What the book is about:
Reagin shares some key principles he’s learned over his career about being a leader that pours life into those who follow them instead of sucking all the life out of those under. He talks about the importance of being healthy as a person, accepting the type of person you are, and learning how to flourish within your strengths, while not totally ignoring weaknesses.
The book is organized into 4 parts: Leading From Your Truest Self, Releasing the Life-Giving Leader Within You, Core Behaviors of Life-Giving Leaders, How Life-Giving Leaders Change Organizations. Each part is divided further into smaller sections, working logically through a wholistic view of the life-giving leader concept.
What I liked:
- The logical flow – sometimes nonfiction books don’t flow very logically and I LOVE the way he laid out the organization of the chapters, each one building necessarily and logically off the previous.
- Personable writing – His writing voice is relatable and easy to digest without being elementary or condescending. He clearly has so much experience with leaders (both good and bad) and being a leader himself, learning from his mistakes and becoming better. The experience shines through and his desire to share is felt.
- Conciseness – I’m sure Reagin could have gone on and on about each category, but everything has been pared down to the barest necessity. I never felt like sections dragged on for too long, but I also didn’t feel shorted by anything. The balance achieved here is really impressive to me.
What I didn’t like:
- I can’t think of anything I specifically didn’t like.
Overall thoughts and opinions:
I really enjoyed this book. I’ve read a number of leadership books and for me, this is one that rises to the top as a must-read. So much great information is packed into the pages of this relatively short book, and I think I could read it three or four times in a row and continue to learn new things and pick up new ideas.
As a suggestion to a first-time reader, grab a small notebook first and work through everything slowly. It’s worth taking the extra time to process through everything and work through the concepts he shares. I believe this book has already made me a better leader and I look forward to working through it a second time.
For anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and leave a positive legacy, this is a book that should be added to your To Be Read pile.
I give this book 5 stars.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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