My latest book, It's Good To Be King, just came out last week.
If you read it, it will help you to become a better leader.
If you're a regular reader of my column, you already know that I aim to demystify what many management gurus make complex. This book is no exception. But, it is a departure from my standard fare.
It's Good To Be King, is a leadership fable. In fact, you may want to consider it a bedtime story for modern day leaders. It is intended to be read and enjoyed by all kinds of leaders, including those who lead others in business, their communities, places of worship and volunteer organizations.
At the end of each chapter, I include some highlights (or takeaways) that you can derive from the allegorical story. There are over 60 tips intended to help everyday leaders. Here are just a handful of the kinds of takeaways that you'll find in the book:
1. Leadership makes or breaks every group and organization. Even prosperous enterprises cannot afford to rely on past success to assure enduring achievement.
2. Sometimes the need to lead is thrust upon you. When this happens, you have a choice: rise to the occasion or let someone else take charge and live with the consequences of that decision. Either way, a leadership void will always be filled.
3. Dedicate yourself to being open to learn new things. Sometimes leaders forget how to listen and learn. Don't fall into that trap. You don't have to have all of the answers all of the time.
4. Welcome those who can coach and teach. Even world-class athletes have coaches. Surround yourself with people who can make you better. Stated another way, accept your Yoda!
5. A foolish student laughs at knowledge. Begin to look backwards to inform your outlook for the future.
6. Gain a full understanding of where your organization or group is today and how it got there, so that you can define a path forward that is right for the current situation.
7. Leadership styles don't discriminate. Poor leaders come in many shapes and sizes. Regardless of appearance, a poor leader will wreak havoc on any group or organization of which they are allowed to lead.
8. Deceitful leaders will destroy all trust within an enterprise or group. Once trust deteriorates, the culture becomes cut-throat as each team member begins to only focus on their own selfish interests.
9. Narcissistic leaders will ruin any esprit de corps that exists within a group. When the sense that we're all "in this together" disappears, the best, most capable staff members begin to disappear, too.
10. The most talented among us want to be part of a team that shares the wealth. Be sure to the kind of leader that shares credit and promotes their team.
To close, this is just a small taste of the kinds of stuff that you'll get out of the fable that underpins the book. If you lead others, in any capacity, you will get something out of the book. It's an easy and enjoyable read - one that I hope delights and enlightens. If you do grab a copy, please let me know what you think of it. Your feedback is sure to inform what I write about here.