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The Catalyst Leader (Library Edition): 8 Essentials For Becoming A Change Maker (2013)

by Brad Lomenick(Favorite Author)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 2
1609816765 (ISBN13: 9781609816766)
Oasis Audio
review 1: This was a really good book on leadership (especially for young leaders) as the author talked through 8 different essentials for leaders who want to create lasting impact. Mixing personal stories from his own successes and failures with stories of the success of others, this book provides a lot of practical examples that helped to motivate and spur on those reading it to become change-making leaders! The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because some of the concepts that he unpacked could have been done in much shorter chapters (the book did drag on a bit at times)...
review 2: Catalyst is one of the greatest leadership conferences in the world. If you don’t believe that, just read The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker
... more, by Brad Lomenick. I have heard of Catalyst leadership conferences—mostly from Twitter hype—but certainly wasn’t looking for a book about them. Buyer beware: if you’re looking for a book on being a catalytic leader (as I was), this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a book on being a change agent (as I was), this isn’t it. It does contain eight essential leadership traits. Each trait (called, authentic, passionate, capable, courageous, principled, hopeful and collaborative) is given its own chapter. But just because each chapter is given the title of a trait, doesn’t mean it is really about that trait. After reading chapter one, I was no more informed about the nature of God’s call than I was before I read it. But I was more informed about Brad Lomenick. It doesn’t take long to realize this book is a thinly veiled attempt at the author’s self-promotion. Each chapter follows a nearly identical pattern: 1) Let Brad tell you about Brad. 2) Let Brad give you a few clichés and aphorisms about this chapter’s essential. 3) Let Brad do some really great name-dropping to let you know that Brad knows some really cool people. 4) Let Brad tell you about Brad again. Brad rides horses. Brad jumps off cliffs. Brad was captain of his football team—in third grade (third graders have school football teams?). Brad’s organization failed… once… before he was in charge… but he stepped in to fix it. All better now. Yay Brad! The funniest part of the book was the section on humility—not because the author intended it to be, but because it was completely out of place amongst all of the “me” stories that surrounded it.The best leadership books are the ones you need to read with a notebook because good ideas continually pop off the page. No such note taking device was needed for this book. A good leadership book leaves me with the impression that I want to work for someone like the author. I would be mortified to work with this author. I hope he is not like this in person, but this book leaves the impression that he is impetuous, self-aggrandizing and flighty—no matter how many cool things he’s done or how many big-named people he knows. He should probably stick to leading events rather than leading actual people. And I should probably stick to reading better leadership books.Hardcover: 288 pagesPublisher: Thomas Nelson (April 16, 2013)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1595554971 less
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Very engaging book for leaders young and experienced. I will read it again.
Appreciated Brad's honesty and transparency.
Lots of slick stuff on leadership.
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