During the 18 years that I have been building my Brand Leadership businesses, I have learned a heck of a lot the long, hard way. Over time I have read some incredible books that enabled me to accelerate my Brand Leadership success and I thought it might be helpful to you if I share my top three Leadership books here for you to take a shortcut or two!
My top three favourite books that have greatly helped me to learn these lessons before it was too late are:
Why is Ego number 1 at the top of my Brand Leadership list?
This book has totally transformed the way I am leading in my relationships, my business and my communities. As Mary Gregory, the author of this powerful book on leadership so beautifully says, ‘It would be so easy if everyone was just like us, but it's the diversity of different personalities and backgrounds that makes for a rich world and successful organisations.’
Having built nine businesses all around the Brand Leadership topic over the last 18 years, I've worked with hundreds of people from freelancers, outsourcers and contractors to building my own in-house teams. I've had to fully embrace the particular sentence above after learning the valuable lesson that when I employ other people like me because I like them, it’s great because we all get on, but we go around in circles very unproductively! I had to fully embrace bringing people into my business that are totally different to me to ensure all of the best outcomes are achieved. This doesn’t come easily for a creative like me!
So I personally love this book and I couldn't put it down. All of the valuable lessons, the stories, the insights and the real life examples that Mary has shared with us has enabled me to really reflect on my own experiences and what I could do better to improve the way that I continue to lead and influence utilising my most critical asset, my team. But it all starts with me and I take full responsibility for that. I’ve learned so much from this book and have also been reminded of a lot of things as well.
In many ways it's really helped me to master my communication skills, not only in the business to refine them and shape them, but there were a few little sharp edges that I was able to round off from reading this book. It has also helped me at home in all my relationships with my kids, with my husband and with my extended family.
I would just encourage you, no matter what you're leading in - whether you're leading your household, someone else's team, your own business, freelancers, outsourcers, or all of the above ... if you are at all in any way responsible for shaping somebody else's future, including your own, then I wholeheartedly recommend that if you haven't bought this book yet, go and get it!
I have read hundreds of books on all kinds of Brand Leadership and general Leadership books over the years and what I would say having now read ‘Ego – Get Over Yourself And Lead’, is that this book actually brought it all together and made sense of everything that I already knew. If you want to be able to master the difference between when your ego is helping you to survive and when it's moving out of your way so that you can thrive, you will learn some great things about yourself that enable you to lead yourself and others in a far easier way.
You can get the Kindle version or you can get the physical version. I personally really love a physical version, even though I was one of the first to go and get it when Mary launched the Kindle version. But I just like I just like a physical book as well as the Kindle because I just love to flip through it. I love the smell of a book (yes I'm a bit weird like that!), but there is something about the physical ‘in my hands’ book experience that takes my learning to a whole other level. Go and grab your copy now on Amazon if you don't already have it!
So what did I learn from Brené Brown and Napoleon Hill?
The top five takeaways I got from these books are...
1. If you have to raise your voice then you’ve already lost
2. You are 100% responsible for your results
3. The meaning of your communication is the response you get
4. Your map of the world is not the only map
5. Your ego will protect you at all costs, but how do you know when it’s supporting you to thrive instead of just survive
It seems that the best way to lead in a way that creates an authentic win-win situation is to remind ourselves of Mary Gregory's core message... get over yourself and lead!
To watch my video review of 'Ego - Get Over Yourself And Lead' click on the video icon below...
I'd love to hear about your favourite Leadership books in the comments below as I'm looking to add to my favourite books collection.
Until next time, keep shining!
Lots of love