I’ve noticed that great senior leaders typically are tenacious readers. I’ve also observed that those who do a great job developing leaders are typically taking one or more of their leaders through a book. In fact, I would go so far as to say if you’re not developing your team to be readers then you’re probably not developing them as leaders.
If I were bringing on a new staff member who had little leadership experience, there are five books I would spend the first six to eight months taking them through. Over the years, I’ve taken several people through these books and they always have a great impact.
Why this book? Blanchard boils leadership down to three simple disciplines: One-minute goal setting, One-minute praising, One-minute reprimands. In fact anytime I hire someone new this is the first book I give them. If you practice what Blanchard suggests it will align your expectations with those you lead. As you’ve probably heard me say before, “If you don’t have shared expectations, you’ll have shared frustrations.”
How long will it take? About 3 sessions (one session per discipline). Continue Reading…