“I recently had some time as I made some BBQ for the family beach trip. I read a book titled “7 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders” by Amy Chambers, and I must say, it was quite a pleasant surprise. I’ve read many leadership books before, but this one stood out because it doesn’t try to elevate leadership concepts to a status reserved for “Titans of Industry.” Instead, it takes time-tested concepts and weaves them together to create a roadmap for leadership excellence.
The book emphasizes the importance of vision, consistency, and involving others in decision-making, which are all familiar concepts for tenured leaders. However, a roadmap for leadership excellence emerges when you combine these concepts with learning to ask questions, active listening, and creating energy.
What I found particularly compelling about the book is its central concept of reminding you that you are leading others. As a leader, people rely on you to provide vision, be consistent in your direction and focus, and invest in them as people who want to achieve success.
While reading the book, I laughed out loud at about page five when Amy recalled a story. By page ten, I was hooked and taking notes. Overall, I believe this book is a great read for tenured leaders and those new to leadership. If you are a tenured leader, this book will remind you why you want to be a leader. If you are new to leadership, it provides the necessary concepts to become exceptional. The book even stepped on my toes at times as a reminder of key leadership principles, but it was a much-needed wake-up call. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their leadership skills.”
– Rick Kielbasa, Head of Digital