Leadership by Insanity

Moving from Ego-driven to Soulful, Heartfelt Leadership

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
226 Pages
Reviewed on 09/08/2011
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Author Biography

As a certified Life Coach, consultant, corporate trainer and executive, Sheryl’s primary focus is helping people discover, own and revel in their own greatness. Sheryl specializes in empowering others to discover their true genius and realize their heart and soul’s desire. She offers a wealth of experience, expertise and talent accumulated from a dynamic business career spanning 38 years, holding Management and Senior Leadership positions in Operations, Human Resources and Business Integration for a top Fortune 500 corporation.

Sheryl’s experiences in life and in Corporate America gifted her with knowledge, understanding, wisdom and humor. Having held 19 different positions ranging from the ground floor to line management to executive leadership, Sheryl has managed retail outlets, multiple departments and various disciplines. She has led the deployment of major corporate initiatives, facilitated and led key corporate strategic approaches for a vast array organizational stakeholders.

As a leader of teams ranging in size from four to four hundred, Sheryl has applied the learning’s from those experiences into the key messages of her writings. Exposing the obvious, while sharing her own pitfalls and vulnerabilities, coupled with her experience and wisdom as a life coach, this author offers the reader simple, practical alternatives to their current leadership methods.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

Author Sheryl WithanS takes her own experiences and creates this very fundamental workbook that applies not just to business but to life. Leadership By Insanity whittles away at attitudes, ethics, etiquette, personality flaws, workplace behavior and home-life a little at a time through each chapter and worksheet. By book's end, the reader, if completely honest with themselves and the quizzes, will have no choice but to have learned about the things buried deep inside themselves that causes them to act the way they do.

The author continually strives to get across the points that "The only one you can change is you." She highly recommends daily affirmations. Skills and new found knowledge are meant to break the patterns and start anew in a more positive, fulfilling manner. As a society, most become desensitized; the points Ms. WithanS makes allows the reader to see the flaws and a route to take instead.

There is a continual pattern throughout: change your heart, change your attitude. Plan your life the way you want to live it. Prioritize then let go. These are just a few of the many wonderful points she makes.

My favorite chapter was the one that discussed the need to switch modes from business to home. I myself have been guilty of not leaving work at work--never a good idea. I thoroughly enjoyed penciling my way through this very insightful work; it is truly something that can be used both in the workplace and at home. I plan to go back in a year and do it again, to see how much has changed. Highly recommend!