Books I have read: Fairness Is Overrated

Fairness is Overrated

Reading Fairness is Overrated and 51 other leadership principles you feel like you’re receiving great wisdom on leadership from someone who has been in the trenches – they know what they are talking about.

 

The book is divided into four parts and reflects the four pillars that Stevens believes effective leadership is built on.

  • Part one focuses on becoming a leader worth following. The lessons deal with the topics of integrity, family, being fully present, and margin.
  • Part two gives instructions on finding the right people. It addresses issues such as when to ignore resumes and when to pay attention to them, using social media in checking a person’s background and character, how to ask questions in interviews, and much more.
  • Part three addresses the topic of building a healthy culture within your organization. It talks about agendas, building teams, having fun together, and dealing with silos.
  • Part four touches on the topic of leading confidently through a crisis. The chapters deal with resignations, layoffs, firings, conflict resolution, and the importance of communication throughout.

 

The book is split into 52 small chapters – which give the feeling of Tim and you sat at a coffee shop having a discussion on a particular facet of leadership. At the end of each chapter, there are a couple of discussion or application questions. The book’s success will hang on how you engage with these as there is nothing revolutionary in the book – it is all about how you apply the wisdom into your context of leadership. A few of the chapters are specifically focused on those leading churches, but the vast majority are applicable to churches, businesses and voluntary sector organisations alike.

 

I found the book practical and encouraging. It was worth reading and referring to again later but not one I’d say is a must read.

 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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