A book recommendation from Dan Beaulieu.
Leadership (The Brian Tracy Success Library)
By: Brian Tracy
I have read all of the books in Brian Tracy’s Success Library and found them all equally useful as well as readable and interesting. What I like about his newest book is that everything you need to be a great leader is right here in this very short, but very concise, volume.
From learning how to be a leader:
- Be action oriented;
- Have a vision;
- Have a plan;
- Know where you are going;
- Lead by example.
With just a few minutes reading, Tracy allows you to discover all you need to develop into a strong leader.
But hold on–this book is much more important than that. This is what I call a “right-hand drawer book.” It’s the kind of inspiration stimulation tool you refer to again and again as you develop into a true leader.
Here, for example, are Tracy’s four basic steps to becoming a better leader:
- Do more of certain things. Do more of those things that are of greater value to you and more important to achieving your results as a leader.
- Do less of certain things. At the same time, you must deliberately decide to reduce the amount of time you spend on certain activities that impede your success as a leader.
- Start to do those things you aren’t doing that you need to be doing. What are the skills, competencies, or knowledge that you need to succeed as a leader? Identify them and then either acquire them or learn them.
- Stop doing certain things altogether. There may be certain activities that are no longer relevant to your goals as a leader…what was once important is no longer important and should no longer take up your time.
From the chapter on how to handle yourself in a crises:
- Stay calm;
- Be confident in your abilities;
- Dare to go forward;
- Get the facts;
- Take control;
- Cut your loses;
- Manage the crises;
- Communicate constantly;
- Identify your constraints;
- Unleash your creativity;
- Keep things simple;
- Never compromise your integrity; and
- Persist until you succeed.
I know that many of us have heard and read these things before, but, then again, the truth is the truth and great is advice is just that–great advice. I look at this particular chapter as that fire extinguisher behind the glass you break in case an emergency or, in this case, a crisis.
I can say with one 100% honesty that I’ve used Tracy’s books in this way. I have used them as an emergency tool when I get intoa jam. I just take a deep breath, open my right-hand drawer, and read through the appropriate book until I find something that helps me to find the solution. You should try it…it works.