Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Dare to Un-Lead: The Art of Relational Leadership in a Fragmented World by Céline Schillinger is an innovative take on leadership concepts. In the author’s own words, she recognizes a global need to adapt from traditional models of leadership to something that will propel us forward. The concepts the book presents give us a quantum leap forward in work and management practices. These recognize the value of respect for individual persons while generating greater economic value with no need for complicated scientific methods. Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity are the three universal values in reinventing leadership and making our workplaces more equal and our jobs more gratifying. It is a concept that is people-focused, where everyone’s contribution is duly recognized to activate a new model of leadership.
Dare to Un-Lead offers insightful perspectives that challenge age-old practices and beliefs on leadership. Céline Schillinger’s real-life examples should serve as a wake-up call for us to spring into action. Schillinger writes about her journey with ease, and it leads you to reflect on the need to redefine leadership and collective work to fit into the ever-changing dynamics of our socio-political and economic climate. Given the revolutionary and unique perspective that this business book presents, many of you may disagree. But we can all agree with Schillinger’s core message that the workplace should no longer be a mere work area but a place that becomes an extension of what many look for in a balance of productivity and well-being. This book must be read by everyone, especially those who are exercising their leadership and management skills.