The Heart of Leadership by Mark Miller

The Heart of Leadership

The Heart of LeadershipAre you the type of leader people want to follow? You can be—but first, you’ve got to understand what sets great leaders apart from all the rest.Certainly, leaders need people skills, execution skills, a deep knowledge of industry trends, the ability to articulate a vision, and more—they must be competent—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What’s below the waterline? What’s deep inside the best leaders th...

Details The Heart of Leadership

TitleThe Heart of Leadership
Release DateOct 14th, 2013
PublisherBerrett-Koehler Publishers
GenreLeadership, Business, Nonfiction, Buisness, Self Help, Personal Development

Reviews The Heart of Leadership

  • Jeriel
    Leadership is a quality we all need to succeed in life, but the true way to achieve it is not something we all practice. Mark Miller outlines this principle in his book The Heart of Leadership, following the narrative of one Blake Brown in a blend of both fiction and self-help.While the format of this book was interesting, it was certainly unconventional. Most other self-help books outline their ideas in a straightforward way, but Miller's story ...
  • Christine
    I really enjoyed the format of this book, and how it was told as a ‘business fable’. I found this kept it from being preachy, and didn’t make it feel like I had to memorize a textbook. It was so easy for me to relate to Blake’s story, and I appreciated how he worked through the advice he was given and how to apply it at work. I think that because the concepts of leadership were presented in this way that I immediately could find areas tha...
  • John E. Smith
    Mark Miller has done it again ...In his fourth book, Mark chips away at my aversion to narrative leadership development by using realistic scenarios, dialogue that sounds like people actually talking, and by communicating a clear message that resonates with me. I imagine anyone who cares about their personal leadership ability or who is responsible for the leadership development of others, will find much of value in this little fable. The Heart o...
  • Garland Vance
    I have loved all of Mark Miller's books. While they appear very simple in the beginning, they are filled with wisdom--just packaged in a very user-friendly way. In the beginning of his first work, The Secret, he said that leadership is 90% character and 10% skill, but The Secret addressed the 10%.In the Heart of Leadership, he addresses the other 90%. Rather than saying that leaders have integrity and character--don't we want everyone to have the...
  • Alex
    Full disclosure, this is the first book I’ve ever read/listened to on the topic of leadership. This is a folksy business book with a cheesy narrative, but the messages on leadership in it are practical and doable.Hunger for wisdomExpect the bestAccept responsibility Respond with courageThink others firstIt’s all simple stuff wrapped up in the idea that leadership does not mean having a specific title or hierarchical position because leadershi...
  • Jarrod
    A tad corny a tad helpful, but mostly over-priced. Anyone in leadership knows these things, the problem is that promotions happen to non-leaders and poor leadership practices perpetuate. The book mentions nothing about accountability. While the book is correct that skills alone mean nothing, they often become the basis for how people achieve the ends. From the point of view of this book, leadership comes from serving others and it not about yours...
  • Chris
    Great read, simple and straightforward, short and to the point. Miller takes the reader on a leadership journey through a fictional story, which I think increases its effectiveness and impact. Miller's main thesis is that effective, successful, and lasting leadership success is not just about acquiring skills, but also about what he calls "leadership character." Anybody can learn (or already has) leadership skills but it's those who develop leade...
  • Laura
    I have to split the difference on this rating; like most leadership books, especially those consisting of leadership advice framed as a novella, this book was kind of silly, so part of me says three stars. But it was short and full of useful food for thought about leadership, so the other part of me says five stars. A solid return on investment because it's such a slight book.
  • Marsha
    This was a short book with the message delivered in a story format, which I liked. There was not anything cutting edge or new but it caused me to think and gave me some ideas as to how I can improve as a leader. Highly recommend.
  • Lyssa Smith
    This was a good, quick read with a punch. I liked the anecdotal nature of the book. The protagonist was able to share the same doubts as the reader without being patronizing. I recommend this book - it's just the right amount of instructional and inspiring.
  • Brian O.
    One of the best leadership reads I've ever purchased! For anyone looking for ways to get to the best version of themselves this ebook provides a critical path to real growth.
  • Skylar
    The book flows easily (written as a story) and helped me understand the connections between my knowledge and the wisdom of leadership.
  • Gena Tarrell
    Listened to this while spring cleaning. Easy to have the 5 tips sink in as written in a story form. Appreciate the steps of growth
  • Jim
    I have read all of Mark Miller's books and they never disappoint this one included. I recommend this to aspiring leaders everywhere.
  • Maria N
    One of my favorite books on Leadership. it has become somewhat my leadership bible. I will be referencing it all through my career
  • Kris
