BOOK REVIEW: The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders
by Daniel Harkavy
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
According to CEO and executive coach Daniel Harkavy, effective leadership boils down to just two things: your decisions and influence. Good decisions lead to strong results, which in turn increase your influence. If you get these two things right, your leadership effectiveness improves.
But as all leaders know, it’s not that easy, especially in today’s fast-paced, complex, and connected environment. To make the best decisions and have maximum impact, you need to see your business from seven perspectives:
– current reality
– long-term vision
– strategic bets
– the team
– the customer
– your role
– the outsider
Drawing upon his 25 years of experience as a successful CEO and executive coach,
and including conversations and thinking from more than 20 well-known business and organizational leaders, Daniel Harkavy unpacks a proven framework you can implement for immediate results in your organization’s culture and performance. If you’re looking to improve your leadership, this book will give you a straightforward framework to do so.
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The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders is a good book, but I couldn’t give it a rating higher than 3 stars. Fairly early into the book, it became very clear to me that this book is for business owners. I was able to glean some nuggets of wisdom from the book, but once I realized that by “leadership” Daniel Harkavy means “business ownership,” the majority of the book became less applicable to me.
I think if you own a business and want to work on your leadership effectiveness, this book is worth the read. But for anyone else in leadership, skip it. There are plenty of great books out there for “leaders.” Don’t waste your time on this one.
“Your leadership effectiveness will be determined by just two things: the decisions you make and the influence you have.” – @DanielHarkavyTweet