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A Review of Mark Miller's The Heart of Leadership
Mark Miller has hit another home run, and anyone seeking to increase their impact and effectiveness as a leader will benefit from this tremendous parable on character based leadership.
Early in the book, Miller shares that “there is a lot more to being a leader than great individual work,” and that is so true. Good workers are not always great leaders - and this book explains why...
Much like The Traveler’s Gift, by Andy Andrews, Miller’s parable follows the main character, Blake, as he gains leadership insights from meeting with five strong leaders from different fields, each sharing a separate insightful piece of the puzzle that will help him improve.
Blake is 28 years old in the story – but the lessons that this story offers are ideas that many 48 year old leaders have not internalized. This story is a compelling tool for learning and for sharing with others the significant impact that our intention has on how we interact with others.
Too many “leaders,” or people placed in positions of authority, are motivated by a desire to serve themselves rather than a desire to serve others. You will likely be convicted, as I was, and recognize at least one gap n your leadership character as you experience Blake’s journey.
Thankfully, as he learns, we can choose to change our behaviors and the why behind them.
This book will transform you and those you choose to share it with, and inspire you to do the internal work that always results in external modifications.
As Miller writes, “you cannot conceal your heart for long.”
You will enjoy this short easy read, but more importantly you will find yourself identifying ways that you can personally apply its lessons to your own journey of becoming a better leader.
Great leaders ARE different - and The Heart of Leadership offers an entertaining explanation of how you and those on your team can experience intentional growth in whichever character area you may now be neglecting.
I highly recommend you pick up at least two copies… one for yourself, and at least one to share with the people you hope to become effective servant leaders in your organization’s future.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the book...