June 11, 2008

Book Review - Why should the Boss Listen to You?

Why Should the Boss Listen to You? The Seven Disciplines of the Trusted Strategic Advisor
James E. Lukaszewski
HD 69 .C6 L855 2008

There are many books written today about how to be an effective leader, but this book informs readers about a specific leadership role--that of the chief adviser to the boss or CEO. Lukaszewski asserts that this trusted adviser has responsibilities and characteristics distinct from other leaders within the organization. In this two part book, he shows how to develop these traits. In the first part of the book, he provides the context in which this advising will take place. He provides insight into how those at the top think and operate. He discusses what they expect from their advisers and gives advice on how to achieve maximum effectiveness as an adviser. In the second part, he elaborates on seven personality traits and behaviors that successful advisers possess and provides tips on how to cultivate them. Although this book provides preparation for a specific role, it is useful for all leaders to help them improve their persuasiveness and effectiveness.