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What is leadership? How do we define leadership? What is servant leadership? What are the most effective leadership characteristics? Do you wish your company had a leadership development program, or are you frustrated with organizational leadership? Do you wonder why some leadership styles suck? You are not alone.

So why does leadership suck? It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here. Servant leadership or Level 5 leadership is uncomfortable, humbling, self-denying, painful, and counter-intuitive; nonetheless, christian leadership is the only kind of leadership that brings lasting results, genuine happiness, and true self-fulfillment.

The book is divided into four parts:

Part 1: To serve or not to serve. Effective leadership characteristics require servant leadership.

Part 2: Do what's best for your organization. Discusses various aspects of organizational leadership and culture

Part 3: Humility 101. Leadership principles of self-examination, apologies, authenticity, controlling and displaying emotions, and handling adversity.

Part 4: Specific management situations, focusing on business leadership competencies

Here is what you will learn from Miles and experience in Why Leadership Sucks?

1. Define leadership in general and the servant leadership style specifically.
2. Why christian leadership matters and is a better long-term strategy.
3. Develop leadership competencies with practical action steps.
4. Learn from real world examples from the author's organizational leadership experience.
5. Quotes on leadership help highlight and introduce sections within each chapter.

To discover why servant leadership is frustrating and learn practical leadership principles for your leadership journey, download a sample or purchase Why Leadership Sucks now.

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Why Leadership Sucks
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A very helpful book!
February 23rd, 2015
Let’s face it, leadership is not for everyone (especially the faint at heart) and it often is not fun. That doesn’t mean that those who are not born leaders can’t learn and develop this skill. This book is applicable to almost everyone, from those seeking a leadership position at work to those who have been unwilling thrust into this position. We could all use some guidance. I particularly liked Part 3 which covers topics like authenticity and humility, two very important yet sometimes overlooked qualities of being a good leader. The quotes throughout this book are really poignant and I found myself writing several on sticky notes and posting them on my desk. The advice in this book is easy to digest and apply, so glad I found it.
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February 20th, 2015
This was a pretty quick read for me. I'm a super fast, avid reader and I was able to devour this information in just over an hour. However, that won't be the end of it because I am definitely going back with a highlighter and I'm going to make sure I retain every bit of information here. Smith writes in a clean and relatable style that I love. I am a Christian and also a leader type of person, so this definitely resonated with me in many ways, but honestly I think the topics he addresses would be good for anyone to read. We're talking about what leadership really is, and in some ways we are all leaders. Whether it's a parent, a friend giving advice, etc, in some way we are taking on this role and we could truly benefit from Smith's angle on humility vs self-serving leadership styles. I've read other books on this topic from rather notorious authors and yet the simplicity and relatability of this one makes it stand out above the rest. I definitely recommend this!!
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