March 28, 2010

Leadership Building Blocks by Dawn McCoy

I was given Leadership Building Blocks: An Insider's Guide to Success to review as part of the Women's History Month blog tour for Dawn McCoy. The book couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me since I started a new role at work right about when this book ended up in my mailbox. And the tips and stories in it really made me think about the best ways to lead in work and outside of work.

As the back cover says, "Leadership Building Blocks is a step-by-step guide for achieving success and becoming a better advocate for your cause and for your purpose." Throughout the book McCoy tells stories and examples of how she learned to be a great leader in her role as a political leader in her community. Since I have no interest in being any type of political or community leader, I read those but nothing really stuck. The things that stuck were the universal tips for being a better leader thrown into each chapter (noted by cute little icons throughout the book). Some examples:

  • Be sure to send a note of gratitude to those who support you along the way.
  • Focus on details to be prepared and organized.
  • Get set up to manage the weekly "paper trail" that finds its way into your office. Bring your creative ideas to develop a system that works for you.

And so on. She really does give a lot of great ideas that are universal for any job, especially one that has any type of leadership whether it be a political leader, community leader, or even just a project leader like me. I would recommend this book to anyone with ambitions to take on the role of a business or political reader. It's a give read and full of a lot of good information. 4 stars.

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