Updated: Oct 3, 2019
You can read all the Leadership books on the planet and still be a horrible leader. I have come across many in my lifetime. In fact, when I criticize well read horrible readers both online and in my speaking courses, guess who usually comes at me, telling me I'm wrong? Yup, you guessed it! The folks I am talking about.
The best leaders I have come across may have read leadership books. In fact, most of them probably have. I'm not here to disparage Leadership books, there are some really good ones out there. But the best examples of leadership came from the way the Leader approached their particular occupation. Yes, you need to have good management skills, but it starts with the simple premise that Leadership is a character trait, not an academic achievement. All the learning in the world won't make up for how you wake up to face your career.
When you know why you do what you do, when you are passionate about doing what you do, and when you want both you and your team to succeed, the rest can fall into place.