Over the years I’ve read a wide assortment of leadership books and I’ve certainly learned from each and every one of them. But every now and then, you pick up a leadership book and something about it just grabs you and won’t let go. You find yourself drinking in knowledge and ideas and become totally absorbed in the author’s message. Such is the case with Jeffrey Gitomer‘s LITTLE BOOK OF LEADERSHIP. I am very passionate about leadership and therefore passionate about books on leadership, but it’s been a long time since I’ve held a book that captured my interest like this one has. I’ve also read several books by Gitomer and he always manages to capture my interest, but this one even exceeded my expectations. I think this is the best work he has put out in quite some time.
This is really a leadership training manual. If you were tasked with training a new leader, you could literally use this as a textbook. There are 13 chapters (okay, 12.5 chapters), but the book will grab your attention even before you get to the actual chapters. The intro itself contains insight on how best to use the book, defining leadership and how to define your role as leader and the forward by Doc Hershey that explains situational leadership and the four quadrants and bell curve.
I’m sure some critics will belittle the fact that Gitomer uses this book to encourage readers to buy some of his other books, such as the Little Gold Book of Yes Attitude. Personally, I have no issue with this tactic, especially in this context. You see, the “Yes Attitude” is a subchapter in Chapter 2 on Mental Leadership, so why wouldn’t he offer a resource for you to use for further development?
Those familiar with Gitomer’s books will recognize the familiar formatting, different and unique and I must admit, not readily accepted by all readers. The first Gitomer book I ever read almost drove me crazy with the formatting, but once I got used to it, it all started to make sense. You’ll find the same thing here, links to more information and other online resources, a liberal disbursement of quotes, self evaluations and numbered lists. Also each chapter and subchapter concludes with 2 major elements; Key Points of Understanding and Key Action to Take.
I’ve just about worn out a mechanical pencil underlining and making margin notes. You’re going to find an incredible amount of information here that you will want to put to work for you. We all want to become the best leader we can possibly be. This book will help to become just that. Make this the next priority on your reading list.
***As a side note, Jeffrey Gitomer is holding a leadership training seminar in San Marcos, Texas on November 17th & 18th. Got to www.gitomer.com for a full seminar schedule. I hope to see you there!
Monty Rainey is a District Manager with over 14 years in the self storage industry currently overseeing 21 stores in the Austin & San Antonio, TX area. He is also a leadership coach and public speaker. For a free consultation, please contact Monty at 830-743-2139 or visit his website at http://www.montyrainey.com .