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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Four Hats" by Drake E. Taylor.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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I still remember the day my manager called me to his office. I knew
what was coming as I walked in and sat down, feeling eager yet nervous
as we talked. Within the week I found myself in front of a computer
watching endless videos and finally in a room with other associates
who recently had "the talk". That week of training went by in a blur as
we all were bombarded with facts and statistics on PowerPoint slides
before being sent back to our stores. For many newly promoted supervisors and leaders, this is the
same situation they find themselves in, being promoted with no
leadership background or experience and expected to remember the
information overload from the week of training. In The Four Hats of
Leadership
, Drake E. Taylor utilizes his years of experience in the
military to present what he perceives as four specific "hats", skills
that make a leader great. He starts by discussing the importance of
picking the right ream members for a task by looking at their
strengths and weaknesses, while also helping them grow. Drake then
goes on to look at how tough love, while not always required, can be
used effectively. Moving to the opposite spectrum, he looks at how a
major skill needed is the ability to be a problem solver for your team. One
skill which is seldom spoken of in leadership training, but Drake says
can be just as important as the others is the ability to take a step
back and focus on your own well-being and goals. Drake ends by
discussing how all of these skills support each other and aid in
making an effective leader.

I found The Four Hats of Leadership to be a quick and easy read.
Drake intermixes his explanations of the "hats" with examples from his
own life, showing how they can be utilized by any kind of leader,
whether military or business. I like how he equates essential
leadership skills to easily understandable professions. He examines each
"hat" in relation to its context. For example, when talking about the
farmers hat he discusses how a farmer picks the right seeds and tools
for the job. He then translates to show how it applies to leaders.

While this book may be better suited for those new to leadership, I
believe even those leaders who have been in their position for some time
could learn or improve by reading it. One thing that Drake mentions
which stuck with me is that, "I learned just as much, if not more,
about leadership from those times as a follower as when I was
leading". Each of us has followed someone at some point in our career
and many of us have a leader we look up to and strive to emulate.
After reading this book I considered my role models and realized they
had utilized each of these four "hats" at some point.

I found this book to have been professionally edited. There were no
spelling or grammar errors. The content is well written and each
chapter flows together seamlessly.

Overall I would rate The Four Hats of Leadership by Drake E Taylor 4
out of 4 stars
. The book has great content and no grammatical errors,
making it an easy read. Drake has presented essential leadership
skills in a concise way that can be understood and implemented by
leaders at any level. Anyone interested in learning about becoming and
effective leader would enjoy this book.

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