Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Leaders Open Doors

Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review - Leaders Open Doors

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Leaders Open Doors by Bill Treasurer

About the Book
Leadership is the most overanalyzed, thoroughly dissected, and utterly confused topic in business. In Leaders Open Doors , author Bill Treasurer helps lighten the leadership load by distilling that leaders are simply creators of opportunity for others. Using personal stories and anecdotes, Treasurer presents the idea of open-door leadership–that is, the responsibility that leaders have for noticing, identifying, and creating opportunities for the benefit of people, organizations, and society. Each chapter includes useful and specific tips that can immediately be put into practice. Drawing on two decades of consulting experience, Treasurer introduces six unique opportunity doors:

  • the proving-ground door
  • the thought-shifting door
  • the door to a second chance
  • the doors you open for others
  • the door to personal transformation
  • the door to your open heart

Treasurer shows that leadership isn’t a complex and abstract concept. It’s a set of practices and ideals passed from one person to another, across organizations and generations. It is a tradition that makes people’s lives better by opening doors of opportunities for them to thrive, achieve, and lead.

About the Author
Bill Treasurer is the Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a courage-building company that exists to help people and organizations be more courageous. He is largely regarded as the originator of the new organizational development practice of courage-building, a concept that was introduced in his internationally bestselling book Courage Goes to Work.

Bill is the author of Leaders Open Doors s, a simplified approach to leadership that emphasizes the importance of leaders as opportunity-creators.

Bill's is the creator of Courageous Leadership: A Program for Using Courage to Transform the Workplace Participant Workbook. The comprehensive off-the-shelf courage-building training program, published by Pfeiffer, has been taught on four continents in eight countries since being published in 2011.

Bill's first book, Right Risk is about how to take smart risks, and draws on Treasurer's experiences as both an organizational development professional and as a daredevil athlete.

Bill Treasurer also served as the chief editor of POSITIVELY M.A.D. (Making A Difference) (Berrett-Koehler, 2004). The book is a compilation of stories, from world- renowned experts, that inspires readers to make a difference in their organizations. Gannett newspapers called it "required reading for all employees contemplating putting a co-worker's tie through the shredder -- with the co-worker still attached."

Bill's insights have been featured in over 100 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The NY Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and Investor's Business Daily. Bill's insights have also appeared in such magazines as Leader-to-Leader, Woman's Day, Parent, Redbook, Fitness, American Way, and The Harvard Management Update.

Since 1991 Bill has conducted over 500 corporate workshops designed to strengthen people's leadership skills, improve team performance, accelerate innovatio
n, and help executives behave more courageously. Among his clients are Accenture, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, SPANX, Walsh Construction, Hugo Boss, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Veteran's Administration.

Bill lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife Shannon and their three children, Bina, Alex, and Ian.


My Take on the Book
I have read many leadership books in the past, for both myself and for my work. When I read these I not only am looking for great content but also practicality and this book offers both. Though this book was short in pages, what you get within the pages are amazing. As I was reading I could see so many parallels in what I try to do on a daily basis, but also saw many things that I could implement in my personal and professional life that could definitely change me and the people around me for the better. I love how the author works to empower others through his strategies and uses humor and stories to allow his reader to relate with what he is sharing. The book is one that I found to be totally engrossing and I found myself reading straight through, which is always a good sign of a strong book in my perspective. Even though I read this in one sitting, I have already started to re-read this as I know that I will take in so much more on the second read. If you are looking for a book that will make you reconsider your own leadership strategies, look no further than reading this!

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