Create Value as a Senior Leader


Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
220 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Create Value as a Senior Leader is a work of non-fiction in the business and self-improvement genres, and was penned by author Shona Elliott. Promising “Effective Strategies to Retain Employees, Increase Engagement, and Achieve Your Organization’s Goals”, this well organized and concise work takes readers through elements such as productivity, motivation, and relationships within the workplace. As many leaders find that their workers are either leaving for better opportunities or are lackluster and unsatisfied in their current work, this book offers tips and practices that can be utilized to build better relationships and engagement, and therefore get much more out of a happier workforce in return.

Author Shona Elliott has produced a really useful and genuine guidebook that focuses on people power without ever being gimmicky or exploitative with regard to that fact. The connection between happiness and high performance is made in a really easy to understand way, developing over different chapters to show how genuine engagement and caring for the workforce is paid back tenfold in terms of a business’s future success. Now more than ever, these practices are to be celebrated and are most needed, and this well-organized guidebook certainly offers a lot, especially when combined with Elliott’s professional but accessible and positive narrative tone. Overall, this makes Create Value as a Senior Leader an essential read for anyone managing a team and looking to help them reach their full potential, and indeed workers who feel unsatisfied could offer these excellent suggestions to their workplace in the future.

Mamta Madhavan

Do you wish you were more connected to your team? Do you imagine a day when you can create more value as a senior leader? Create Value as a Senior Leader: Effective Strategies to Retain Employees, Increase Engagement, and Achieve your Organization's Goals by Shona Elliot gives useful insights to readers on how to connect with their employees in a meaningful way. The book gives excellent tips on where changes can be made to achieve their performance targets, retain their employees, and increase employee engagement and customer satisfaction. The author's strategies and techniques will help one focus on the work to be done as a senior leader in the organization.

Shona Elliot looks at a relevant topic with a unique perspective and will guide readers on how to begin their transformative journey to creating value as a senior leader. The author shares her personal story and experiences and that makes it easy for readers to connect better with her words and to reflect on their careers and see how they can create and provide value as a senior leader. Create Value as a Senior Leader is a good way to identify the journey of creating value as a senior leader by finding time for solving employee retention and engagement problems. It will also help to align leaders and employees with strategic goals and motivate employees positively and effectively to contribute to the success of the organization. The narration is fluid and the style of writing is neat and elegant, making it easy for readers to understand and practice. Shona Elliot's tactics are easy to boost employee engagement and ensure employees feel valued. The book is definitely a good one to create a positive mindset with gratitude.

Vincent Dublado

Managing employees is one of the most challenging tasks for those in the management tier. The expected causal relationship between career satisfaction and managerial effectiveness can prove spurious as frequent turnovers are costly for management. Moreover, the engagement between employees and management requires reciprocity of ideas. Thankfully, we can refer to helpful guides on the matter based on hands-on experience. Shona Elliott’s Create Value as a Senior Leader: Effective Strategies to Retain Employees, Increase Engagement, and Achieve Your Organization’s Goals is a management guide with a title that sums up what you can expect to learn from this book on employee management. She gives you fifteen years of senior leadership experience and shows you creative and strategic steps to minimize manpower turnover and effective employee engagement, as well as creating value as a senior leader. These are essential factors that benefit both the employees and the company as it leads to customer satisfaction and maximum profitability.

The history of employee participation in company building is longstanding, and Shona Elliott continues to sustain this interest through an informative, significantly well-explained focus on employee contribution and how it reflects one’s effectiveness as a senior leader. Each chapter is a strategic stream that introduces us to a better understanding of employee voice in organizational structures, by showcasing the breadth of her time-tested experience with backing from research studies and developed techniques. For anyone who manages a team of people regardless of their number, and if your stimulus is to foster good communication between management and employees, you can find a gem in Create Value as a Senior Leader.

Ruffina Oserio

Create Value as a Senior Leader by Shona Elliott is a leadership book that is beautifully summarized in the subtitle: effective strategies to retain employees, increase engagement, and achieve your organization’s goals. Attrition and lack of engagement can be costly for any business. No business owner wants to train employees and see their best leaving the company for another or, worse, not putting passion into what they do. Good engagement and employee retention are some of the powerful indicators of growth and performance for any company or organization and, in this book, the author shares insights, leadership lessons, and strategies for employee retention and engagement.

Shona Elliott offers insights into why good employees leave their employers and what it takes to keep them, the most important thing employers need to retain their best employees and the secret to building relationships between management and employees that last. In this book, the author articulates brilliantly on a variety of themes, including alignment of goals, the key ingredients to employee engagement, the elements that drive motivation, and a lot more. Create Value as a Senior Leader is written by an author who draws a lot from her leadership experience, and the reader has the impression that she has held nothing back. In writing that is fluid and in a tone that is very confident, Shona Elliott offers professional advice to senior leaders and points to what they absolutely need to build and grow their organization. It is engaging and written in a conversational style that draws the reader into a frank conversation with the author.

Rabia Tanveer

Create Value as a Senior Leader by Shona Elliott is a self-help book for upcoming leaders and startup owners trying to make a mark in the industry. Retaining employees is not an easy task, especially considering current market conditions. This book is great for you if you have a new business that is struggling to keep its employees or you have a startup that you want to grow. The author was a senior leader before she became an author and she has been quite successful at that. In this book, she shares tips that will help you find out why your employees aren’t happy, why they leave your company and are mostly absent. She also shares her secrets to maintaining a good relationship with your employees and how you can keep them happy as they work for you.

Leadership is a quality that is often overlooked and I truly appreciate the author’s efforts to make sure new entrepreneurs are aware of it. You need to have a strategy, you need to keep your employees motivated and you need to make an effort to leave a positive impact on the minds of your employees. I enjoyed how Shona Elliott makes leaders understand how important their influence is. The best thing about Create Value as a Senior Leader is that everyone with leadership aspirations can take many benefits from this book. Her choice of words and language is easy, she doesn’t use technical jargon to confuse the reader; she simply states her tips and allows the reader to digest everything and apply it to their real-life situations. This is a very productive book, one that will help you in building your business and making it successful.