Thanks to my friend, and social media expert, Becky Robinson, I have been doing some reading over the past few days. Becky and her team @ Weaving Influence are gaining traction when it comes to helping authors launch books. Over the next few days, I am going to be reviewing some titles you may not be familiar with.
A few days ago, “Leaders Open Doors,” by Bill Treasurer was the book of choice.
I love Bill’s tagline of “A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance.” When I picked up the book, I thought to myself, Give me some of that!
Treasurer delivers on his promise. The thesis is indeed simple. “Leaders create opportunities for others by opening doors.” They do this by, paying attention to, and meeting the needs of those they influence.
The book starts with the story of Treasurer’s 5-year-old son, Ian, who came home one day and excitedly said, “Daddy, I got to be the class leader
Dad’s reply? “Really, buddy. What did you get to do?”
As only a 5-year-old could, Ian answered, “I got to open doors for people!”
Too often, leaders forget about the power of opening doors for others. Instead, they barge through leaving others on the outside looking in.
If it has been a while since you opened a door for someone else, check out these ten quotes from the book and find a way to incorporate their principles into your own leadership.
“Opening doors is pretty much what matters most about leading people.”
“Open door leaders view challenging situations as opportunities.”
“Using fear to motivate people is cheap leadership.”
“If you want workers to act like adults, you have to lead like an adults.”
“People will also be much more willing to move toward discomfort if they see you do uncomfortable things too.”
“When you give someone a chance to prove herself, you validate that she is worth taking a chance on.”
“One of the most effective ways open-door leaders get people to think differently is by using symbolism.” (fyi - The section on symbolism and shaping thought is worth the price of the book)
“Being an open-door leader means giving special attention to opening doors for others who are not like you.”
“Open-door leaders promote personal transformation by helping us know ourselves better, by holding us accountable to our own potential, and sometimes by hitting us upside the head with a left hook of reality.”
“You may say that you care about people, but if you never smile, constantly move up deadlines, rarely ask for their opinions or use their input, take credit for their good work, set unrealistic goals, and don’t say ‘thank you’ for their hard work, then you don’t really care about them. And they know it.”
I hope you will pick a couple from the list and make some adjustments this week. You have the power to be a great leader. But only if you are willing to Open Doors.
Which one of the quotes currently hits you the hardest?