As I have previously discussed, I am currently in a leadership preparatory academy and this book was one of our first required readings. It is a 104 page mini-book which is very insightful AND truthful. I would recommend this book for anyone to read for some insight on how to deal with people, not just for those in a leadership position!
This book highlights 11 (there’s a bonus truth) tough truths which are remarkably all accurate. I will never forget when I was going through a teacher leader academy a speaker told us: as soon as you step foot out of the classroom, you lose all credibly. You no longer understand what it’s like in the classroom and you will be treated that way.
Ouch. But truthful. I can attest I have said that very line about people who were trying to tell me things that were not current classroom teachers. This book helps prepare and help out leaders who are struggling. One prime example is the tough truth that great leaders aren’t very much liked. If and when the day comes when I step into a larger leadership role I will have to face that tough truth that no matter what, people will not like me, they will talk about me behind my back; that’s just part of the job.
Maloney does a fantastic job at keeping this book short and sweet. With every truth she highlights a brief example so one can really understand what she is saying. I think that helps drive home her point that great leaders insist on excellent, pristine communication.
I am giving this book 5 stars. It is a great read to pick up if you’re struggling with others around you. It puts into perspective not only leadership truths, but, life truths in general. Leader or not, Maloney delivers great life lessons tips, especially those dealing with other people. This is a great book to consult during some tough times to give a gentle reminder on how we can be perceived in life. Fantastic read for all!
Title: Tough Truths: The Ten Leadership Lessons We Don’t Talk About
Author: Deirdre Maloney
Publisher: Business Solutions Press
Release Date: October 1, 2012