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The Leader You Want to Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self--Every Day Kindle Edition
"The Leader You Want to Be is an excellent choice for leaders at all levels who are willing to assess themselves and take the necessary action to stimulate personal growth. It provides a comprehensive framework with useful exercises to further enhance your leadership growth." -- TD magazine (Association for Talent Development)
Advance Praise for The Leader You Want to Be:
"Amy Jen Su has done it again! With clear advice and practical tools, all dispensed in a nonjudgmental, forgiving voice, The Leader You Want to Be is the best guide I have read for helping leaders take a whole-person approach and understand how they can bring their best selves to life, both at work and at home." -- Robert Musslewhite, Chairman and CEO, Advisory Board
"Do you find yourself wondering how you can continue to function as your best self as your role gets larger and more complex? In The Leader You Want to Be, Amy Jen Su lays out an insightful and practical framework for managing the speed and demands of leadership today." -- Kimberly R. Powell, coauthor, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller The CEO Next Door; Principal, ghSMART & Company
"Amy Jen Su's helpful frameworks apply to the complicated issues we all grapple with as leaders. The Leader You Want to Be enables readers to show up as their best selves at work, at home, and as they go out into the world." -- Jim Massey, Global Vice President, Global Sustainability, AstraZeneca
"Amy Jen Su has created a simple yet holistic toolkit for helping leaders to tap into the best versions of themselves every day. This book is a must-read for anyone who is figuring out how to be professionally successful without sacrificing their sense of self." -- Erin Bakst, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, Vox Media
"Becoming the leader you want to be does not just happen by accident; it is a continual evolution that requires intentionality and focus. Amy Jen Su presents the fundamentals of leadership and development in a powerful, digestible way, providing a road map for every leader to truly become their best self." -- Rob Alston, CEO, Access
"The Leader You Want to Be is a practical and engaging encapsulation of what makes Amy Jen Su so special: an ability to incorporate the personal and the professional into one holistic strategy that pushes leaders to be more successful--and more fulfilled." -- Betty Hung, Operating Principal, Vista Equity Partners
"The Leader You Want to Be is teeming with tips, tactics, and best practices for managing your time, your emotions, and your workforce. It is a treasure trove of ideas that you can put to use in the instant." -- David G. Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Amy Jen Su is managing partner and cofounder of Isis Associates, an executive training and coaching firm. She is a frequently sought-after executive coach and speaker on issues of leadership presence, communications excellence, and executive endurancefactors critical to a leaders performance success. She has a proven track record helping senior leaders clearly articulate their personal and organizational vision, maintain their personal best amid change and complexity, and influence key constituencies.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07MWFCLF4
- Publisher : Harvard Business Review Press (22 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 6970 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 243 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #216,561 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on 30 January 2020
That distinction between Leader A and Leader B runs through The Leader You Want to Be. Obviously, you’d prefer to be Leader A. Obviously, also, you’re Leader B a bunch of the time. The book tells you how to get more Leader A time and how to come back from the land of Leader B when you find yourself there. If leadership is your job, you should read this book.
The Leader You Want to Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self – Every Day by Amy Jen Su is a great leadership book. Good developmental editing would have made it even better.
The title promises “five principles.” But you will scan the table of contents in vain looking for "principles." There are, five “powers.” On page 8, the Amy tells us that she’s identified five essential principles and then describes them as “The power of …”
That’s one of several things that makes it harder to get value from this book than it needs to be. The quality of The Leader You Want to Be overwhelms them, but the structure and consistency issues will bother some readers. If you’re one of them, now you know. Here are some things that make this book great.
The Leader A/Leader B idea is wonderful. If you’ve ever led a group, you know that you have good days and bad days and that, when it rains on you, your team tends to get wet. This concept makes it easy to go back and forth between things that work and things that don’t.
The content is excellent throughout. I don’t think you’ll read more than a few pages without highlighting something or thinking about how to apply it. Some parts of the book are both excellent and unique.
Chapter 4 has an excellent section on who to reach out to for advice. This is hardly ever covered in leadership books, but essential to a successful leadership career. The same chapter has an excellent sidebar on boundaries.
Chapter 5 has a lot of practical material on mindfulness. It covers some of the generic stuff but adds insight and depth.
Amy Jen Su has created a book with several things that add value for readers. There are excellent chapter summaries at the end of every chapter. There are exercises to help you apply the concepts in your own world. And there is an excellent selection of tools in the appendix to help you put this to work.
Amy Jen Su footnotes all her research. I love this. It’s easy to find more about research that ignites your curiosity. Far too few authors do this, and it is a big plus for me.
There were two ways that she used language that made me crazy. They may not bother you at all, but they bothered me a lot. The first was the phrase “highest and best use,” which she uses throughout the book. A term like “at your best” would have been fine and not as pretentious.
There was one thing that made me slam the book shut at least twice. Early in the book, she suggests that a good practice to develop is to become a spectator on your own actions. That’s common to a lot of things, including mindfulness and stoicism.
So far, no big deal. But then she turns spectator into a verb, “spectate.” Phrases such as “pause” or “step back” would have conveyed the same meaning without the need to turn a noun into a verb. I hate that. You may hate it, too. Or you may wonder why I even mention it.
I have one warning. Early in the book, Amy Jen Su suggests you can read this book starting from whatever interests you the most. Don’t do it. She defines concepts in the early chapters and then uses them with no explanation. By the time you reach chapter 5, there are all kinds of references to things from chapters 1-4. You won’t understand them if you haven’t read those chapters first.
If you’re a leader, especially in mid-career, buy a copy of The Leader You Want to Be and read it. It will help you make sense of things and be a better leader, and perhaps, a better person.
All the exercises, examples, and advice are driven by real-life experiences of practice with many high-performing individuals in different industries, not by theories of management.
The book structure, the examples, and how everything connects back and forth is impressive; I could not stop reading it. It was super deep learning, and it took me a lot longer than usual to move through the pages. Not because it was not well written. Far away from that. But because the content was so profound and so actionable that I wanted to make sure I didn't miss a single thing.
Just the core concepts by themselves (not even talking about everything else) are already worth many times the price of the book:
- The 2 "Leadership Modus Operandi": The Leader A vs. Leader B.
- The 4 Pitfalls of Doing that see myself doing so often: I'll Just Do More, I'll Just Do it Now, I'll Just Do It Myself, and I'll Just Do It Later.
- And, The 5 Ps: Purpose, Process, People, Presence & Peace.
If you are looking for a framework on how to grow as a leader and tons of actionable tips for you and your team, this is it.
For folks in Tech like me, you might be thinking: "This is just another book that doesn't apply to us". You could not be more wrong.