4 out of 4 stars
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The title of the book piqued my curiosity, especially “The Hidden You” part, and made me wonder about two particular topics: is there someone/something hidden inside of me and what is leadership transcendence. The author of The Hidden You and Your Leadership Evolution: A Systematic Approach to Leadership Transcendence, John B. Slone, certainly didn’t disappoint me and helped me find the answer to those questions. Moreover, he introduced me to management psychology, various social behaviors, conscious and subconscious brain functionality, inborn primary instincts, DNA genetics, and three effective tools of what he calls “the systematic approach” — move, adapt, and left behind.
The author goes beyond the common inspirational attitude that we usually find in this literary category. He focuses first on the importance of knowing yourself, down to your subtlest psychological and physiological roots, as an important part of the leadership foundation and, secondly, on the methodical approach that will assist you in the process of leadership evolution. One of my favorite aspects was his humanistic tone that I rarely find in most educational works. He aims to support aspiring leaders by addressing the reality of a work environment and dissolving the stereotype that leadership is a natural-born trait that you either have or don’t have. He replaces that notion with the concept that “leadership is a skill,” and like many other skills, it can be developed through practice, exercise, and continued learning.
I gained precious knowledge about improving my professional and personal relationships. I’m not in a leadership position, but as a freelancer and a part of society, I do interact with different types of individuals. Social interactions are a key component to personal growth and to the leadership evolution. The book is peppered with sports analogies, moral stories, historical leadership examples, and wise advice. I wish I could have read more of the author’s personal examples from his vast understanding of leadership that illustrated the failure or the success of the outcome. Personally, this would have helped me associate and apply his principles to my own relationships with coworkers, family, and friends.
If you’re looking for advice on how to fast-track your way up the professional ladder, this book is not for you; it is for those who have a wider view of personal and professional development and who are willing to embrace patience and time in order to build a strong foundation and a systematic approach that will sustain and keep you on top. Directors, managers, and supervisors could also benefit from this compilation of some of the most recognized and respected theories regarding human behavior and motivation.
There are a handful of words that could be considered borderline profane language. As for the editing, I couldn’t detect any errors, and it seemed carefully proofread. This 4 out of 4 stars book is a must-read for all, regardless of your social or work status.
At some point, many of us have met an inept or egocentric leader, and most likely, we are far from achieving this leadership ideal. But this book is a meaningful step, encouraging a better world with more evolved, transcendent leaders who genuinely care about the well-being and contentment of their followers.
The Hidden You and Your Leadership Evolution
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