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August 24, 2015 / subramanyam

Great Leaders GROW

Blake’s dad was a great leader.  Blake wanted to emulate him.  Blake was very happy when his dad told him that he too had  it in him to become a great leader.  Alas, his father dies soon and Blake doesn’t have any guidance anymore.  What happened to him after that ? Did he ever become the great leader he wanted be ?  Well that’s the story of Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller’s book “Great Leader GROW” . Here is the blurb of the book.

Successful leaders don’t rest on their laurels. Leadership must be a living process, not a title on a business card, and lifegreat-leaders-grow-book-cover1 means growth. As Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller write in the introduction, “the path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth.… Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple.” Great Leaders Grow shows leaders and aspiring leaders precisely which areas to focus on so they can remain effective throughout their lives.

As the book opens, Debbie Brewster, an accomplished leader herself, becomes a mentor to Blake, her late mentor’s son, as he begins his career. Debbie tells Blake, “How well you and I serve will be determined by the decision to grow or not. Will you be a leader who is always ready to face the next challenge? Or will you be a leader who tries to apply yesterday’s solutions to today’s problems? The latter will ultimately fail. The difference: the decision to grow. And not a short-term decision but a decision to grow throughout your career and throughout your life. This single decision is a game changer for leaders.”

Over the next several weeks Debbie reveals what this means in practical terms. She and Blake explore four ways that leaders must continue to grow, both on the job and off, because who you are as a leader is inextricably connected to who you are as a person. Whether you’re a CEO or an entry-level employee, you’ll be inspired to reflect on your own life and to design your own unique long-term growth plan, leading to not only continuing professional success but personal fulfillment as well.

What did I like in the book ? 

The author uses the story to tell us some great lessons about leadership and Great Leaders.  There is an acronym for the word GROW. So it actually would have been G.R.O.W.  (Not revealing  what it means as it would be a kill joy).  The advice is very practical and doable.  That perhaps is the USP of the book.

The book is short in length and is fast paced.  This is one of the books that you read on a 3-4 hour journey.  It is short and very straight to the point.  It starts from the scratch and  takes us through the Leadership tips one after the other. It covers areas like recruitment ,mentoring , comradeship etc … A very informative and  educative book. Every concept that is presented is also illustrated.  I mean we see the characters doing that stuff in the book. That way we learn more and carry the learnings with us. Every penny you spend buying it and every moment you spend reading it are well rewarded.

 I would recommend the book to anyone who aspires to be a leader.

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