Good Authority: How to Become the Leader Your Team Is Waiting for by Jonathan Raymond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Leadership is a topic near to my heart and one I spend a lot of time reading, writing, thinking about, and discussing. Due to this it's rare when I come across a leadership book that has something really new and memorable to say, but Good Authority does that and more.
Jonathan Raymond, who has plenty of hands-on leadership experience himself, explains that to be the type of leader your team needs, you need to give them the room to find their own answers. Leaders who practice good authority lead with questions. They understand that their job is not to know all the answers or do all the work themselves; instead, their job is to support their team and guide them with the right questions, then get out of their way so that they can learn and grow.
Not only will this type of leadership help your team become their best selves, which in itself is a win-win, but this is also the only way that you can get fully engaged employees. And from my experience—both as a leader and as an employee—I know this to be true.
The book shares so many other great anecdotes and tips and is a must-read for any current leader/manager, or anyone aspiring to these roles.