In my July 2014 newsletter, I referenced a book that has a wealth of ideas on how to improve our leadership success. Hacking Leadership, by Mike Myatt’s is a book written for any type of leader. The author defines hacking as discovering an alternate path, clever and skillful tricks, shortcuts and workarounds, breaking the code, deciphering complexity, influencing outcomes, acquiring access, and creating innovative customizations to existing/outdated methodologies. The book provides actionable, topical leadership and management hacks to bridge eleven gaps every business needs to cross in order to create a culture of leadership: leadership, purpose, future, mediocrity, culture, talent, knowledge, innovation, expectation, complexity, and failure.

My favorite sections are the discussions around both the Future and the Mediocrity hacks. I really could not determine which of these actually has more impact on the success of the leadership I’ve encountered in the last 30+ years. Between the ability to overcome the motivation and rhetoric issues in the Future gap or the safety and values discussion of the Mediocrity gap, this book raises the right questions on how to become a successful lifelong leader.

Enjoy the Book!