There is no other leadership book quite like this one. You can search, but you won’t find it. Most books in this subject category are intellectual; mine is personal. I’ve designed it that way. I want you to understand leadership from a very different angle by immersing yourself in a story written from the heart. Since its release at the end of March readers continue to send me emails saying they can’t forget the story I tell in Part I, and that because of it, certain aspects of their lives and their approach to work are forever changed. That is my goal.
Every person, regardless of age, sex, industry, or status, experiences loss. It’s woven into the fabric of life. It’s just a matter of what form it takes: human, financial, relationship, body image, material, health. The question is not if you and I will go through loss; it’s when and what and how. Then, on the other side of these situations, another question eventually rises to the surface: What will you and I do with our losses to make them count for something? That is the most important question. We owe it to ourselves—and others– to answer it. I believe we should not waste our losses but instead use them as a springboard to do great things.
My book talks about how I did this. It shows you how to view all losses, regardless of nature or size, as gifts in disguise. My book provides a path for navigating various types of losses, growing from them, and leveraging them to serve your colleagues, community, state, nation, or world. One by one, your losses can transform you into a more competent, compassionate leader. If you allow it, they can take you to the next level in your current role or career trajectory. Exciting, isn’t it? Well, this is exactly what happened for me. It can happen for you too.
In the second part of my book I identify ten leadership lessons that I now know I learned as a result of that dramatic loss I suffered nearly three decades ago. Could I have learned these same lessons without the loss? Maybe. But probably not as completely, as definitively, as deeply. I’m talking about essential lessons like how to recover from setbacks, how to manage personal limitations, and how to take risks. I’m also referring to other lessons such as establishing boundaries, finding your unique voice, and managing uncertainty and change. Yes, you can study academic literature and talk to other people to get some of this information, but there’s no substitute for direct experience. In the long run we always gain more from pain—even somebody else’s. It’s just the way we’re wired.
The reality is that colleges, universities, and online courses typically don’t teach much of the content in my book. So what happens, then, if the arena of formal education isn’t exposing its students (new or seasoned professionals) to these down and dirty new millennium essentials? What are the consequences for lacking these skills? For starters, people in leadership positions may secretly feel inadequate, seriously unprepared for their jobs. Practically speaking, they certainly can’t perform to the level for which they are being paid. Mediocrity, folks, is the biggest price, and it’s a shame. I can tell you that America is full of average leaders we can’t afford. Don’t let yourself be one of them. Seek to do great things and make a notable difference. Read my book today.