Authored by Chris Neck and Charles Manz and published by Pearson Education, Limited, the book Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence presents itself as one of the most powerful guides self-improvement to enhance one’s leadership capabilities. As commented by the authors, this is an offer of an awakening process that begins at an individual’s level. It presents the true belief that individuals capable of managing themselves in the best way stand better chances in managing others through leadership skills. In sum, it offers a comprehensive collection of tools and skills that truly empower an individual to personal excellence, brilliance, and perfection of leadership at personal and group levels.
It is worth noting that Chris and Charles approach the issue of leadership mush objectively. In their approach, they offer real-life and existent examples of ways to apply leadership skills and horn them to produce the best of them. Further, it is adequately considered that the vast of these samples draw from across different professions and societal fields in which leadership skills are found and applied. To this extent, they cover active, passive, and other forms of leadership in the corporate world and other entrepreneurial fields. It is also evident that this book contains a collection of research provisions that add to its credibility. Borrowing largely from scholarly sources offered by renowned authors, it endeavors to cultivate improved emotional intelligence, the application of social responsibility, and a broadly improved leadership skill in the overall.
In its presentation, the book journeys through ten chapters and two other sections named as Some Additional Thoughts and an Epilogue. The first three chapters form the foundation of the book. They lay the ground upon which the book gets written. Their titles include: The Journey, Mapping the Route or We Do Choose, and Rough Road, Detours, and Roadblocks or Leading Ourselves to do Necessary but Unattractive Tasks. In the first chapter, they define leadership and establish the sources from which it is pulled and end by establishing that we all engage in individual leadership by leading ourselves. Thus, the book emphasizes the relevance and need for self-leadership. A peer follows this into the factors we must consider when choosing the paths of leadership to take. In this, the authors outline both external and internal; personal factors involved in the choice of leadership. Chapter three establishes the strategies relevant to enhancing self-leadership. In these, the ability to apply self-generated strategies is contrasted with existing world strategies to settle on the best interpretations of an individual’s scores.
The next four chapters cultivate the take-off in one’s journey to self-leadership and apply them to its application in team leadership. Overviewing the relevance of natural rewards, activities relating to natural power, and the way to enhance this, the book goes ahead to kick off the psychological journey that establishes the power in mind in preparation for a take-off to the thinking-travel that sums leadership. The whole of these directions on thinking gets summed up in two chapters that establish thinking as a central tool for establishing and enhancing personal and team leadership abilities. To sum up this part of the book, the authors conjoin various mental aspects, balancing, and self-leadership tools to achieve greater team leadership.
Considerations towards achieving the greatest self-leadership outcomes are probably found in the last chapter of the book, which runs from chapters eight to ten. The beginning of these chapters is characterized by real-life examples that make learning self-leadership even easier. Using various tale perspectives, the authors sum up the book in the last chapter, named The Journey Completed. This is purely based on thoughts of Personal Effectiveness, where the authors finally outline it as the greatest tool for achieving self and team leadership.
Considerably, the concepts presented in this book achieve the essence of the purpose for which the book is written. Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence: It may seem an easy goal to achieve. However, only after one reads the text, they realize the authors took time and did incisive research on the real issues that determine how self and team leadership is controlled and propelled. The concepts presented in the book are quite useful: they awaken one’s hidden self, remind individuals of their secret leadership abilities, and equip them with real tools to improve where they have limitations.
Perhaps, the fact that the book is a collection of information from varied resources makes it one of the strongest in its field. Added to this strength is the fact that it still applies psychological, psychosocial, and other effective tools in applying its concepts. Further still are the fact that varied professional and societal perspectives are considered in its applications. Examples of these include leadership in academics, corporations, other businesses, and administrative units.
Substantially, the book altered my way of thinking in various approaches. One of such is the understanding of the application of integrative frameworks in applying self-leadership growth and development. This would entail integrating the environment, individual abilities, and skills of other individuals to achieve self and team leadership.
- Neck, Christopher P, and Charles C Manz. Mastering Self-Leadership. 1st ed. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2010. Print.