The Leadership Pill
This is a very short book that’s written as a fable. Basically there are two types of leaders competing to see whose team performs better. One leader is taking a pill that alleges to provide the best qualities a leader needs, while the other leader, who is called The Effective Leader, doesn’t take the supplement and just works his leadership magic with what he calls his secret blend.
There are a few quotes I wanted to capture from the book, most of which come from a recap at the end.
Leadership is not just what happens when you’re there; it’s what happens when you’re not there.
Leadership is not something you do to people, it’s something you do with them.
The three ingredients that make up “the secret blend” for The Effective Leader: integrity, partnership, and affirmation.
- Leading with integrity means being the person you want others to be.
- Trust is what happens when values and behaviors match up.
- People are more apt to trust and respect you when what you say and what you do are one in the same.
- The key to effective leadership is the relationship you build with your team.
- Sharing the big picture puts everyone on the same page.
- It is easier to get up the hill when you climb it together.
- Praise is the easiest way to let people know they are appreciated.
- Each of us has the power to recognize the goodness in others.
- You will go a lot further if you stop to refuel.
Perfecting the blend
- People will think for themselves when you quit doing it for them.
- Leadership is the process of getting everyone to the place they are supposed to go.
- The highest achievement as a leader is winning the respect and trust of your team.