Book review: Learn Like A Leader

Emma de Vita reviews the new book by Stephen Covey Jim Collins and Warren Bennis

Off the shelf
Off the shelf

Around this time of year, a group of management 'thought leaders' and experts meet in California, loosen their top collars and kick back with vanilla frappucinos to chew the cud. Such business celebs as Stephen Covey, Jim Collins and Warren Bennis spend this time sharing the managerial 'learnings' they've picked up over the years.

Learn Like a LeaderThe fruit of last year's meeting of minds is now a book called Learn Like a Leader, which takes a look at "what, exactly, makes some of us overcome setbacks and soar to the top, while others lose hope and fall at the first hurdle".

So what does a respected guru such as Jim Collins have to say on the matter of leadership?

He starts with the question: "How would your day be different if you organised your time, energy and resources primarily around learning?" What if you chucked out the to-do list and followed a to-learn list instead? What could you pick up from your colleagues (and I don't mean flu)?

"Learning People", as Collins puts it, make for a "Learning Organisation". New year, new you - so why don't you start a "Learning Notebook" and become the "Learning Leader" you ought to be?

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