(A guest post is by Chris R Stricklin, Chief of Staff at NATO Air Training Command – Afghanistan)
We, the Moderns, are like dwarves perched on the shoulders of giants, the Ancients, and thus we are able to see more and farther than the latter.
…not at all because of our caliber of our vision or the magnitude of our bodies but because we are propelled upward by the magnitude of the giants who came before us.
Bernard of Chartres
“On the Shoulders of Giants” is a perfect metaphor for leadership. With it comes deep meaning and dreams of endless possibilities. It is truly an enduring leadership phrase with different connotations for every student of leadership.
In business, as in life, one limited resource is the most valuable and definitively limited above all others…Time! How you allocate your time determines what is most important in your life. Whether a few stolen moments with your spouse, a quick game with your children or an hour of overtime at your office, our time allocation reveals what is truly a priority in our world. For that, I say thank you now. You have chosen to spend 15 minutes with this article. Although only 1% of your day, sharing this time together is an honor.
Now that we are all thinking about how frugal we should be with our time, let’s work together to make a more efficient use of our leadership development efforts. Think about the theme presented by Bernard of Chartres above. The fact it may be attributed to him, vice the common attribution to a 1676 Sir Isaac Newton writing, should tell you even Sir Isaac was a student of the giants who went before him…and clearly a student of Bernard of Chartres.
You are incontestably a devout student of leadership, or you would not allocate your vital time resource to Lead With Giants. Hopefully, by now you have discovered the same epiphany as I, that the resource of sharing experience, opinions and techniques across different career fields and genres is a priceless reservoir of talent.
In addition to our TweetChats and Blogs, there is an almost limitless supply of leadership books falling like snowflakes onto the shelves of bookstores. The problem, again, is time. Pulling the “Golden Nuggets” buried in the center of a 300-page book is tough. Let’s continue to evolve our team and do this together. Please join the Lead With Giants Team on the LinkedIn group and reveal your favorite leadership book. For me, I have 5 books always have in my office and would love to discuss why with you. Surely you have a couple of treasured resources which shaped your style as well. As a team, we can learn more than ever possible individually. Let’s team up and develop a new Leadership Reading List, preferably of lesser-known leadership resources than the Best Seller list. Let’s share with each other the Golden Gems, books hitting other genres but carrying amazing leadership lessons like Daniel Pinks’ DRIVE or Jim Camp’s NO. My only request is for selflessness in this endeavor… please do not push a product in which you have a vested interest or it will detract from honest feedback, interaction and learning points. Thanks for sharing your leadership experience.
CALL TO ACTION: Please share your favorite books in your comment here and feel free to add them to our list here http://www.leadwithgiants.com/best-leadership-books/