I am a slow learner. I like to tell people that my mind is like a piece of steel – it is hard to scratch, but once the scratch is there, it is there forever. My brain is "scratched" quite easily by books that awaken something inside of me, however, and Bryant's book did just that. Leadership books are all the rage these days, and everyone seems to be attending leadership retreats, leadership conferences, leadership seminars, and obtaining entire degrees in leadership. Most leadership books I have read are heavily researched, and while these books are incredibly useful, for me, they were lacking a piece for which I was yearning – authenticity and genuineness. Mr. Bryant's book gave me those things. As I was reading, I truly felt as though my soul was awakened.
He focuses on five tenets: Loss creates leaders, Fear fails, Love makes money, Vulnerability is power, and Giving is getting. Each of these tenets is based in the belief that every decision we make – every decision – is based upon two emotions: Love and Fear. Love leads to success, and fear leads to failure. As many of us have experienced in life, the success of love and the failure of fear do not always become immediately apparent. But eventually, the path always leads to the same end-point.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is currently in a leadership position, anyone who hopes to one day be in a leadership position, and anyone who feels unfulfilled in a current occupation. If you are of the latter category, you will quickly discover that one of the reasons you may be feeling unfulfilled, is because your leader is basing decisions on the wrong emotion.