The book being discussed today breaks my heart. Not because I didn’t enjoy it. On the contrary, I loved it! Totally enjoyed the message. It breaks my heart because the topic is of such importance that — in my opinion — the title must accurately reflect the message… I don’t believe it does.
Leadership Is Dead: How Influence Is Reviving It is by Jeremie Kubicek, President and CEO of GiANT Impact, a global leadership company. Among their many impressive achievements is the Chick-fil-A Leadercast.
His premise — as is obvious throughout the book and as he describes in a brief video on his Amazon.com book page — is that “Leadership is dead when focused on you!” In fact, at he top of the back page of his book, it clearly says, “Leadership is alive when it is used for others. It dies when it is all about you.”
I totally agree. That is the basic message of Law #3, “The Law of Influence” in The Go-Giver. And, being that the title of John David Mann‘s and my next book is, It’s Not About You, obviously, I have no disagreement whatsoever with Jeremie’s premise.
My only challenge is with his title. In a recent post I discussed the challenge I have with people, in trying to find a contrarian title that will attract readers, misrepresenting (unintentionally, as I 100% believe is the case here) the actual body of work. And, in my opinion, this holds true whether an article or a book.
Being contrarian is fine and I certainly believe in using headlines that attract readers. However, it seems that the two should be congruent.
The book itself though? Beautiful! Jeremie shares lessons of leadership and influence I found to be powerful, helpful and enjoyable. And anyone who is a student of this topic and/or would like to be an effective leader and influencer will gain much through reading this book. The author shares personal stories that provide insight into his heart, and he provides numerous examples of other great leaders and the lessons they can teach us.
There were many excellent points throughout, and my highlighter and pen both got some serious workout time. I felt his list of ten points under the subhead, “The Attributes of a True Influence Leader” on page 77 was terrific. And, my favorite quote of all was on the very next page where he wrote:
“Leadership is influence. Influence is power. How that power is used
comes from the intent of the leader, from the motives of the heart.”
I could fill an entire page with his many “takeaway gems.” Instead, I’ll suggest you purchase the book and be ready for an exceptional lesson on leadership and influence that you’ll hopefully enjoy and benefit from as much as I did.