    A good read. Similar to Ken Blanchard's stories about a manager, making his way and learning through others, Miller's character Blake, learns how to be a leader who wins hearts and minds. Meeting with a group of expert leaders his late father created years earlier, he stumbles upon his own faults and learns to incorporate the lessons his mentors share with him. Many pearls of wisdom throughout. A good read for new managers or a great reminder for...
  • Erica Figgins
    Very insightful and loved the story! Read this book for a leadership class and will carry these lessons with me in my future career and endeavors!
  • Todd
    Mark Miller’s latest book, The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow is a short, simple yet powerful read. It continues the story of Blake from one of Mark’s earlier books, Great Leaders Grow. But you don’t have to have read the previous book to be up to speed with what is happening in this edition.I found Mark’s tone to be conversational and warm. He’s not preachy and writes as one who is a fellow traveler on the...
  • Johnny
    These are the words you hear when your boss tells you why you didn't get the promotion you were working so hard to get. When you ask for reasons, you get told to go find out from someone else.This is the intro to the books story. A common situation that happens to some people that think they have it all figured out.As Patrick Lencioni states, "the simple but painful truth that if your heart is not right, no one cares about your leadership skills....
  • Erik
    I was looking for a simple book that could serve as a curriculum for men and women completing the program at a homeless outreach. I needed a book that did not make assumptions that the reader was an established leader looking for new ways to improve. I also wanted something transferrable that a leader from the community could use for mentorship. Finally, I wanted a book that did not assume the reader was aiming for the role of CEO. This is a shor...
  • Devon H
    The Heart of Leadership is a phenomenal self-motivator that speaks to many of the traits I try to cultivate in my own life. The goal of the story is to propose ideas that the general public can use to become leaders in their daily lives, whether they are in a position of leadership or they are simply living their life.The five main principles are Hunger for Wisdom, Expect the Best, Accept Responsibility, Respond with Courage, and Think Others Fir...
  • Brando Menjivar
    This book is written in story form so its a pretty easy read. Here are a few takeaways from the book in my own words.1) "Leaders are different" - simple statement but profoundly true. Followers follow leaders because leaders are different than followers.2) "Leadership Character" - C.O.M.E. - I came up with this acronym that helps me encapsulate leadership character which should not be confused with character. Everyone in the organization should h...
  • Ron Mcintyre
    Written 3 years ago but still relevant! This was a very quick read that I really enjoyed. The narrative style makes it easy to focus and still capture the major ideas of leadership. It also spawned some ideas that I may want to tackle in terms of how and what I coach on in the leadership realm. I really appreciated the simplicity of the fundamental traits he outlines for Blake: H.E.A.R.T!Hunger for WisdomExpect the BestAccept ResponsibilityRespon...
  • Mukta Mohapatra
    I was asked to read this for work. I was not familiar with the author or the series. It was a short book with a very simple story.Leadership character is the main theme of this book, but instead of a textbook style, this book uses a very simple writing style and storyline.Blake is trying to improve as a leader and he finds some mentors to teach him about leadership character.You can lead with or without a title. If you wait until you get a title,...
  • Dan Lovaglia
    **Courage is required to lead or be led...the Heart of Leadership is a must read!**Mark Miller is clearly a leader who does more than sell chicken. The Heart of Leadership cuts to the core of what it means to serve others from a deep well of character and experience. Highlighting skills to work on pales in comparison with the need to establish a solid leadership foundation, a foundation that starts with the heart. Mark's simple but profound appro...
  • BrandyLee
    I read this book after borrowing it from a manager at work. It is apparently the latest guide for salaried managers at the resort and I wanted to know what expectations they hold for themselves so that I may grow with the team. The lessons are very fitting and the format of the book is like a story rather than a traditional self-help guide. This makes it both more engaging and also a bit hard to pull out all the action plans and critical pieces. ...
  • M
    I didn't like the format of this book. The parable was cheesy, but the audio book format was extra cheesy. The dialog reminded me of something you would find in a fast food training video for new employees or a sexual harassment awareness video.That being said, I think the book would be useful to someone with very little knowledge on the topic of leadership character. It was very basic and easy to understand. If you are looking for an introductio...
  • Jeremy
    This book is about character in the context of leadership, and is written in the Ken Blanchard story style. You can read it page for page and engage in the story or just skim it and read the bolded areas. The concepts are simple, but as most simple principles, they are easy to agree with but very difficult to consistently apply. Great for aspiring leaders, leaders who feel like they are in a rut, or leaders you know who seem devoid of character o...