Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fairness Is Overrated And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace By Tim Stevens -Review

Disclosure: BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. However, all opinions are my own.

As a current college student earning my BA in human resource management, I am all the time looking for great leadership books. When I got the opportunity to review Fairness Is Overrated And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace By Tim Stevens, I could not wait to read it. 

I like structure and Tim Stevens delivers. The book contains 4 different parts, each with various aspects of leadership principles. Tim Stevens lays out each principle so it is defined in what you need or should do to become a great leader. At the end of each chapter there is a 'Think About It' section that ask questions so you can think about who you are and what you want to be. 

My favorite chapter is 19 'Questions to Ask'. Tim Stephens 20 great questions every interviewer should ask a potential employee. My favorite question is 'Do you have any questions for us?'. This is a question most all employers ask and most of the time goes unanswered. I am guilty of doing it as well.  After reading the book, I am going to make changes in what type of leader I want to be and also what type of potential employee I am going to be.

Book Description

Executive pastor and leadership coach Tim Stevens shows readers how to create the organizational culture they'd love to work in themselves.
Profitable organizations require a healthy culture, and Pastor Tim Stevens knows the secret sauce for a vibrant and successful workplace. Drawn from his experience working at Granger Community Church in Indiana, where he leads a team of more than 130 people, and from growing a worldwide ministry-5,000 people in three locations in Granger and 1,800 churches in India-Fairness Is Overrated lays out a practical blueprint for success.
Short, digestible chapters-fueled by practical bullet-points, discussion questions, and real-life examples-give lessons and practical advice few leadership manuals teach, such as how resumes are worthless and Facebook and Twitter shouldn't be prohibited at work. Whether it's the power of switching off the iPhone in a meeting, balancing the visions of artists and leaders, or how to fire people with grace, Fairness Is Overrated is packed with practical tips for real leadership, every single day.
About the Author
Tim Stevens is a team leader with the Vanderbloemen Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries find great leaders. Previously he was the executive pastor at Granger Community Church in Indiana. During his twenty years there, he helped grow the church to more than 5,000 gathering weekly in three locations and saw a worldwide impact, which included a community center in downtown South Bend, Indiana, and more than 1,800 new churches in southern India.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

The Leadership Handbook 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs by John C. Maxwell-Review

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I am a big fan of John C. Maxwell. My office bookshelf is filled with his leadership books. When I saw  The Leadership Handbook 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs available for review, I couldn't wait to read it. 

I am currently in college working on my BA in human resource management and one of the things I need to work on is leadership skills. I am not a great or even a good leader. John C. Maxwell's The Leadership Handbook 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs is about to change all of that!

The Leadership Handbook 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs is filled with 26 leadership lessons along with application exercises and mentoring moments. My favorite part of the book are the application exercises. Each exercise ask defining questions and gives tips on what you need to do to help you be a great leader. For example, in chapter 3 'Defining Moments Define Your Leadership',gives a list of twelve choices that you can use based on your values and priorities. This list which includes attitude and commitment is a great starting point to find out not only what type of leader you are but what kind of person.

About the book and John C. Maxwell:

New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell offers practical insight into learning how to lead the person who matters most-yourself.
The path to leadership begins with a question only few of us ask: How do I lead myself? John Maxwell presents twenty-six insights, not just for those who aspire to positions of leadership but also for veteran leaders who aim to build and improve upon the steps that led them to the front of the line.
Sound leadership will impact any endeavor, but sound leaders are prepared for risk-and importantly, failure-just as they point the way toward achievement. With application exercises and a "Mentoring Moment" to accompany each chapter, The Leadership Handbook presents a road map for a path many may cross but few choose to follow. "A leader," counsels Maxwell, "never has to recover from a good start."
About the Author
John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP.
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