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"The essence of good leadership is not activities or behavior." These are the sagacious words of author Kelly Odell in The Human Way: The Ten Commandments for (Im)Perfect Leaders. Odell has been practicing his people-centered brand of management for over 20 years for European-based corporations. His experiences have led to debunking myths pertaining to employee engagement, personality and IQ tests, the requirements for the transition from management to leadership, and the realization that "good social skills" is subjective. This how-to guide can help you understand the leadership territory, but you must choose the path and ultimately the destination. You must also be willing to make mistakes and question your deeply held beliefs. Most importantly, you should consider his ten commandments that demonstrate the fact that how you think about people, motivation, power and relationships are actually more important than what you think.
The cover illustration of a maze aptly depicts a leadership labyrinth. This book serves as an inspirational guide and comprehensive case study filled with chapters that discuss every aspect of leadership. Tips, references and supplements are included and prompt a deeper understanding. Odell was trained as a minister but later studied at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. He is the former head of Tella Mobile in Sweden and has served as a consultant and lecturer. This nonfiction business reference is Kelly Odell's first book, but it has the potential to become a classic business tool among employees and thought leaders. The Human Way is highly recommended.