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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.