68% of Americans believe that we are currently facing a crisis in leadership, according to the latest National Leadership Index from the Harvard Kennedy Center for Public Leadership.In LIFTOFF LEADERSHIP, Betty Shotton draws on her 35 years of experience as a CEO, entrepreneur, and pilot to chart a new course for leaders. She believes that numerical measures of success and financial acumen alone are not enough. We need leaders with strength of character and unshakable principle. LIFTOFF LEADERSHIP calls for a ...
68% of Americans believe that we are currently facing a crisis in leadership, according to the latest National Leadership Index from the Harvard Kennedy Center for Public Leadership.In LIFTOFF LEADERSHIP, Betty Shotton draws on her 35 years of experience as a CEO, entrepreneur, and pilot to chart a new course for leaders. She believes that numerical measures of success and financial acumen alone are not enough. We need leaders with strength of character and unshakable principle. LIFTOFF LEADERSHIP calls for a return to leadership attributes that have enabled mankind's greatest achievements and defined its most exceptional leaders. Chapter by chapter, Shotton examines 10 powerful principles such as vision, accountability, and altruism, within the context of today's business and economic environments. She uses her own experiences in business, first person tales from the cockpit, and a series of thorough checklists to help readers examine and improve their own leadership style.This powerful, provocative book is a game changer for leadership, a book every leader needs to read.
Businesswoman and pilot Shotton charts a course for helping leaders reflect on their character and conduct. Each chapter represents one of Shotton's 10 essential leadership qualities, which are illustrated through a smattering of short anecdotes and examples. To review and inspire reflection, end of chapter exercises have readers contemplating personal leadership through academic ranking and writing exercises. Although much of the book's style and message will be familiar to readers who pursue the business self-help genre, the author's use of flight analogies and anecdotes makes the book stand out. Flight and piloting stories are present in anecdotes, short stories and even reflected in the descending chapter-numbering system that mimics a space mission countdown. The flight anecdotes succeed in piloting the reader through the text, which is much needed in this genre characteristically deficient in narrative threads. Reading the book from cover to cover is a breeze, but leaders in the C-suite who are looking for a guide they can easily scan will find the book's subheadings nondescript. The book may prove more useful to middle managers, interested in self-reflection and aspiring toward a higher position. Another issue is that the author does more to set up her authority as an airplane pilot than as a leadership expert, saying in the beginning only that she is a "business leader." Flipping to the author bio and back jacket hardly satisfy the question of what experience makes the author credible to write a book on leadership. By the back third of the book, anecdotes on the author's leadership become more illustrative, but future editions could use some of this discussion in the prologue. Despite these shortcomings, the author's anecdotes and end of chapter exercises will entertain and should help self-reflecting leaders better understand their current leadership style strengths and shortcomings. With engaging examples and exercises, Shotton's book will help reflective leaders reach new heights in self-awareness.
Betty Shotton is committed to elevating the role of leaders in our society. To that end she is an avid speaker, author and advocate for leadership accountability and contribution.Betty has over 25 years experience as a CEO, Entrepreneur, and Leadership Consultant.Today she is the CEO & Founder of LIFTOFF LEADERSHIP LLC and a Partner with Berkana Consulting Group.