Seventeen years ago, my friend Judy handed me John Maxwell’s classic book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” As a fledgling leader eager to grow and learn, this was like pouring cold, refreshing water on a thirsty plant. I devoured the book in a day and have referred back to it countless times in my quest to continue to grow and develop as a leader. I have read numerous books about leadership, taking away valuable insights and teachings from each one.
“H3 Leadership” is the first book I have read in those ensuing years that approaches Maxwell’s “21 Laws” in terms of the sheer volume of valuable content, wisdom, and practical application to the gift of leadership. Written by Brad Lomenick, the founder and former president of “Catalyst,” this book has the potential to achieve the same level of respect and become a must read for all leaders as any of Maxwell’s numerous books on the subject.
“H3” looks at three simple questions:
- Who are you? (Be Humble);
- Where are you going? (Stay Hungry), and;
- How will you get there? (Always Hustle).
Lomenick examines each of these category questions through the lens of 6-7 different habits that effective leaders must develop if they want to reach their full potential. Like me, Brad Lomenick is a Christian, so our values are closely aligned, which lent even more value to me as I read.
I found his list of 20 habits to be particularly helpful in focusing my attention on areas where I need improvement. Like Maxwell’s “21 Laws“, Lomenick distills each habit down into specific practices that enable the reader to evaluate their own progress in each area. No one leader can excel in every area, but we can certainly improve a bit in every area, and in the areas where we are already strong, and Lomenick provides excellent insight into how we can take our leadership to exceptional levels.
Before I even read the book, I noted that an impressive list of thought leaders and innovators had already lent their name and reputation to endorsing this book. Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Dave Ramsey, Jim Collins, Jon Acuff, Mark Burnett, and, yes, even John Maxwell himself, all wrote introductory reviews for H3. Such an accomplished roster of endorsements compelled me to review this book as soon as it was available. To say that I was not disappointed is an understatement. H3 Leadership is easily in my top five favorite leadership books. I encourage anyone who wants to become a better leader to pick up this book ASAP!
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