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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Don't Lead Alone: Think Like a System, Act Like a Network, Lead Like a Movement! by Cleveland Justis and Daniel Student is a business self-help guide to energize the way we view partnerships. Justis and Student explain the concept of their method through the metaphor of an ecosystem where the edges of a habitat are more productive and diverse. This fringe element should also apply to businesses and organizations in the way we collaborate with others outside of the insular blinkers we are so comfortable wearing. Broken down into three distinct but interconnected parts, the guide shows readers how to make meaningful, informed, actionable, and substantive progress toward leading effectively, together.
The generation that eviscerated the “because I said so” method of parenting is now middle-aged and firmly established in leadership roles. I think that Don't Lead Alone could not have come at a better time, or to a more receptive group of leaders. It may be difficult reforming an entire mindset, let alone completely overhaul an organization, but Cleveland Justis and Daniel Student provide a comprehensive map of how to get it done and what to do once you have. I like the three-stage framework of observing and thinking, building and acting, then leading. The evidence provided by way of case studies includes examples such as the success of The Presidio Council, which was made up of members who wore the hats of several sectors, and who elevated a national treasure beyond the status of a national park. What sets this book apart is its visionary mindset and approach, and I think it should be required reading for those who want more than to lead while huddling in the safety of 'the middle'. Go to the edge. Highly recommended.