4 out of 4 stars
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“The Four Hats Of Leadership-Be Who Your People Need You To Be” by Drake E. Taylor exemplifies the true roots of becoming a leader and how the roots follow one throughout their lifetime. He surrounds the metaphor of four hats around his journey. Drake E. Taylor makes his concepts relatable and explains key terms that people might not understand if they were never a part of the Air Force. He thoroughly establishes the foundation of leadership with his own order of steps. Taylor not only teaches us how a leader’s presence should be but also the active role they play as leaders. Every single day, we are given the opportunity “to use a different hat”.
Taylor makes references to farming, everyday objects and includes his own personal anecdotes. These are the elements that I liked the most. It instantly grabs the reader’s attention and keeps it! Farming was the perfect comparison to use as the building blocks of leadership. Taylor was extremely clear and focused on every perspective of any situation he was in. By including everyday objects and his own experiences, we were warped into another world. It made us feel more connected; the author is human too. Taylor supports the idea that leadership can be for anyone. He believes in his four hat ideology so much that he mentions it whenever he has the chance to be anyone’s mentor.
However, it would’ve been nice if he included other success stories. Taylor was in multiple leadership roles. He has probably come across tons of inspiration and stories. The least liked element is that it only focuses on his journey. It would’ve been more helpful if we could hear someone else successfully follow his guide.
Regardless, this book deserves a 4 out of 4 review. Taylor strongly emphasizes looking out for his own team in any area of leadership. The more effort put into them, the more you receive back from them. He follows up at the end with resources that a leader can use. This includes a goal questionnaire and a variety of quotes. As he mentioned at the start of the book, the best way to begin a day is through a quote. While it may seem unnecessary, he was able to open many of his team’s thoughts through it.
Overall, it was extremely easy to read and pretty light-hearted. Even when he mentioned the darkest moments, he bought clarity and reason with it. Taylor’s book is perfect for a leader who is just starting out, already one, or wants to become one. Therefore, anyone! Even if becoming a leader is a topic that you are uninterested in, this book will still manage to inspire you in another aspect of your life. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a push to be their best version.
The Four Hats
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