In Leading on Purpose – Sage Advice and Practical Tools for Becoming the Complete Leader, veteran leadership consultants Tim Thomas and Rip Tilden use their experiences, references from established management thinkers to share their advice for people willing to learn to become a better leader. A ‘complete leader’ is quite ambitious, given the rather basic techniques offered here like situational leadership styles, Maslow’s pyramid of needs, active listening, visioning, motivation, providing feedback and seeking win-win solutions in a conflict situation. A fictional ‘Frank’ talking to his grandmother is the saga part bridging the theory and practice. Leaders are made, not born, and books like these are helpful.
The eight skills elaborated in Leading on Purpose were not new, nor brought me new insights. The book is well-written and indeed touches core competencies of leaders, regardless function names like manager, project manager, supervisor or team lead. Change management viewed throughout the stages of grief paradigm and planned change approach. Just as conflict management and execution may suggest that this can be done by the book. In these cases Frank and his grandma are too shallow characters, your real life cases more complex. Learning and applying can help you on your path from good to great.
About the authors
Timothy I. Thomas established Makarios Consulting in 2003 as a natural outgrowth of his extensive experience and educational background. Since 1998, Mr. Thomas has transformed organizations working as a leadership development trainer, executive coach, and change management expert. Known for his highly energetic and engaging facilitation style and his strong commitment to helping his clients realize their full potential, Tim has trained or coached hundreds of leaders in the art of influencing others to achieve extraordinary results in business and in life.
Charles “Rip” Tilden joined Makarios Consulting as a partner in 2009, bringing with him more than thirty-five years of leadership experience as a senior executive in a wide range of public and private companies. He is highly regarded as an effective team builder and leader with a proven ability to lead change, grow organizations, and deliver strong results in intensely competitive industries. He is known for integrity, outstanding communication skills, and a consistent record of successfully executing strategic vision to grow enterprise value.
Rip earned his BA from DePauw University and his MBA from the University of Chicago (1982) and is a project faculty member at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
I received a free review copy from the publisher through Netgalley to provide you my personal impressions after reading.