The Promises of Giants
How YOU can fill the leadership void --THE SUNDAY TIMES HARDBACK NON-FICTION & BUSINESS BESTSELLER--
by John Amaechi
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Pub Date 22 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 09 Feb 2023
Nicholas Brealey US, Nicholas Brealey Publishing
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"THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL BOOKS EVER WRITTEN ABOUT LEADERSHIP." Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
"THE MOST UNLIKELY OF PEOPLE, IN THE MOST IMPROBABLE OF CIRCUMSTANCES, CAN BECOME EXTRAORDINARY."
From socio-political chaos and workplace disruption to the climate change crisis, we have never needed people with the skill and will to collaborate to create a better world more than now. We need people who are willing to fill the leadership void. People who will embrace the influence they have. People who believe in improving society and workplace culture - not only because it makes life better, but because it is proven to yield positive results. We need more leaders.
The Promises of Giants is a challenge to anyone who aspires to make a difference in their environment. Over fourteen promises, it seamlessly intertwines personal anecdotes and workplace and social observation with the latest research, to provide practical, proven tips and strategies to empower you to maximize your own potential and inspire others. It is not a self-help book. It is a how-to guide for winning, rooted in the belief that the most unlikely of people, in the most improbable of circumstances, can become extraordinary.
John Amaechi well understands the responsibilities and potential that come with being a giant. The Promises of Giants is the product of a lifetime spent observing and studying effective leadership - from accompanying his mother's visits to her dying patients to competing at the highest levels of professional sport, through two decades of management consulting with multinational corporations. These experiences have shown that everyone has the ability to act decisively to influence the world in a positive way. Everyone is a giant to someone.
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Average rating from 7 members
New leadership books are always popular. ‘The Promises of Giants’ by John Amaechi OBE uses a structure of 14 promises to make to the people you work with and to yourself, and they are good sound promises for life as well as business ranging from “to view myself critically, but not cruelly”, “to tend mind and body” and “to act with vigilance against my bias”.
In many places it is a personal story, of Amaechi’s journey to where he is today. We are reminded that leadership isn’t about the leader, but those you elevate and inspire, and we are always to see people as people and not “bots on an assembly line”.
Leaders are, as Amaechi equates to his own mother, those who don’t talk about it, but actually ‘walk the walk’. A solid book, to read and reflect on and come back to again and again.
John Murray publishing
Great book - provides an understanding of the importance of true leaders - not managers - in progressing organisations and society to improvements. If you're in a leadership role, or a natural leader or communicator, and you want to understand how you can use this responsibility to truly make a difference, you need to read this book. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.