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Official Review: The secret of high impact leaders

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[Following is an official review of "The secret of high impact leaders" by Yoshiharu Matsui.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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The Secret of High Impact Leaders: Five Proven Leadership Actions To Make Your Team Highly Engaged And Productive, by Yoshiharu Matsui, is a self-help book that aims at providing advice to leaders in any organization on how to increase productivity and bolster confidence and happiness within the organization. The book singles out "poor employee engagement" as the root cause of poor productivity, inefficiency, higher cost, and lower profit that have plagued many organizations in recent years. This is where leaders in organizations are supposed to step up and take charge of the situation to turn things around, but it isn't as easy as it sounds. However, the author strongly believes that by employing the five leadership actions (Envision, Engage, Empower, Enable, and Enhance), which are discussed in this book in detail, leaders in any organization can improve their leadership skills and achieve organizational goals, while maintaining a healthy and happy work environment.

As someone that invests a lot of time into reading self-help books like this one, I hoped to learn a few new things I haven't seen in other books. The book's title alluded that I would get what I wanted, but after reading The Secret of High Impact Leaders, I am not completely satisfied. While the book introduced a new concept of five leadership actions, when the author went into detail about them, it turned out to be information I've already gotten from other books but just tagged differently.

The author included a few case studies involving problems faced by different leaders of organizations and walked the reader through proper ways to overcome the problems by applying some of the leadership actions, and this will definitely help readers to better understand what he talked about. There were also illustrations and charts throughout the book to help simplify any part of the book that may be complex to some readers, and I must applaud the author on his use of a simple and unambiguous language to pass his message in this book, which meant that I didn't even need the illustrations most times.

However, there were some parts where the author wasn't as thorough as I would have liked. Besides the case studies, the book lacked relatable examples that would have helped provide more depth to the author's lessons. I liked the part where the author used human health as an example to illustrate the importance of carrying out audits in an organization, and I would have appreciated more of the same, but it never happened. I also expected the author to include more personal experiences with his methods and talk about mistakes that could be made in the application of his methods, but I didn't get that as well.

This isn't to say that I didn't learn anything new from this book. The author's lesson on the differences between coaching and teaching and how both can be applied in different situations was enlightening. The GROW (Goals, Reality, Options, and Way Forward) coaching model was also another interesting part of the book that I can't wait to apply. Furthermore, The Secret of High Impact Leaders isn't well edited. The book started off well but gradually, the quality of the editing tailed off, especially towards the third chapter. Missing and incorrect determiners made up most of the errors I found.

Overall, reading The Secret of High Impact Leaders was like having a conversation with a Jekyll and Hyde character. I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars because there was a dislike for almost every like I found in the book. While some of my complaints were personal preferences, the editing issues and lack of depth in some areas definitely justify my rating. I couldn't rate it below 2 because it isn't a poorly written book. I would still recommend this book to people interested in learning about good leadership.

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Post by spencermack »

Finding dislike for every like is evidence that the author didn't fully explain ideas or didn't understand their point of view well enough. It's good that you were able to find some points in the book that can be applied to leadership roles. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Kibetious »

This would have made a nice read were it not for the shallowness and errors. It is quite a great disappointment when you begin reading a book with high expectation and this is not met. Thanks for the review. What I would like most in this book would be the case examples included.
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Post by kandscreeley »

It does seem there are quite a few self-help books out there that just reword all the old ideas again and again. That's one reason I don't read many self-help books. I'm sorry that was your experience with this one. Hopefully the next one will be better for you! Thanks.
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Post by T_stone »

A dislike for every like seems to me a like a book with not so much depth. I've read enough self-help books and I think they're all the same thing in terms of content. I might be passing on this one. Thanks for the review.
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Post by IamShing »

I don't know why but, I guess this book should be polished a little more to improve it.
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Post by ShannonHBC »

The book's title sounds good, it's a shame it didn't quite live up to your expectations. I guess it's one of those books that are at least worth skimming through if you're already familiar with the subject or if you are new to it, it might still be worth reading carefully. But it is very true that many self-help books provide nothing new, as mentioned earlier.

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