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Remarkable Leadership:
Unleashing Your Leadership Potential One Skill at a Time

by Kevin Eikenberry

      If you want to take charge in your life then you must read Remarkable Leadership: Unleashing Your Leadership Potential One Skill at a Time by Kevin Eikenberry. The book says everything you've heard before but, the difference is Eikenberry gives you a new way of hearing it again. Using a new instruction technique, Eikenberry walks you through each skill with now steps. In each chapter the reader is given ways to apply what has been read in what I call "real time," meaning immediately. I personally fell in love with that.

Right away the reader learns how to develop a beginner's mind. To quote Eikenberry repeating the words of Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, "If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few." Once a reader develops this mind-set, a true desire to learn is instilled. Eikenberry shows you how to obtain this mind-set through actual steps to understanding why learning is important ,and what the learning cycle truly is. This new school of thought (beginner's mind) is an eye opener to analyzing how to become a remarkable leader.

Having distinguished thirteen of the core competencies in all remarkable leaders, Eikenberry explains them with examples (drawing a tree) then shows you how to apply them in your "real time." If you want to know how drawing a tree is part of being a remarkable leader, you have to read the first four chapters before moving forward. Although the book will read as if it is written for an organization, every competency discussed is to be applied to an individual. As Eikenberry implied, no group / team is functional without a remarkable leader. Having your own business or being part of an organization as the manager / supervisor requires knowing how to lead. Leaders guide others and Eikenberry's book helps you understand how to do it "remarkably."

Overall, the book is an easy read and can be tailored for the reader through reading the book completely or each chapter separately as it applies to you. Each chapter allows you to work on specific weakness along with boosting your strengths. A profound statement made by Eikenberry was "Remarkable leaders are those who lead and develop others." And his book shows you how to become that remarkable leader.

The Book

September 2007
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The Reviewer

Sylvia McClain
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Sylvia McClain is the author of The Write Life: A Beginning Writer's Guide to Writing, Money Management, Publishing and Marketing, Skipping Through Life: The Reason I Am and editor of the Scribal News Calendar, a newsletter of writer events and happenings.
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