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Reviewed by Randy B. Lichtman for Readers' Favorite
The basics of leadership are well described in Dr. Carrie A. Picardi’s book, Leadership Essentials You Always Wanted to Know. For professionals interested in a better understanding of types of leadership and ways to become a more effective leader in normal times and times of change, this is an excellent book. As leaders explore how they can become more effective in meeting the challenges of a crisis, which is occurring with our current pandemic, it is helpful to begin looking closer at ourselves as leaders.
Dr. Picardi is effective in her descriptions of the various leadership attributes and leadership styles. She covers the main styles which are taught at both the Bachelor's and Master's levels. The structure of the book is effective as she introduces what leadership is, the attributes of leaders, development of leadership behavior theory, power and influence, and covers situational and contingency as well as charismatic and transformational leadership very effectively. Once we learn about the basics, she leads us with action steps as we develop our teams for leadership, develop a highly ethical leadership style (essential for every organization) and finally lead a thriving organization. Each chapter ends with a summary of the important points and a quiz for those who want to test their ability.
Some theory books are written to simply follow the regular academic class; however, this book points the reader to take action as they consider who they are and how they can become a more effective leader. I can easily see Leadership Essentials You Always Wanted to Know by Dr. Carrie A. Picardi being used in corporate department meetings, retreats, noncredit classes, and seminars very effectively as it focuses on the important leadership models which can make us more effective leaders. A concise and well-explained book!