The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book

Inclusive of Language Usage, Networking, Theories, Culture as well as Funding of Business Enterprises

Non-Fiction - Self Help
114 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2021
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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite

In the epilogue to The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book by Velma Osborne, the author states, "Changes in quality of life, as well as increased income, have been projected for all who read this book." This statement shows the author’s commitment to the views and suggestions she writes about. It is her goal to reach those just entering the business world and even seasoned veterans who may be struggling. The book is very well organized into seven chapters with an introduction and epilogue, and an extensive list of references including well-known business writers such as John Maxwell, Bruce Kasanoff, Joyce Myers, Jane Hyun, Audrey S. Lee, and Willey Jolley, to name a few. She also uses her own acquired knowledge gained through personal experience.

What I liked most about Ms. Osborne’s work is how she broke down her chapters into specific sub-topics. For instance, in Chapter One where she talks about the qualities of a leader, she expounds upon discipline, generosity, expertise, trustworthiness, open-mindedness, and when she comes to persistence, she uses Nelson Mandela as an example along with William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus. In her chapter Communication Expertise for Leaders, she presents a fascinating comparison of speaking styles between Romney and Obama in their run for president. I won’t tell you who Ms. Osborne thinks was the winner. Of course, the purpose of the comparison is not political but as an example of an effective presentation. It is quite possible that The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book by Velma Osborne will soon find itself beside the major how-to books for business leaders and for those hoping to become one.

Edith Wairimu

Church leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, project leaders, and anyone in a leadership position or who aspires to become a leader will learn and grow from reading The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book: Inclusive of Language Usage, Networking, Theories, Culture as well as Funding of Business Enterprises by Dr. Velma Osborne. A leader is described in the book as someone who is in a launching position. They formulate job descriptions, have influence, and are innovators. The book delves into the attitudes of leaders and followers that can propel or prevent their business from becoming successful. It recognizes the significance of effective, strategic leadership in reducing costs, motivating employees, and attaining overall business growth.

The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book’s content is wide-ranging and examines various types of leaders and business aspects. The distinctive features, benefits, and drawbacks of different types of businesses are also discussed. Language usage, funding, and elements of Christian leadership are also explored. Every chapter is divided into comprehensible sub-sections that examine each topic more closely. Lists are provided which make specific points easy to identify and recall. Personal and general accounts explain the points and make the book interesting. The work also includes citations from other sources which expand it and the bibliography provides a list of external sources for further reading. Personality traits are included as the book explains how introverts can be leaders and how extroverted leaders face specific challenges. The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book by Dr. Velma Osborne is an extensive, educative guide for leaders serving in different capacities.

Sefina Hawke

The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book (Inclusive of Language Usage, Networking, Theories, Culture as well as Funding of Business Enterprises) by Dr. Velma Osborne is a nonfiction self-help book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who are either in a leadership position or interested in obtaining a leadership position in the future. This book offers help to people who are new to leadership regardless of whether their leadership position is that of a career leader, club leader, or educational leader. Are you ready to learn how to grow and improve as a leader?

The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book by Dr. Velma Osborne is a very well-written book that offers a valuable store of leadership knowledge designed to be understood by leadership novices and experts alike. As someone who is currently pursuing a degree in Industrial and Organizational psychology, I personally found this book to be a treasure trove of knowledge that was presented in a manner that kept me interested. I liked that the author did not write this book like a dry textbook but rather as a self-help style book. It made it feel like the book was there to help me expand my leadership knowledge instead of drowning me in dry facts like a textbook. Personally, I believe this book should be a required read for the intro to I-O psychology course as it does a much better job of inspiring interest in leadership than any of the textbooks do.

Astrid Iustulin

It often happens that many of us aspire to leadership positions but do not know where to start. Perhaps some lack even the most essential thing; self-esteem. This usually depends on a lack of knowledge or wrong information, but luckily those who want to learn always have the possibility of remedying this situation. In Dr. Velma Osborne's The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book, both established and aspiring leaders will find new inspiration and ideas. Thanks to a concise but comprehensive account of essential topics such as the basics of leadership, dispositions, theories, and communication, this guide is the ideal companion for those wishing to delve into a subject as fascinating and complex as this one.

The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book is an excellent book. Dr. Velma Osborne has condensed all the essential information that every aspiring leader should know, and she has done it in the clearest and simplest way. The chapters are not long, which is a great advantage for professionals with little time at their disposal; they will have the opportunity to deepen the subject of their choice without taking time away from their work. For my part, I found the section dedicated to the differences between a family business and other businesses extremely interesting because it opened my eyes to their differences. Overall, The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book presents valuable information about each topic and helps to clarify it with very effective examples. Dr. Osborne is a writer who will not disappoint her readers and has made a useful contribution that every leader will appreciate.

Vincent Dublado

Dr. Velma Osborne breaks down the basics of leadership in her layman-friendly The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book: Inclusive of Language Usage, Networking, Theories, Culture as well as Funding of Business Enterprises. Consider this work as an orientation that will allow you to glean valuable ideas that will enlighten your concept of leadership and yield favorable results for your business practices. Divided into seven chapters, this book begins at the baseline level of the subject and proceeds to discuss integral leadership structures such as attitudes, organization, comparative analysis, mechanics, group types, and providential leadership. Based on these presented topics, this book is a treasure trove that not only benefits business leaders but also anyone who is at the helm of any organizational body including the religious sector.

The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book is concise and Dr. Osborne wastes no time in giving you the bare bones of what you need to know. The application of the best practices that you will obtain here is her gift to you. As the dynamics of organizational structures continue to evolve, and with the entrance of millennials into the scenario, it is expected that big changes will continue to happen in the workforce. Similarly, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the reshaping of the way we perform our jobs and remote leadership enters the scene. The best part about this book is that it openly discusses and presents conducted studies to recognize the essential nature of collaboration and group interactions that are both relational and situational. In the ever-changing workplace, this book is highly recommended to refine your insights about leadership.