I recently finished reading The Radical Leap – A Personal Lesson In Extreme Leadership – by Steve Farber.
This book is a business parable – through the story of the main character Steve, a leadership consultant, in which he uncovers the principles of Extreme Leadership – the Radical LEAP:
“Love generates Energy, inspires Audacity, and require Proof. LEAP, you see, is simply the Extreme Leader’s active, dynamic expression of love.”
A quick entertaining, and educative read. What I particularly liked about this book is the handbook at the end that summarizes the key concepts and how to apply them on a regular basis.
Below are excerpts that I found particularly insightful:
1- “Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations.”
2- “And we follow human beings; we don’t follow idealized icones of unattainable perfection.”
3- “If I love who we are, and if I love what we can be, then I’ll love the process of how we get there. And in order to make it all happen, I will act boldly and courageously and I will, at time, fail magnificently. But my love demands that I try. Demands it.”
4- “Relationships in the world of business are won in analogous ways…by paying nearly obsessive attention to the needs, desires, hopes, and aspirations of everyone who touches your business. By knowing not only when to stand firm on principle – there is such a thing as tough love – but also when to sacrifice some of your own short-term needs in order for us all to be successful in the long run. And by proving through your own actions that you really love your business, your customers, your colleagues, and your employees.”
5- “Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do.”
6- “…management has to stop pretending to be the Great Protector, but the rest of us have to stop askin’ and expectin’ them to be. We gotta get over the whole idea of ‘them,’ as a matter of fact. We need to hold ourselves accountable and stop looking to blame ‘them’ when things go wrong.”
7- “You may not think that you can change the Whole World that we live in (and you may be wrong) but you can certainly change the world – small w – that you and yours live in: the world of your company, the world of your employees, the world of your industry, or the world of your family. To deny that is to deny your capability as a human being.”
8- “Cultivate Love…Generate Energy…Inspire Audacity…Provide Proof”