Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - A Leadership Kick in the Ass

Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Review - A Leadership Kick in the Ass

A Leadership Kick in the Ass: How to Learn from Rough Landings, Blunders, and Missteps

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About the Book
“This is one of the most unique and valuable books you will read all year, and I highly recommend it.”
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling and award-winning The Leadership Challenge and Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Even the best leaders—in fact, most of the best leaders—start out as decidedly bad ones. And sooner or later they reach a moment of reckoning that leadership expert Bill Treasurer calls the leadership kick in the ass. When it happens, it feels like it's all over. But Treasurer says that with the right attitude, that kick can be a new beginning. Based on his work with thousands of leaders, this book reveals how to turn those ego-bruising events into the kind of transformative experiences that mark the paths of great leaders. As Steve Jobs famously said, “Getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to me.” This book is a survival guide, coach, and morale booster to help you use that kick to move forward instead of fall down. If you succeed, the next place you get kicked might be upstairs.

My Take on the Book
I love getting surprised when I read leadership based books and Bill Treasurer's Book does an amazing job at making you look at leadership in a whole new way. The author holds nothing back and allows you to see leadership in it' raw state. He uses powerful examples that will show mistakes and wins. The book is written well, in a way that truly educates, yet also entertains throughout. Though I have read many leadership books I found that this was a book that made me want to take notes.  Many of the notes came from the slap in your face leadership moments that were shared in the book. Some are funny but all are poignant. This is a great book that you will be talking about for years to come!

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