Leaders Lead, Leaders Read with Dr. Shaunta Scroggins
By Dr. Shaunta D. Scroggins
Leaders should be well read, and Dr. Shaunta Scroggins takes on the task of providing reviews and recommendations for good leadership reads on her new podcast. The podcast is called “Leaders Lead, Leaders Read” (LLLR) and emphasizes leadership on every level. As a result, the book reviews include theory and textbook type leadership reads, biographies, and fiction. Leaders should be well read, and that means reading beyond personal preference. Leaders should read for challenge, for growth, and for comfort.
I read All About Love by Bell Hooks and started thinking about leadership. Spiritual leadership, to be exact. Then I wondered about leader evolutions because of the comprehensive way Bell Hooks talks about love. Spiritual leadership theory posits that the intrinsically motivated leader through his/her values, beliefs, and attitudes will engage followers through a sense of calling and memberships toward a result of organizational commitment and performance.
***THIS IS A FAITH-BASED BOOK.***
I personally don't like disclaimers, but I want to give you a fair warning in case your leadership and your faith don't mix.
This book is based on the account of Nehemiah the cupbearer and his leadership journey to rebuild the wall. There are distracting enemies, strategic movements, wise responses, and of course navigating communication with the people. There are lessons on competent leading, diligence, wisdom, faith, and finishing strong.
If you are not a person of faith, but you can appreciate the principles, then try this book out. If you are a person of faith, consider a small group study and discussion of the principles in this book. The process of leadership is emphasized in this book -- how one builds character development toward improved leadership, and how one learns to lead.
The title is explained by Dr. Swindoll in the very early pages. "Good leaders are made, not born; they are built, shaped, and tested by God -- brick by brick -- over time."
This book! I was happy, sad, angry, surprised, and disappointed. Geesh, the leadership examples abound. Historians may appreciate this read, as well as students of leadership. I learned after I finished this book that some in the medical field had this book as required reading while they trained.
The important spotlight of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the placement and application of ethics in an institution. I think (but I tend to think this way!) the ethics discussion that can be sparked from this book can also fit many institutional contexts -- medicine, education, religion, entertainment, government, etc.
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This book is famous as a memoir. There are also some leadership lessons from Mrs. Obama's career search, discovery, and connection with "doing something immediately meaningful, directly impacting the lives of others" (p. 180). I know many who own the book and have either not read it or not finished it yet. Please make it a point to do so! If you remain on the fence about purchasing Becoming, please jump that fence, buy the book, and read it all! This episode emphasizes the three career lessons we can learn from Mrs. Obama's professional journey.
Feel free to send me a message and let me know what messages from Becoming resonate with you.
I am a FAN of Leslie Odom, Jr.! Oddly, I first learned about him when I heard his interview on NPR promoting his album Simply Christmas. Then I learned he wrote a book. Yay.
If you are risk-averse or afraid of failure, then you want to consider this book. You do not need to be a singer, performer, or creative to read this book. The application is human. When you read it, come back and leave me a message. I'd like to hear your review!
Leaders! Can you believe we made it to season two?!
How exciting. There's a link for you to leave me messages. Please, let me know when you've read a book reviewed on this podcast. Also, make suggestions about leadership books to read -- especially from independent and unknown authors.
I want to make sure you understand that the faith-based books to be reviewed in this second season have some universal leadership principles that apply to everyone. Don't skip an episode!
Thank you for your support in season one. Now, let's keep reading!
Leaders! This is a check-in. How are you all doing?
I want to remind you, with a fabulous quote from Leslie Odom, Jr.'s Failing Up, that your resilience is shining through.
You are taking your challenges to task and you are emerging intact!
Season 2 is coming in the fall; I look forward to sharing another set of great books with you.
Livermore, D. (2015). Leading with cultural intelligence: The real secret to success (2nd edition). American Management Association.
This book is GREAT for people whose work has an international reach. You work with or in other cultures and on a very diverse team, or you desire to build a cross-cultural business and team.
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (2015)
This book is reader-friendly, easy to follow, and a mirror for personal assessment. the five disciplines of multiplier leadership are
Wiseman says a leader needs strength in only three of the above-named disciplines to be a Multiplier. Each form of multiplier leader has a diminishing leader counterpart. This book is worth your time and needs to be in your library!
Essentialism is a movement that leads to a new way of life. Author Greg McKeown leads us down a path of mirrors where we face ourselves and all our busyness. Learning to discern the “trivial many” from the “vital few” becomes the crucial skill necessary to enforce the essential in our lives. Personal libraries deserve this book!
This is pretty much part three – the final episode about Duped: Truth-Default Theory and the Social Science of Lying and Deception (2020) by communications expert Dr. Tim Levine.
In this episode I review the book, and share my experience interviewing Dr. Levine.
We pick up where we left off in the last episode, with Dr. Levine's comments on research methodology...replication, specifically. Enjoy Dr. Levine completes the journey through his new book Duped: Truth-Default Theory and the Social Science of Lying and Deception.
Communications expert Dr. Tim Levine is the author of the newly released called Duped: Truth-Default Theory and the Social Science of Lying and Deception (2020). Scholars, prepare to be inspired!
On a recent trip to Birmingham, Alabama, I met with Dr. Levine at the Audio 55 Recording Studio to discuss his book. I learned about his theory, truth-default theory, from a bonus episode from the Malcolm Gladwell podcast, Revisionist History. The bonus episode is called "Queen of Cuba," and is the audio version of a book chapter in Gladwell's Talking to Strangers (2019).
Enamored with the possible overlap between truth-default and leadership theories, I reached out to Dr. Levine to schedule time to visit. He graciously consented to let me interview him, and we had a ball!
This episode is an homage to the late, great Diahann Carroll. Her candid recollection of relationships, decisions, and experiences reveal some important leadership traits worth our consideration. Probably the most important work of leadership is to improve ourselves for the people we lead.
Dr. Manfred Kets de Vries is the author of Lessons on Leadership by Terror: Finding Shaka Zulu in the Attic. This book in four parts and 12 chapters takes us on a historical, cultural and introspective journey of leadership through the life of Shaka Zulu. [Musical intro/outro by Keke Perez of Keke Perez Voice Studio.]
Kenneth Gangel (2008) is the author of Surviving Toxic Leaders: How to Work for Flawed People in Churches, Schools, and Christian Organizations. Neatly organized in 12 chapters, Gangel defines toxic leadership in a faith-based setting and describes nine types of toxic leaders. [Musical intro/outro by Keke Perez of Keke Perez Voice Studio.]
Hello one and all! This is the inaugural episode of the Leaders Lead, Leaders Read podcast. I want to introduce myself, introduce the podcast, and share a bit about how the podcast came to be along with examples of coming book reviews.