The Messy Truth About Leading People
"This leadership book needs a sequel! A brilliant mix of storytelling and leadership theory, I couldn't put the book down. The development of the central character throughout his career resonated with the challenges I have faced and continue to face."
- real review
If you lead people,
trust me, you’re going to want to read this.
We wrote this book because we saw a need to fill the gap between what is taught in the classroom and what happens in real life experiences. What we observed boils down to three truths about effective leaders.
- They have deep self-awareness and do the hard work of personal growth
- They understand human beings: emotions, thought patterns, motivations
- They connect in meaningful ways with others and invest in those relationships
“The best outcomes occur within the collective rather than alone.”
“Letting an organization or popular thinking pressure you to lose your compassion, your moral compass or your core self rarely ends well.”
“Power and status can be useful tools but without effective collaboration they can be destructive.”
“Your role models ought to be those who succeeded in spite of the odds stacked against them. Not the ones who skated to the top.”
“On a team without shitheads, great stuff can happen.”
“Ignore words like culture, innovation, transformation, strategy. They are just MBA lingo for working well together to get shit done.”