It has been a little over a year since my book The Inner-Work of Leadership was published. In that time the market’s shift to ebooks has been noteworthy. And now with the closing of Borders Books, that trend is likely to accelerate.
The book has attracted enthusiastic reviews from readers at Amazon. I would like to share just two of them. John Wood, Founder and former CEO and Chairman, Fleetwood Corporation Ltd, Australia wrote:
The Inner Work of Leadership is an outstanding contribution! One of the most important books I have read. As each page turned the narrative took me gently, deeper and deeper into the world of conscious leadership. Its words inspire the open hearted and open minded to make their inner work their primary responsibility in life. Powerful possibilities tumbled out of my mind as I was drawn to reconsider the world of authentic collaboration, cooperation, creativity and productivity. The prize, a more loving, sustainable workplace and world, became clear as the critical nature of shared purpose unfolded. A world of abundance beckoned as you read in example after example the convergence of doing what works with what matters in a context of love, understanding, wisdom and common sense.
Jim Vinoski, operations business manager for a Fortune 500 company, wrote:
When a brilliant old friend of mine recommended this book to me, I knew it had to be good.
I just finished, and now I know: “good” is an understatement. This is one of the three top leadership books I’ve ever read, and it surpasses the other two because its lessons will help me be not only a much better leader, but a much better person as well (though I guess I have those two backwards in order of importance!) First there was the shock of realizing the true meaning of the notion of distributed knowledge (which I thought I’d long ago embraced and internalized, having read Hayek, Read and others on the subject): No, I can’t and don’t know everything, or anything close to everything, and nor do I have to! In fact, it’s best if I don’t even try! Then came the amazing lessons about letting go of the ego and truly focusing on the people around me. The Inner-Work of Leadership proved to be a grab-bag of phenomenal ideas.
Professor Brownstein has inspired me to apply his techniques not only with the people I “lead” from an org chart standpoint, but up the ladder as well, with the leaders above me. Along the way I can recommend they read an inspiring book…
As an aside, I found it intriguing how many of Brownstein’s sources and recommended readings were from authors I’d already discovered – not only in the leadership realm, such as Charles Koch (who wrote one of the other two of my favorite leadership books), but much farther afield, including Viktor Frankl, Christopher Alexander, and even Dr. John Sarno! But even with all that previous common discovery, his book tied it all together and gave me one of those rare and valuable moments of, “Of course – it should’ve been so obvious!” that so often mark the truly groundbreaking.
Thanks so much, Professor Brownstein. You’ve made my life better. How many authors can ever claim such a thing?
Insanity, Einstein advised, is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The Inner-Work of Leadership offers another way. You will be guided to do your inner-work to discover hidden beliefs that stand in the way of your genuine personal and professional transformation—and the transformation of the organization you lead.
Professor Jim Glasgow found The Inner-Work of Leadership “rich in insights that will have you asking why haven’t I noticed that before?” “Read seriously,” he writes, “this book will help leaders better know themselves, reduce stress, improve relationships and live more satisfying lives, all while becoming more effective at directing and listening to their organizations.”
If you haven’t read the book already, take advantage of this opportunity to own your own copy.
If you know others who are ready to do the inner-work of leadership, this is a great time to recommend the Kindle edition at the introductory price of $4.95.
I appreciate your support in getting out the word.