Leadership is for the humble in spirit, compassionate in heart and analytic in mind. They push for winners, encouraging their team to do their best, to press on and never give up.

Michaela, Judith and I (Emylee) have had the privilege to learn about leadership while in Brantford. We have met with Layne Beckner Grime whom is the Co-founder of Jono and Laynie Photography and Founder of Francis Becks Consulting every Thursday morning. We discuss and answer questions about leadership books.

Our goal was to read three leadership books, over three months. We have read two so far as we are in our second month. The leadership books have been "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John C. Maxwell and "First, Break All The Rules What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently" by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.

I learned from the first book that “When leaders become self-centered, pessimistic, or rigid in their thinking, they often hurt their organization because they are likely to fall in the the trap of thinking they cannot or should not change (Maxwell, 2007, pg. 95). As leaders, we have to think more positive and listen to other people's’ ideas, otherwise the organization is unable to change, develop and grow.

From the second book, I was intrigued with this concept. A company should not force every manager to manage his people in exactly the same way. Each manager will and  should employ his own style. What a company can and should, do is keep every manager focused on the four core activities of the catalyst role: select a person, set expectations, motive the person and develop the person (Buckingham & Coffman,1999, pg. 65).

Managers should not be forced into specific molds but instead be given “the right tools” to complete their jobs with the freedom to be themselves (Buckingham & Coffman, pg. 28)

Leadership is difficult, challenging and rewarding at the same time. Leaders finish the work that needs to be done with a humbling spirit. They are not usually encouraged or thanked enough for the work that they complete.

Works Cited

Buckingham M. & Coffman C. (1999). First, Break All the Rules What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Maxwell J. (2007). The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Tennessee: Thomas Nelson.