Leadership on the Line by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linksy was a really good read. It deals with the realities of leadership and the challenges that leaders face. I know a lot of leadership books make this claim, but this book gets to the reasons why we lead, the motivations of our heart, how to not lose yourself in your role, and how to get out of your role and see the big picture. There’s so much I could write about this book, but I’ll give you a few of my favorite quotes:
– “Leadership is about disturbing people – at a rate they can absorb”
– “People are willing to make sacrifices if they see the reason why.”
– “Accepting casualties signals your commitment.”
– “People can only stand so much change at any one time.”
– “…If you are to be authentic and effective, you must play your role in accordance with you believe so that your passions infuse your work”
– “Your management of an attack, more than the substance of the accusation, determines your fate”
This is the tip of the iceberg. It’s a very good book. I recommend it.