Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Hacking Leadership

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review - Hacking Leadership

Hacking Leadership
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About the Book
Hacking Leadership is Mike Myatt's latest leadership book written for leaders at every level. Leadership isn't broken, but how it's currently being practiced certainly is. Everyone has blind spots. The purpose of Hacking Leadership is to equip leaders at every level with an actionable framework to identify blind spots and close leadership gaps. The bulk of the book is based on actionable, topical leadership and management hacks to bridge eleven gaps every business needs to cross in order to create a culture of leadership: leadership, purpose, future, mediocrity, culture, talent, knowledge, innovation, expectation, complexity, and failure. Each chapter:

  • Gives readers specific techniques to identify, understand, and most importantly, implement individual, team and organizational leadership hacks.
  • Addresses blind spots and leverage points most leaders and managers haven’t thought about, which left unaddressed, will adversely impact growth, development, and performance. All leaders have blind-spots (gaps), which often go undetected for years or decades, and sadly, even when identified the methods for dealing with them are outdated and ineffective – they need to be hacked.
  • Showcases case studies from the author’s consulting practice, serving as a confidant with more than 150 public company CEOs. Some of those corporate clients include: AT&T, Bank of America, Deloitte, EMC, Humana, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, and other leading global brands.

Hacking Leadership offers a fresh perspective that makes it easy for leaders to create a roadmap to identify, refine, develop, and achieve their leadership potential--and to create a more effective business that is financially solvent and professionally desirable.

My Take on the Book
I enjoy reading books about leadership and finding ways to incorporate the learning into my own life as well as into the lives of the students I work with on a daily basis. Mike Myatt has written a book that not only is practical in nature, but also pragmatic as well. This is a type of book that you will be able to pick up time and time again and find something new within it.

Mr. Myatt also has written this book in such a way that you can easily follow his ideas/principles to make changes within your own life to become a more successful and efficient leader. The concepts that he shares are ones that can be replicated in any context in my opinion, which for me, makes the book even more valuable.

I loved the practical examples that he shares, and through these examples you not only see why he is an expert at what he does, but also why you should listen and learn from him.

While the book is dense and has a lot to share, you will find yourself re-reading sections to not only better understand the concepts, but also to soak in the meaning that is being shared so that you can internalize it better too.

This was a great book that anyone wanting to gain valuable insights on leadership will enjoy!

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