[July 22, 2018] One of the very first characteristics of senior leaders highlighted here at www.theleadermaker.com was transparency. Any leader today, in a modern world with instant communications, must be transparent in their leadership skills, their behavior, and their decision making. Leaders must also be willing to admit the truth and seek the absolute truth because only through it can they complete any mission in life. And, while there are many leader styles only those that are open and honest will lead to a successful conclusion. The book I’m highlighting today reinforces these points and goes beyond the basic rules of transparency.
Principles: Life and Work, Ray Dalio, 2017.
This book is being highlighted today because I believe that when a successful person gives us his principles for success, we should pay close attention to what he has to say. Author Ray Dalio became a multi-billionaire and is giving us his thoughts on what made him achieve so much. At the core of his book is a question he asks, “What do you want?” If you can answer the question truthfully, then you are on the path to success already. His formula is simple. Promote meritocracy with radical truth and radical transparency. This means controlling one’s emotions, being open-minded, and embracing reality.
Overall, the book is organized well, thoroughly researched and thoughtful, and insightful. The book is really about self-awareness. Getting back to the questions, what do you want, Dalio takes us on a journey that will allow us to achieve want we want but only if we are willing to shed our personal delusions and misconceptions about ourselves. It means being honest with ourselves and being candid with other people. There are three main parts to this book, and I will not spoil it for the reader. What the takeaway lesson is for us is that leadership can be fulfilling and is achievable for anyone who is willing to be unbiased, open, and truthful.
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Side Note: Please remember and take a look at Tom Copeland’s reading blog. His website, which I highly recommend, can be found here: https://militaryreadinglists.com/map