Book Review: The Leader in You

The Leader in You: how to win friends, influence people and succeed in a changing world, Stuart R. Levine and Michael A. Crom, Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Ironically I read this book thinking it was the Dale Carnegie classic “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. “The Leader in You” has been tumbling around in my library for decades without a dust jacket, lettering on the spine worn beyond comprehension. I’m not sure how it came into my collection, although I’m guessing it was a gift from my father who loves to give me personal development and health and nutrition books. Too bad it took me this long to get to some of them!

This book is full of wonderful nuggets and stories to help you be a better leader. Every chapter begins with an appropriately illustrative anecdote from Dale Carnegie himself, and is supported by everyday leaders from other companies (some famous, others not) of how this concept has helped them to lead their own organizations.

An excellent primer on the field of leadership, the authors provide a broad overview of all the qualities a leader needs to master in a concise and brief way. This book could be the basis of 6-months study in order to delve more deeply into each chapter, however, the overall theme is that a true leader is one who is interested in others and able to truly empathize with them. This concept takes up the first half the book. The second half of the book centers around how to be an effective communicator (a positive attitude goes a long way) and that it is just as important what you choose NOT to say as what you do say.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to become a better leader, communicator or networker. At only 227-pages this book fits in a lot of solid information. While not the most entertaining book to read, it makes up in conciseness what it lacks in flow. I will definitely be re-reading this book again in the near future. You can purchase this book here.

Enjoy and be a spark in the world!