I believe this is the fifth book review I have done for one of Mark Miller‘s “short and sweet” leadership titles. While the perspective and the details shift from book to book, the universe which Mark shares with us remains consistently reality-based and believable.
This time around, a leader once again faces significant personal challenges, at the same time as they are tasked with the responsibility for creating a leadership culture in an organization. The premise is compelling and I was reminded once again of the role of compassion in the workplace, especially since we have started to focus more and more on the diverse personalities we find in our workplaces, each with their own stories and their own personal and professional challenges.
As in life, everyone does not use the same approach or come to the same conclusions, other than a few shining principles featured toward the end of this short book. Actually, we notice regularly throughout that everyone does not have to and should not agree to the same approaches or tools. We are different from each other in many ways, and each person has to decide the ways that work best for them.
As always, Mark uses narrative style to effectively describe both people, places, and processes. I have not always been a strong fan of narrative style, but Mark is steadily making a believer out of me. He manages to pack quite a bit of learning and thought-provoking activity into each short chapter. A few examples of his pithy and direct phrasing are also sprinkled around this post.
My personal favorite section was the slow uncovering of the essential principles from the primary character’s exploration of effective leadership development at several different workplaces. Rather than jump directly into the final list, we see the “messier” work of a group of intelligent people grappling with how best to organize their learning and convey the core of that learning to others in a clear, simple, and effective way.
This is how real teams create outcomes, but many leadership books tend to treat this part of leadership like a miracle … the finished statements just magically appear. Not so in Mark’s book and we are the better for it.
I could say many other positive things about Leaders Made Here, but at this point, you get my message: This is another in a hopefully never-ending series of short and easy-to-read leadership books that brings great value in an attractive and engaging fashion.
Don’t believe me? Read the book and draw your own conclusions … I’ll wait:)
Disclaimer: I have received a copy of this book for promotion, just like all the other times. I have also purchased extra copies to distribute to others, just like all the other times.
ABOUT MARK MILLER (from his website)
Mark Miller began writing over decade ago when he teamed up with Ken Blanchard on The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. In 2011, he released The Secret of Teams, outlining the key principles that enable some teams to outperform the all the rest. Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life came next in 2012, followed by The Heart of Leadership in October 2013, the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Secret in September 2014, and Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game in April 2016.
This spring, his latest book, Leaders Made Here, tackles the issue of creating a leadership culture in a company. Readers will again follow Blake as he encounters some of his greatest challenges yet — making sure he is growing leaders who can take the company into the future. With more than 700,000 books in print, Mark has been surprised by the response and delighted to serve leaders through his writing.
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