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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Lead to Lift Up Others: Leadership Insights From a Caregiver's Journey by Ross P. Woodstock is a self-help guide that focuses on positive, productive, and progressive leading based on the author's unique perspective as a caregiver to his wife, Sharen. Woodstock begins with his story, waking up one morning to find his wife unresponsive in the den, and the subsequent journey toward rehabilitation following a stroke. His role as a caregiver ultimately provided the most fulfilling “job” of his life and one which he could use to refocus on effective leadership. Over the course of twelve separate and interconnected parts, Woodstock breaks down what he refers to as Leadership Insight, applying highly effective methods with the use of personal experience and stories as both a caregiver and a leadership coach.
I didn't know how Ross P. Woodstock was going to correlate leadership roles and caregiving in a way that linked two seemingly distant, unrelated topics in Lead to Lift Up Others. This confusion was almost immediately cleared up and the natural parallels revealed themselves through Woodstock's clear and succinct narrative. Woodstock is profoundly honest in how he portrays the highs and lows of caregiving and this is where, as a reader, I was able to connect. The standout section to me and my own areas of weakness is in Insight #6, Humility is the Ultimate Strength. The fourth bullet point in the chapter is Be Vulnerable, which flies in the face of everything I've been previously taught about being a leader. Most leaders become hardened under the common understanding of never exposing your flank, but here the argument of admitting mistakes to build credibility makes perfect sense. Overall, Woodstock provides some excellent material that I'd imagine to be incredibly useful to those who read it.