Leadership Briefs

Shaping Organizational Culture to Stretch Leadership capacity

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
246 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2015
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Author Biography

Dick Daniels is a leadership development strategist. His consulting work with organizations and executive coaching have identified leadership development insights he addresses in Leadership Briefs for front line leaders. His masters and doctoral work focused on adult development. He recently concluded a four year commitment to facilitating a monthly CEO Roundtable for 16 senior leaders in Minneapolis. He is currently the Leadership Development Specialist for Lee Memorial Health System in Ft Myers FL. Lee Memorial is the third largest public hospital in the United States that is privately funded. His work includes the design of a President's Leadership Academy for senior leader development.

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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Leadership Briefs by Dick Daniels covers all the topics one can imagine having a connection with leadership, such as the social graces of memorable leaders, questions for leaders and followers, developing leadership capacity, a leader’s most valuable asset, or sustaining leadership. The content is quite exhaustive and hardly any facet of leadership is left untouched. In each of these areas, the pertinent questions are identified and appropriately answered. Rather than an open ended discussion on leadership, what is envisaged here, I think, is a closed examination of one's preparedness to meet the challenges of leadership. The price one should be prepared to pay for becoming a leader is also discussed. Whether it is criticism, challenge, gossip, or rumor, the leader should be ready to face all.

Leadership Briefs by Dick Daniels is written as a quick reference but also as a holistic guide. The book is replete with bulleted lists, important pointers, and procedural steps to ginger up the topic under study. The author has further enlivened the discussion by including intelligent quotations at all appropriate places, heralding his unique approach. For example, while discussing communication, the quotation from George Bernard Shaw, ‘The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place’ is given, I think, to show that there are many hidden pitfalls in communication, while the message you wish to pass on may be simple. Aphorisms of such nature are provided in many places, signaling the approaching topic.