April 14, 2008

Book Review - Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make

The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
Hans Finzel
HD 57.7 .F56 1994

Finzel writes this book for leaders, particularly those in non-profit and religious organizations, who came into their positions with little or no formal leadership training. Based on the idea that most people learn by observation, he asserts that without formal training, leaders often slip into familiar patterns that they have picked up from others in leadership roles, whether these habits are good or bad. In ten chapters, he explains mistakes that leaders commonly make. These range from attitude to communication and from work styles to decision-making styles. Finzel goes beyond pointing fingers, however, to making suggestion about how to change your leadership style to create a more energetic and effective work environment, both for you and for those you lead.