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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performance by Sylvia Melena is a non-fiction book on how to effectively manage employees and be a successful leader in the workplace. Supportive Accountability is a book that is especially geared towards people in all types of management positions that have employees working under them. Sylvia goes through and analyzes every aspect of leadership in the chapters, provides four broad leadership styles of Supportive Accountability, and explores ways and tips to manage people in detail. She provides several case studies that offer real insight into how to communicate, negotiate, and manage difficult or unproductive employees working under you. Ultimately, this book is not only about how to manage people that are dragging the team down, but also about how to appreciate and reward people who perform well.
Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performance is quite a thorough book on leadership styles and ways to effectively manage people. I really liked the fact that Sylvia has provided actual real life scenarios along with massive amounts of data to support the ideas and tips provided in this book. Obviously quite a lot research has gone into this and although the book is about a business related subject, the mix-and-match style of writing makes this a fun and engaging read. The content does not feel dry at all and I think it would be useful for everyone to read this and not just managers, because some of these insights on how to deal with people are applicable at every level in the workplace!