Lead to Lift Up Others

Leadership Insights From a Caregiver's Journey

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
180 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2021
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Author Biography

I am is an executive coach/leadership consultant/author/speaker with Kolt Communications in Okemos, Michigan. I help individuals and teams from middle management to the C-Suite achieve sustainable growth in their careers.

I am a certified Leadership Fitness Trainer through the Fit Leader’s Program™, which I teach within several organizations including the State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Corrections, GreenStone Farm Credit Services and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. I am a co-facilitator in the Leadership Lansing program through the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. I am credentialed in the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ and regularly conduct team building trainings within organizations. I am also a certified DiSC instructor.

I am passionate about leadership and the need for more great leaders in our organizations, families and communities. I have had a desire to write a book for some time. My wife Sharem suffered a devastating stroke in 2007 which left her disabled. In serving as a caregiver and observing her steadfast determination, positivity and resilience to overcome challenges she has faced, it occured to me that the characteristics she was demontrating in the face of those challenges were the same characteristics that make great leaders. That was the genesis for my book, Lead to Lift Up Others.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Lead to Lift Up Others: Leadership Insights From a Caregiver's Journey by Ross P. Woodstock is a self-help guide that focuses on positive, productive, and progressive leading based on the author's unique perspective as a caregiver to his wife, Sharen. Woodstock begins with his story, waking up one morning to find his wife unresponsive in the den, and the subsequent journey toward rehabilitation following a stroke. His role as a caregiver ultimately provided the most fulfilling “job” of his life and one which he could use to refocus on effective leadership. Over the course of twelve separate and interconnected parts, Woodstock breaks down what he refers to as Leadership Insight, applying highly effective methods with the use of personal experience and stories as both a caregiver and a leadership coach.

I didn't know how Ross P. Woodstock was going to correlate leadership roles and caregiving in a way that linked two seemingly distant, unrelated topics in Lead to Lift Up Others. This confusion was almost immediately cleared up and the natural parallels revealed themselves through Woodstock's clear and succinct narrative. Woodstock is profoundly honest in how he portrays the highs and lows of caregiving and this is where, as a reader, I was able to connect. The standout section to me and my own areas of weakness is in Insight #6, Humility is the Ultimate Strength. The fourth bullet point in the chapter is Be Vulnerable, which flies in the face of everything I've been previously taught about being a leader. Most leaders become hardened under the common understanding of never exposing your flank, but here the argument of admitting mistakes to build credibility makes perfect sense. Overall, Woodstock provides some excellent material that I'd imagine to be incredibly useful to those who read it.