The Missing Pieces


Business books, particularly ones focused on leadership and managing, are among the very top bestsellers in bookdom. One of the top bestsellers right at the moment is Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. There are also always the perennial favorites, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, and Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson.

You’d think there would be better leaders and awesome managers with all the copies of leadership and management books – but no.

Just as it’s tough to learn how to cook from a cookbook or how to draw from a drawing book (the example above is an exaggeration, but still – I swear I’ve gotten instructions like this before), learning to lead a team, a company, or a project takes more than reading books.

How have you learned to lead? How much from books? From other people? From school? From other experiences?

As a middle manager, where have you found the missing pieces and are there pieces still missing?

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