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Posted May 13, 2011
A Call to Redefine Leadership
Leadership has become a term that leaves a sour taste in most people's mouths, and a wake of cynicism and distrust. Yet, even for those whose experience has differed, the term, and practice, has become too convoluted. Ask ten people on the street what 'leadership' means to them and you're likely to get ten different responses. The heart of Leadership Is Dead is an acknowledgement of these facts and a call to change the way we view leading. Through the author's own experiences, struggles & journey, a new standard is raised that calls all to get outside of themselves, to stop the rat race to the top of the ladder, and to handle with care the responsibility (and joy) of leading others. It is a call to use the power entrusted to you for the benefit of those around you, and to hold influence, not leadership, as the goal. This book is both inspirational, and practical... weaving between stories and conversations, to things you and I can do immediately to change the course. By applying the principles contained within Leadership Is Dead, the ripple effect of true influence can change the lives of those you serve, and impact the trajectory of others' lives for the good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2011
Do yourself a favor -- make time to read this book in your busy schedule! The first two chapters will grip you, inspire you, and propel you through a life changing paradigm of how influence changes everything. Jeremie gets it...and it shares it with us all! Be sure that you treat yourself to the best leadership book out there!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2011
An Insightful and Timely Page-Turner!
In "Leadership Is Dead: How Influence Is Reviving It," Jeremie Kubicek, CEO of the leader development company GiANT Impact, makes a clear and compelling case that "dominators" who lead by coercion are on the decline and are being replaced by "liberators" who lead through influence.
Kubicek observes that leadership has moved from a noun to a verb. It has become a means or vehicle for appropriate change rather than a goal or end in itself (i.e. to become the leader who exerts power over others). Peggy Noonan, President Ronald Reagan's speechwriter, once stated it this way: "Poor leaders want to be great. Great leaders want to do something great." Kubicek points out that for leaders to successfully make this shift, competence is required to get the job done well and character is required to build strong relationships based on mutual trust. People are much more likely to give their best efforts when following a liberator than a dominator because this type of leader helps the people he or she leads and, in doing so, develops a bond of connection.
I highly recommend this book. In addition to making a valuable contribution to leadership thinking, the stories and examples make it a page-turner. You'll experience the thrill of reading about Kubicek's narrow escape from intimidating Russian mobsters while working as a young entrepreneur in Moscow, and his harrowing and heartwarming account of coming back to life following a car accident in Cancun that left him momentarily lifeless. Also, be sure not to miss the material in the appendix that includes a fascinating description of Chick-fil-A's "Live. Love. Lead." program, an inspiring endeavor to be a positive influence in the lives of its customers.
Kubicek's company, GiANT Impact, has as its mission "to impact the leadership culture of America." "Leadership Is Dead" certainly contributes to that end and more. The timing of this book could not be better as today's news headlines recount more people around the world rising up to challenge dominating leaders and illegitimate governments in hopes of replacing them with the type of leader Kubicek describes.
Michael Lee Stallard
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