Three authors with distinctly different perspectives shed new light on 10 less-often-regarded but important aspects of organizational leadership.
Perras, a managerial coach and trainer, builds on his previous book (AIM for Life Mastery, 2011) in this series of discussions, carefully coordinating his ideas with those of a professional sports coach, Bellefeuille, and a business executive, Lindia. Together, the trio attempts to raise the reader’s awareness about opportunities and techniques available to organizational leaders. They identify 10 distinct, critical leadership issues, including making leadership choices from a broader-than-usual perspective, aligning team members’ responsibilities with their leader, nurturing trust, communicating honestly, optimizing plans through greater team involvement and clarifying how the team can best function. In each discussion, Perras summarizes basic assumptions and considerations and wraps up with his own summary statement. Bellefeuille offers personal insights and experiences (within the relatively straightforward context of competitive sports) to drive home the essential elements of each leadership issue. Lindia grounds each discussion in bottom-line factors. Interesting examples include Bellefeuille’s assertion that “the goal is not at the end of the road, the goal is the road”; Lindia reminds readers, “you need very strong technical people to create and move your company, [yet] you should consider the differently skilled and more creative people too. Otherwise there will be something missing in your joint plan.” Since leadership issues are split into three divergent but complementary perspectives, the book’s content is highly compartmentalized and more easily absorbed, as well as readily accessible for reference. Some readers may feel Perras casts too much of the discussion in his own highly ambiguous terms (most notably: “the right stuff, in the right amount, at the right time”), which forces the reader to use his or her own judgment when applying the book’s ideas to real-world leadership situations. This book provides material support to readers in leadership positions, however, and offers out-of-the-ordinary ideas and examples that may help leaders overcome barriers to achieve peak performance.
An interesting, original guide to leadership.