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.
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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.