Thursday, March 29, 2012

Leading at The Edge, by Dennis N.T. Perkins

From it's cover, you would think that this book would be about leading a group of seamen through the rough seas, aboard a sailing ship.  If this is what you are looking for, than you do not want to read this book.  On the other hand, you are looking for guidance in leading and especially looking for guidance for leading in troubled times, than "Leading at The Edge:, is the exact book you need.  
  "Leading at The Edge", is a book, that will teach you how to become the leader needed in troubled times, but you don't want to have to read this book when trouble is at your door step.  Now is the time to read and learn from this selection.  
  Perkins gives us two examples of leadership.  That is which there is a weak leader and therefore the system fails, and then there is the expedition lead by Shackleton, the commander or expedition leader aboard the Endurance, which attempted to explore and go beyond the Antarctic.  Shackleton's ability to lead comes from his ability to read people and situations.  That is what you will learn by reading this book.  
  One aspect from the book that struck me, was how you need to keep those possible trouble makers close to you, when leading.  By doing so, you can prevent subversion amongst the troops so to speak, and you will have a been chance of a brighter outcome.  "Leading at The Edge" is for leaders going into troubled waters.  What situations might you think you would need this type of advice.  Perkins spells it out for the reader in easy to understand format.  
  I'd like to thank Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this digital selection.  It certainly opened my eyes and hopefully has helped to prepare me for the time when I may need to Lead at The Edge.  I'd also like to thank Dennis N.T. Perkins for providing such a great learning tool.  No one knows all about leading from birth,  so it's wonderful to be able to look to "Leading at The Edge", for the guidance and direction we all need from time to time.

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