Book Review #13: Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager, written by Ken Blanchard, and co-authors - Susan Fowler, Laurence Hawkins
Book review written by Aleksandr E Kheyson
Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard is one of those books that, in my opinion, should be present in your library of books in you are interested in leadership and personal development. Not only does the author covers some of the basic principles of leadership and what it means to be a leader but dives deeper in a specific area of leadership called Self Leadership.
I believe that our individual personal development begins with understanding and mastering the art of self leadership. Why? Because how could anyone be a leader to others if he or she is unable or not ready to be a leader within himself or herself? As it is noted in the book "No boss can know and provide the motivation that every individual needs." We as individuals should find that motivation within ourselves and become a leader and source of motivation to others around us.
In the book author discusses the importance for people to challenge our 'assumed constraints,' further defining what 'assumed constraint' is and how it may impact our present and future states.
Also, in this book I enjoyed learning about different points of power, such as 'knowledge power,' 'personal power,' 'relationship power,' ' task power,' and 'position power.' Author does a wonderful job in defining each power and how they apply in self leadership. As it is noted in the book - "you need to know the nature of your strengths - your power - before you can lead yourself." In addition to understanding different points of power, author explains the importance of celebrating your points of points of power.
The other valuable tool covered in the book is the term called 'The Development Continuum' and how it may be used to understand where, as individuals, as leaders, we fall on 'The Development Continuum.' Are you someone who is "High Achiever," "Capable but Cautious," "Disillusioned Learner," or "Enthusiastic Beginne?" If you are interested in learning about each stage on the 'Development Continuum,' the author does a great job in explaining each one and outlining type of support that you may need from your employer, your manager, depending on where you find yourself on the continuum.
I like how leader is defined in the book as "anyone who can give you the support and direction you need to achieve your goal." So, leader is not necessarily who is in position of power, or someone who has a specific title, leader can be anyone who is there to help you and guide you when you need guidance and motivation to keep going and pursuing your personal and professional goals.
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