In the same way that we see only a small portion of an iceberg, most of us only develop 10 to 15 per cent of our potential to be great (flawless) leaders. Don't expect to learn the skills to achieve that level of leadership simply by reading a book. You cannot learn to ride a bicycle by reading a book or listening to a podcast. You've got to experience some skinned knees and elbows.
David McCleary's first book guides the aspiring leader through a series of informative and inspirational episodes designed to help learn thinking and questioning skills and habits. These will inspire the student to try new behaviors that will unleash that hidden reservoir of worth.
Twenty-five chapters laid out in workbook form make this book a versatile tool that can be used either as random periodic lessons or chronologically in a workshop setting. In each lesson, McCleary details a feature along the journey to better leadership skills. He clarifies his point with inspiring stories and then challenges the reader with questions and examples to promote action. Space is provided for notes with each chapter.
Mr. McCleary has chosen a niche in an already crowded field and is off to a commanding positioning in the genre. I have experienced in-house programs at Eckerd Drugs and New York Life, nationally available programs like Dale Carnegie Courses, and any number of local pharmacy-oriented seminars and lectures. Choosing to use this book would be a great preparation for any skills training program. It would also be a valuable resource to complement such programs.
Leadership training is a field rife with shallow slogans, aphorisms, anecdotes, adages, cliches, platitudes, axioms, and expressions. Thankfully, McCleary spares us the tedium of such prattle. Instead, we are inspired by his stories and enriched by his poetry. Sure, he includes a few quotations and excerpts from the classics and they are always on-point and relevant.