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Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite
Tod Faller’s Lessons For Leaders is an outstanding book for leaders. It is easy to read and understand. Each page is like a file folder. There is a title, reflection, sometimes a quote, and a statement expressing the lesson on that page. There is great wisdom for leaders on each page. Early in the book, “You can not change what you will not accept” jumped out at me. We tend to have an all-about-me attitude. We want everyone else to change when it may be I who needs to change.
The lesson on setting boundaries is one for everyone. This is one even parents can use. Faller offers common-sense advice to leaders, such as learn to listen and, instead of speculating, try discussing. Faller reminds readers/leaders that hearing is not listening. He offers the four A’s of Active Listening. He reminds us to look beyond the behavior (another good one for parents) and to ask, "What brought about the behavior?" There are times when we send mixed messages. We say one thing then do another. Leaders need to be clear and consistent.
One of the most important lessons I got out of the book was on control. “You can’t control anyone for any length of time, but you can always be in control of YOU!” I need that statement branded in my mind. There are also several pages dealing with conflict.
Tod Faller’s Lessons For Leaders is an excellent book for everyone. The lessons are concise, understandable, and much needed. The presentation is excellent and eye-catching. While this book is a quick read, it should be reread frequently.