a selfless life as a service-minded person?
"Life and people aren't out to get you, but your approach to life and approach to people are."
We can get so distracted by things in life that we forget about what is seminally true. It is always about the fundamentals in work, life, sports, faith, and relationships. We can easily allow ourselves to become distracted by all kinds of things that really don't matter, and most of the time a return to the fundamentals brings us back into balance and peace in our lives.
The book is divided into four parts:
Part 1: To serve or not to serve. The choice is indeed a tough one.
Part 2: Leggo my ego. Addresses the challenge of needing an ego to lead but having that harnessed so it is not unwieldy.
Part 3: The danger of persona non grata. You don't want to be the unwelcome person, do you?
Part 4: Fierce competition steamrolls ahead. Organization competition is heating up and shows no signs of slowing. Will you ride the wave or be pulled under by the currents?
To discover why servant leadership is frustrating and learn practical principles for your leadership journey, listen to a sample or purchase Why Leadership Sucks, Volume 2 now.
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Leadership with a Christian twist
I really enjoy reading self help books that answer the question: Why should you change in addition to explaining How you should change.
This book not only helped me to understand how to be a better leader, but also a better employee or servant. I really appreciated how Miles Anthony Smith tied servant leader to the service leadership of Jesus Christ. After reading devotionals or attending mass, I often wonder how to live more fully as a Christian, Leading by serving is a wonderful way--funny I never thought of it before!
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
- Shoshana Franck
Miles knows what he is talking about!
Why Leadership Sucks, Volume 2 is FULL of great guidance to new and veteran leaders. Some of it articulated things I suspected already. Some challenged me to stretch, grow, and change. All of it is well thought out and clearly presented.
Near the end of "Chapter 14: Courteous Communication", Miles writes: "If you won’t tell somebody upfront what the budget for a particular project you’re asking them to complete is, you have no business asking them what their product or service or project is going to cost. You owe it to them to tell them upfront what you think you can afford, and then they will find a way to work within that amount."
I couldn't have said it better myself!! I have experienced two kinds of clients. Those who tell me their budget up front, and those that ask me what I charge. The producers who open with their ideal audio post budget, as Miles suggests, tend to be easier to work with overall. I think it is because they are more transparent about all of their expectations. Sometimes I can work within their numbers, sometimes I point them to someone who can, and sometimes we have a conversation about realistic expectations that ends up building a two-way foundation of trust, even if I don't get to work on that particular project at all.
Be generous. Act now.
- N Ashton