Friday, July 17, 2009

"Radical" Reding

In support of one of my clients I'm digging back into my leadership readings and recently re-read a couple of excellent books that, using an allegory, provide an interesting perspective on leadership.

Steve Farber's The Radical Leap and The Radical Edge tell stories of how, Steve, in a fictional situation based on his prior consulting experiences, helped a couple of organizations improve their leadership while at the same time learning a lot in the process. The focus of these two books is on the power of personal commitment and support of followers.

These books provide a different approach than the traditional command-and-control leadership styles that, unfortunately, continues to be prevalent in many organizations. A key part of this approach is the ability to eliminate fear while at the same time committing yourself and your organization to some audacious moves.

If you want to learn how to develop outstanding organizations, these are good books to read. While quick reads, they provide a lot of value.

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