5.0 out of 5 stars Vulnerability is Power, July 21, 2011
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This review is from: Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Hardcover)
I was reading John Hope Bryant's book at a time as I was about to leave my employer. Times have been rough in the department and a high number of unsatisfied employees were leaving month by month. Primarily, it was not the work that was tough on us, but the missing leadership from my management as well as employees who made it to their daily task to engage in mean gossip (including me).
Negativity spread quickly throughout the department and a highly explosive combination of prejudice, disconnection with your employer, lack of integrity and fear from BOTH sides, managers and subordinates) caused the place to come to a halt and get anybody pulled into the swirl of negativity and pure evilness.
LOVE LEADERSHIP adresses exactly these issues in its book and gives one some very helpful advice how to overcome the leadership obstacles so often observed in corporations and every day life.
My favorit quote "an organization of empowered leaders will outperform a top-down, command-control organization every time." Command and control are a sign of fear gripping you as a manager or leader, afraid losing your power (rather pseudo-power). And John Hope Bryant's personal mantra "doing good by doing well", should be the credo of the 21st century.
Almost every situation or issue described in this book, I have observed or experienced myself. And the solutions offered by the author seem so simple yet so powerful. "You do not need to like everybody, not even your enemy, but never fail to love them, then we all are God's children deserving to be loved". And if you instill this in you, you have a very powerful tool to overcome and conquer anything you face in life.
The most surprising aspect of LOVE LEADERSHIP is that John Hope Bryant was not afraid to speak about his personal and professional mistakes he has made, and this gives me a true sense of hope. We live in a world, where we are pressured to become millionairs and at best with the age of 10. Everything has to happen as soon as possible in our life, otherwise you are quickly considered as a failure. On contrary, the message John Hope Bryant is spreading is: "It is never too late in life!" It does not matter if you are 20 or 40 or 60 years old, live now, do something now and stop dwelling in your past.
Success stories are nice and there more than enough of them out there. Superhumans everywhere. But stories of failure and overcoming them, and confessing that you are still far from perfect, that made me connect with John Hope Bryant's book.
Thank you John for giving back the most powerful tool we all possess "LOVE".