If you bemoan the fact that you are hardly able to find time to read books heavy-laden with theories and models of leadership, this one will probably leave you with little excuse.
Packaged more like a book that you’d find at the children’s section than on the business management and leadership shelves, Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration, at about 140 pages, contains barely more than 20 words per page (sometimes none!), and is filled with lots of drawings of children at a playground, gardens, castles and in a couple of instances, even a big bad wolf.
I kid you not. Yet here’s where the kiddishness ends. Simon Sinek, author of best-selling leadership books Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, fills a collection of his most pertinent leadership principles and ideas within Together Is Better that will offer readers refreshing insights on topics such as teamwork, visions and change.
If you are hard-pressed for time to read Sinek’s much-wordier writings, Together Is Better will deliver to you the essence of the message he has been bringing across on leadership in bite-sized phrases.
Is this a quote book? Yes and no. You can look at the phrases on each page as a quote of its own and draw lessons from there, but there is also a certain flow of ideas as you read the sentences from one page to the next. Because the book contains so few words, it allows your mind to fill up the blanks and link everything together.
The illustrations, though lovely and done in attempt to shape a story to support the ideas in the writing, did not resonate much with me and are really secondary to the theme of the book.
And if you are feeling somewhat light-weight after reading to the end, Sinek includes a postface to share more details of some of the quotes and illustrations, which, by his own admission, “had some nuance to them that was lost in this format”.
Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration is no doubt a book that you can complete in one sitting, but at the same time provides much food for thought and helpful ideas on what it takes to lead others authentically.
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