The Radical Leap, was just that for me. Though I’ve called myself a leadership coach and have been in leadership positions since I was 10 years old. I didn’t really awaken to what it really means to be a leader until I read this book.
“A pro does as well as he can within what he has set out to do, and a madman does exceptionally well at what he can’t help doing.“ Leaders can’t help being leaders.
This book is about EXTREME leadership. Extreme leaders see leadership as an extreme sport ala street luging, hang-gliding or surfing. They see wiping out as a victory. When a leader steps into the OSM (Oh Shit Moment) and succeeds people follow. Since extreme leaders don’t see wiping out as failure, they get up and go after it again in a different way. They live in the pursuit of the OSM.
“Let me put it bluntly – If you are using all the buzzwords, reading all the latest books, and holding forth at every meeting on the latest management fads, but you are NOT experiencing that visceral churning in your gut, NOT scaring yourself everyday, NOT feeling that Oh Shit Moment like clockwork, then you are NOT doing anything significant – let alone changing the world – and you are certainly NOT leading anyone else. But you sure look snappy in your big baggy pants.” ~ from the Radical Leap
I discovered while reading this book that liking something and/or even being excited about something wasn’t enough to be a real leader. You have to LOVE what you do. I mean LOVE IT!
I love the Coaching Industry.
I love creating places of expansion for people.
I love Business done right.
I love connecting Soul to Work.
This Love generates the Energy which overrides the fear and inspires Audacity which will lead to and provide the Proof. This is the Radical LEAP of leadership. My newfound zest, passion, audacity, love, and energy for the MCA and what we are up to are a direct result of reading Radical Leap: A personal lesson in extreme leadership by Steve Farber. 2004 Dearborn Trade Publishing. ISBN:0-7931-8568-8