Official Review: Empathetic Leadership by Michael Brisciana

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Official Review: Empathetic Leadership by Michael Brisciana

Post by katiesquilts » 08 Apr 2019, 00:44

[Following is an official review of "Empathetic Leadership" by Michael Brisciana.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Michael Brisciana is an HR professional who has worked with numerous companies and non-profits throughout his career. In his book, Empathetic Leadership, he lists 47 tips for leaders to help them create and manage their teams, develop workplace culture, lead by example, mentor others, and manage their own career without burning out. At just under 200 pages, the book is a short read that will provide information for not just leaders, but anyone who is looking to improve their workplace environment.

At the start of the book, Brisciana is quick to mention that there are no new or hidden secrets being revealed in his book. Everything he writes is common sense, and anyone who works in a business setting has probably learned the same things in their college courses or from reading other how-to books in the business world. However, despite how easy or "obvious" some of Brisciana's tips may seem, many of us still find ourselves struggling at work. We know ways in which we can help ourselves or overcome obstacles, but sometimes we need reminders. Empathetic Leadership is the perfect quick read to achieve this.

I myself am not a leader, but I work for a start-up company where the executives and leaders take most of the responsibility and have their plates full bringing business in to make a profit, but are unable to actually manage tasks once the deal has been sealed. Before reading Empathetic Leadership I thought I could point out exactly where things are going wrong. I still know what the problems are, but now in my empathetic state of mind, I've realized that solving the problem won't be as easy as just pointing fingers. I also feel like I'll be able to do a better job training new recruits if we ever get any new additions to our team.

The tips in Empathetic Leadership are very short. Honestly, if I ever feel stressed about something at work, I will probably be able to whip it out, read a few pages, and feel calmer in less than ten minutes. Even if the information is not necessarily new to some people, there's no harm in being reminded. Brisciana's kind and gentle personality shines through in his writing, soothing the reader. Also, I loved the quotes that he included at the beginning of each chapter. However, some of his stories lack detail, seeming to end before they even begin. Also, I found a good handful of errors that easily could have been discovered by another round of proofreading.

Despite all of the points mentioned above, I enjoyed Empathetic Leadership and believe it should be required reading for all leaders. The only cons I could see in it were the grammatical errors and typos I found, which is why I give it 3 out of 4 stars. As I mentioned earlier, I am not a leader but I can easily see Brisciana's tips coming in handy in the future. I recommend that everyone read this book, no matter what profession you work in or where you are on the corporate ladder. In fact, it may be more useful for young employees than those who have experience leading, so that they can prepare themselves for if and when they find themselves in a leadership position.

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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 12 Apr 2019, 06:42

This sounds like a good desktop resource for anyone working in the business world. The cover is appealing too, so it could brighten up your space just by being there. Thanks for the great review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Apr 2019, 07:42

While it doesn't sound like there's anything extremely new or different in this book, it seems like it would be a good reminder of basic principles we already know. Thanks so much for the review on this one. I don't think I'm in the market for a book like this at the moment, but I'll keep it in mind for the future.
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Post by Danak » 12 Apr 2019, 13:55

I believe it is important to acknowledge the different leadership styles and approaches that people around us may have. This book would be beneficial to show the different ways to look at situations and have different perspectives on the way leadership is portrayed.

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Post by Radiant3 » 12 Apr 2019, 16:59

This book could be a useful tool to help those employed in leadership roles. They can use the information to help them reframe their ideas. A new way to apply what they might already know. Thank you for the thorough review. :)
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Post by kdstrack » 13 Apr 2019, 14:34

I appreciate your comments about how the book helped you empathize with the leaders at your work. This book would be a handy review from a unique perspective. Thanks for your review of this book.

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Post by Janelle Juncos » 13 Apr 2019, 20:24

As someone who has both been a boss and had two pretty toxic bosses, I think the world needs more basic leadership skills, and I think we can all agree it needs more empathetic people. Great review!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 14 Apr 2019, 07:28

Great review! I liked that you mentioned the author did not claim to have any new tips, and it is just a reiteration of information that is already around.

Great for people in the business field looking to gain some leadership skills!

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