The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership

The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership

by Steve Farber


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A new, tenth anniversary editionof the leadership classic thatwas hailed as one of the 100 BestBusiness Books of AllTime.

In his exciting and timeless businessparable,The Radical Leap, Steve Farberexplores an entirely new leadershipmodel, one in which leaders aren’tafraid totake risks, make mistakes infront of employees, or actively solicitemployee feedback. His book dispenseswith the typical, tired notions of whatit means to be a leader.

Farber’s modern parable begins ona sunny California beach where he hasa strange and unexpected encounterwith a surfer named Edg. Despite hisunassuming appearance, the enigmaticEdgseems to know an awful lot aboutleadership and this brief interactionpropels Steve into an unforgettablejourney. Along the way, he learns aboutExtremeLeadership—and what itmeans to take the Radical Leap:

·Cultivate Love
·Generate Energy
·Inspire Audacity
·Provide Proof

Geared to people at any level whoaspire to change things for the better,The Radical Leapis creating legionsof Extreme Leaders in business,education, non-profits and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989300216
Publisher: Mission Boulevard Press
Publication date: 09/07/2014
Pages: 195
Sales rank: 138,629
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Inc. and the author of four books including Wall Street Journal bestseller Greater Than Yourself and The Radical Edge: Another Personal Journey in Extreme Leadership. Steve lives in San Diego, CA.

Table of Contents

Later On157
The Radical Leap: A Daily Handbook for Extreme Leaders163

What People are Saying About This

Tim Sanders

This is one of the coooolest books I've read in recent years on the subject of Leadership. The idea that Steve would use the extreme sport plus surf metaphor is not only timely, it is very realistic and represents the gestalt of our new generation of managers and leaders. This is a book that provides a gritty story with no punches held back. Steve is one cool dude, and I don't just use that term lightly. In the Leadership world we need more PG rated stories like this that smack of authenticity and most importantly ... applicability. Rock on Steve!

Patrick Lencioni

The Radical Leap is as enjoyable as it is important. Every leader needs to hear this message and take it to heart.This is a terrific book. (author,"The Five Dysfuntions of a Team;"; "The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive"; "The Five Temptations of a CEO" President, The Table Group)

Tom Peters

Awesome! I am an unabashed Farber fan!

