I just had the honour and pleasure to review & strongly recommend this book ( please see: http://t.co/wSWP5P4c ) — this post is a companion to the review.
Just a few brief comments on each of the Five/5 action steps – I simply cannot say often enough how radical ( in the best possible way) this “upside down pyramid” really is! The sooner it is adopted in the West, whether in communities, small businesses, government, educational institutions, or non-profits, the better off we’ll all be.
BUILD on Strength
Very valuable! Dale Carnegie taught 75+ years ago how important it was to talk of your own mistakes (e.g, areas of improvement, weaknesses) first. Additionally, his landmark book cited the story of Charles Schwab & how important it is to praise and show appreciation often. Same concept/action here: focus on your followers’ strengths, as well as your own. Surround yourself with those who have strengths that you yourself don’t = interdependency.
BLAZE the Trail
Kevin Hall spoke of a pathfinder in his amazing book, ‘Aspire‘ – a serving leader is much the exact same!
RAISE the Bar
The book does an excellent job delving into this topic. In a culture/society that all too often defines standards ever lower, and mediocrity reigns, a serving leader does the exact opposite from the herd/crowd & “conventional” wisdom. He/She asks aspiring serving leaders & their followers to dream bigger, serve more, and never settle.
UPEND the Pyramid
Awesome and eye opening perspective! The true leader, one who serves first, moves his/her way to the BOTTOM of the well known pyramidal/hierarchial diagram.
RUN to GREAT Purpose
Purpose, after all, is Resolution #1. It is also the ‘sweet spot’ from Jim Collins’ “hedgehog concept”. Undoubtedly, a steel x enamel x rock foundation point on the pyramid.
Please check out the recommendation/review, order this book, and you’ll not regret your decision, even for a second.