Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book Review - The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do

The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do
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About the Book
In this new edition of their classic business fable, Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller get at the heart of what makes a leader successful. Newly promoted but struggling young executive Debbie Brewster asks her mentor the one question she desperately needs answered: “What is the secret of great leaders?” His reply—“great leaders serve”—flummoxes her, but over time he reveals the five fundamental ways that leaders succeed through service. Along the way she learns:

  • Why great leaders seem preoccupied with the future
  • How people on the team ultimately determine your success or failure
  • What three arenas require continuous improvement
  • Why true success in leadership has two essential components
  • How to knowingly strengthen—or unwittingly destroy—leadership credibility

The tenth anniversary edition includes a leadership self-assessment so readers can measure to what extent they lead by serving and where they can improve. The authors also have added answers to the most frequently asked questions about how to apply the SERVE model in the real world.

As practical as it is uplifting, The Secret shares Blanchard’s and Miller’s wisdom about leadership in a form that anyone can easily understand and implement. This book will benefit not only those who read it but also the people who look to them for guidance and the organizations they serve.

My Take on the Book
I had never read this book in the past but I have always been very impressed by the writing and teachings by Ken Blanchard so when I saw this I had to read it. I was surprised to see that this was a new edition of a book that had been around for a long time, but after reading it I see why it has been around for as long as it has.

The book itself is full of amazing insights into leaders and what they do to be great. I liked how easy the book was to read and understand, and at the same time, how practical the tips were to implement for yourself. The book offers some interesting self-assessment tools that make you really think deeply about yourself and your own leadership skills and potential, while making you then take this knowledge to the next level, making it your own.

I really appreciated how the book is working to empower everyone, as the authors see the leadership potential in all. This book is written to help everyone and you can tell, or at least I could tell, that you are given some amazing resources and kernels of information and truth that you can use in your own professional growth.

I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to grow as a leader and as a professional!

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