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The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
lfamous on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short and fun to read. Conversational tone.
figre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is just another one of those nigh-on useless leadership books that tells a story (poorly) to try and illustrate basic leadership points you already know. And I walked away with some things I need to do. Let me try to explain that, starting with the first half.You¿ve all read one of these types of books. My first experience (purchased by the CEO of our company ¿ the way many of us are introduced to these books) was Who Moved My Cheese. This was quickly followed by Gung Ho (also from the CEO). Then I had friends pushing other ones on me. Mind you, I had seen enough that I didn¿t pursue these superficial panacea inducers on my own. But they work at some level for some people. Likewise, this book was given by a friend and boss who was going to work somewhere else. So, I recently dove in to see what he saw in the book. (I do respect him, so I respect his decision to provide me the book.) And I found all the things that I have learned to hate from these books. A cobbled together story, superficial leadership concepts, and poor writing. In this case, that inferior writing (and let me quickly add, I mean that the fiction/story is poorly told; the literary devices are too transparent; and the humor is flat) is made even worse by the writer¿s conceit of trying to be hip/edgy/I¿m-not-sure-what-he¿s-trying-for. Quote from the intro ¿I wanted to write something a little¿well¿grittier. A little funkier, maybe.¿ Let¿s see how well he did. Page two, he is talking to a girl taking surveys and wearing a bikini (giggle, giggle ¿ my how gritty) ¿¿I said, feeling a bit hopeful that I was about to enter into a classic middle-aged male fantasy scenario, if you know what I mean.¿ And suddenly, we all see the Monty Python team saying ¿Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.¿ That scene just hurts, and is exactly what is wrong throughout this book. (That, and the fact that there really isn¿t anything new in it.)And, as I mentioned, I¿ve come away with some things to do and things to change. Here is my theory ¿ there are two important things about being a good leader of change (because that is really all that matters.) First is keeping your mind open to ideas no matter what you¿re doing (whether it be taking a shower, reading a business book, listening to Mahler), and second is being ready for those moments to hit ¿ to take advantage of them (luck is as much about being ready to take advantage of moments than just being in that right place.) And my reading this book at this particular time is about listening (no matter how bored I was with the content), recognizing that it applied, and moving forward with the ideas. Yeah, what the author is proposing (his LEAP concept ¿ cultivate Love, generate Energy, inspire Audacity, and provide Proof [notice how hard he had to force that acronym]) is absolutely nothing new, and the content around this concept adds very little. But revisiting old things sometimes makes us realize we need to get back to those basics. And that is what this book happened to do for me. All that being said, I have yet to find a parable book I would recommend. Add this one to the list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Farber's book is a quick easy-to-read book for the busiest of people. LEAP challenges folks to think differently. Once you get to the top level of leadership/management, people think they have "arrived," why? Because they know it all....because have been through all the models and all the scenarios... what more could there be? Farber puts the reader's knowledge and leadership experience in check, challenging the reader to take an introspective approach to a philosophy, to a position...suggesting there is much more to learn, much more to consider and more to practice....LEAP is an authentic approach we can appreciate, yet are we practicing?
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BelindaEllsworth More than 1 year ago
The book I just finished is The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber. This book started out a little slow for me, but at the end of the day I found that I liked it. The book had an interesting twist. The tale resonated with me because it demonstrates how a lot of us end up just going through the motions in life. We set ourselves on a path and just continue on it, long after the thrill is gone. The book leads you to ask yourself "Do I still even have a passion?" It's not a book for everyone, because the effect is really an internal one. If you read it and take the time to be introspective, the lessons in the book can be very helpful. It may be hard to predict whether the book is going to have real value for any particular individual, because the impact is really based on the reader's response. If you're looking for "how tos" for leadership you're not going to find it in this book. Farber's tone is a little sarcastic. He mocks some of the normal business clichés. But, if you've compromised in your business life and strayed from what drives you, this book will probably really hit you. While I read it, I found myself reflecting on what my WHY is: My mission is to make a difference in the lives of leaders. THAT is what drives me, it's what excites me, and it's the reason I do what I do. But, with this book in hand, I had to think about some of the projects I take on and how much they sap my energy and aren't in alignment with my mission. That is something that can make a book worth more than just what's written on the page. It's not information (external data) it's enlightenment (internal work). I'd like to recommend this book to anyone who is finding themselves just trudging along, wondering why they aren't energized, excited, or otherwise engaged in what they're doing any more. People follow those who are passionate about what they do. If you've lost your passion, you need to recapture it. Using this book as a jumping-off point to assess your work would be a great gift to give yourself and may just make a difference in your results as a leader.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard author Steve Farber at a state tourism conference in California in 2002. He noted to the audience that he was formulating a book to share his experiences to date on leadership. I was new to my postion as Executive Director of a visitors bureau and had experienced the 'OS!M' (read the book) of leavng a well paying, secure job to pursue what I knew I loved. After hearing Steve, I found myself starting nearly every public presentation with the words 'I Love My Job' to which I often received the reply 'we can tell.' Now, four years later, I've finally read 'The Radical Leap.' This expression of Steve's 'Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership' is dead on. I live to LEAP and it is gratifying to see my staff and volunteers cultivate love, generate energy, attempt audacious things, and provide proof with tangible results, while creating more OSM!S for their leader on almost a daily basis. My only disappointment (and I have not read Steve's newest release, 'Radical Edge') is that he did not share his ideas about in-the-box, outside-the-box, and what-box thinkers. I have found them most useful in identifying other 'Extreme Leaders' across organizational lines. LEAP on Steve, I may not be your greatest fan but am surely a raving fan. I will undoubtedly re-read 'The Radical Leap' for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift, and I must say it was a good one. As a newly elected fraternity president, I was struggling with issues of being already burnt out and discouraged. Thankfully, this book reminded me that all leadership practices must stem from love of one's constituents. Even though the book is written with business professionals in mind, it applies to leaders in all walks of life. I can safely say that this book is responsible for the enormous success of my chapter and my inspiration as its leader. If you want to change the world, you can't afford to not read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This basic, common sense, practical and down-to-earth guide to leadership will delight anyone who has always wondered how to become a leader but never figured out how. Steve Farber, author of this treasury of leadership lore, is the leader who can help you find the leader within you. His parable is full of the kind of characters who delight storytellers, such as the affectionately-limned 22-year-old blonde in a bikini who approaches the author on a beach to ask what he thinks leadership is, or the Zen-like old, grizzled sage of leadership. These characters are designed to inspire you to believe that you, too, can be a leader, no matter how low your self-esteem. Moreover, Farber pushes business writing to the edge (in fact, one of his main characters is named Edg). He even manages to work in quotations from decadent, drunken, insane poet Charles Bukowski, author of such classics as Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Read this book and learn to follow the leader to leadership. It turns out that leadership is surprisingly easy once you know how to do it. We believe we are not giving away too much of the ending if we tell you that the author believes 'Love' is the final answer to the question, 'What is leadership?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far this book is not only the best leadership book but the best book period. Steve Farber's insight into Extreme Leadership is simple yet profound. Anyone that is a part of a team should read this book.