What the book's about: H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick is about the characteristics of a leader, which include being humble, staying hungry, and always hustling.
Why I read this book: I try to always be reading a leadership book. This practice enables me to consistently grow as a leader, especially as I'm in the midst of leading teams of both adult and student leaders as well as writing a book about student leadership. Since I enjoyed Lomenick's earlier book, The Catalyst Leader, I thought I'd read this one as well.
My favorite quotes from the book:
- "Your realness will attract the next generation way more than your relevancy. People would rather follow a leader who is always real versus a leader who is always right."
- "We impress people through our strengths, but we truly connect with people through our weaknesses and areas of struggle."
- "True creativity is discerning and it balances the need for 'new' with patience and perseverance."
- "In a culture where quitting is normal, be crazy enough to stay committed, foolish enough to be faithful, and stupid enough to stick with it!"
- "Leadership is a choice, not a position. Be the leader you wish you had. A title or position doesn't automatically make you a leader. Influence makes you a leader. Forced followership doesn't count."
- "Lack of unity usually comes from insecurity."
- "Once you become the expert, your responsibility is to give away what you know."
- "The best way to shore up your legacy is to effectively hand it off to your successors. Part of our responsibility is to pass on the torch - success requires succession."
Who I'd recommend this book for: Anyone who wants to grow as a leader.