Everyone can think of great leaders – Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, Jesus Christ. But more often than not we find flaws in our leaders – they show favoritism, they are hard to get along with, they bring in their personal life to work. Just like in everything else, we search out the negative of others before we see the positive. If you are ok with remaining in the status quo and seeing no change in either your leadership roll or your relationships with those who lead you – WARNING!!!! DO NOT PICK UP THIS BOOK!!! But if you want to “be the change you wish to see in the world” this book is for you.
Most leadership books discuss how to be a better leader – listen more, communicate more, pay attention to your team more. But, they leave out half the story. Other books do not pay attention to the fact that in order to lead there must be those who follow. It is a two way street, a delicate dance in the workplace that can be powerful or completely destructive. What Marc and Samantha Hurwitz does so elegantly is address both sides of the duet.
Let’s start with the truth. We are not always leaders and we are not always followers. We may be a leader in a charity while being a follower in our department at work. We may be a leader in our home and a follower at our church. So, throughout life we will fall in both categories. Hurwitzs does a great job in addressing the followership role of life as well.
From understanding our role as a follower at work and whose responsibility it is to communicate to why encouraging and checking in with your followers is so important are just some of the topics addressed in this book.
This book is worth a read not only for doing better in your work life, but it crosses over into your home and social lives as well. It take a about a day to read, is full of elegant examples and is easy to read. The structure of the book is more like a conversation than a how-to.
I recommend this book for anyone anywhere anytime.