Here on the Forbes leadership team, we get piles of books on the subject of leadership and self-improvement: A few examples from the last week or so:How to be Exceptional, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, Say It Like Obama and Win!, Leading Apple With Steve Jobs. It would be more than a full-time job to read and review each one.
So it felt like a relief when a pocket-sized volume, just 6” by 4” and 101 pages, arrived, professing to offer leadership wisdom in a condensed format. Tough Truths: The Ten Leadership Lessons We Don’t Talk About, by San Diego consultant Deirdre Maloney, is short, direct, easy to read and thought-provoking.
Of course, ultimately every great leader is different. Any book claiming that all leaders have even ten characteristics in common is inevitably flawed. But Maloney’s points are worth considering, and she illustrates them succinctly, embellished by experiences from her own life. The earlier lessons in the book are the most solid and distinctive. Here is a summary of Maloney’s truths, with a bit of critique.
Susan Adams reviews Though Thruths about #Leadership