Book review: Fierce Leadership

Emma De Vita reviews the new book by Susan Scott

Fierce Leadership, by Susan Scott
Fierce Leadership, by Susan Scott

When it comes to being a leader, are you a lion or a mouse? Fierce leaders, argues Susan Scott, are the kind to whom people are drawn, and to whom they commit at a deep level.

"These are the leaders others look to for advice and opinion and gratefully follow wherever they go," she writes. Fierce leaders aren't born that way - crossing the bold line from ordinary leadership requires courage and work. It means stepping off the well-trodden mediocre managerial path and doing something different.

A fierce leader is emotionally intelligent and able to spend as much time listening to the people around them as talking. Such leadership also means spending time embracing change rather than clinging to old ways, under the delusion that motion and direction are the same thing. Being fierce requires a strength that comes from an introspection some find difficult to achieve.

A fierce leader is not a person who focuses only on accomplishments - on beating the competition and winning praise - but is someone who lives their life forging the deepest relationships they can with themselves and others. "We've got to make connections - at a deep level," writes Scott. "Create them. Every day. On purpose."

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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