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Best Business Book of 2017: Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude

Best Business Book of 2017: Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude

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We can’t say we have read and reviewed every business books published in 2017, but we have read many, interviewed authors, read reviews and we have chosen Lead Your Self First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin as the best business book of 2017.

Lead Yourself First

This is a stand-out book about solitude and its impact on real leaders in their times of stress.  It has stories about contemporary leaders and advice on finding and using solitude.  As they say, the book is ultimately learning to lead yourself first.   

As I got into the book I said to myself, “Ok, I get it, leaders need solitude in many different forms to reach the best decisions.  Like many books this was apparent in the first 50-100 pages, but I was compelled to keep reading because of stories of well-known leaders and how they applied solitude to reach decisions and cope with reality.”

This is not a book du jour, it is a book about leadership traits that must be adhered to today to make better decision in the future.  As voices become louder and more frequently distracting, no one can deny that thinking time is needed.

The authors are a Federal Appeals Court Judge, Raymond Kethledge and combat veteran and West Pointer Michael S. Erwin, who discuss how solitude can create clarity, moral direction, and leadership for others. 

Amazon:

  • Kindle: $9.50
  • Hardcover: 18.22

Barnes & Noble:

  • Nook: $10.99
  • Hardcover: $18.57

Some of their thoughts and those they interviewed:

  • “Solitude yields clarity to know when the easy path is the wrong one.”  Location 150 Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin 
  • “Clarity is often a difficult thing for a leader to obtain. Concerns of the present tend to loom larger than potentially greater concerns that lie farther away.”  Location 183  Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin 
  • “A reflective leader will ask not only what decision she should make, but whether and how her actions advance some larger purpose.”   Location 195  Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin 
  • “It doesn’t need to be a quiet place. It just has to be in a place where I can allow my mind to focus on something.” General Stanley McChrystal
  • “Build pockets of solitude in your life”
  • “There’s also an action bias: ‘Do something!’ Sometimes it’s more important to stop and get your wits together.” Howard Prince
  • Susan Cain's Book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”  Location 441
  • “Insert white space in your calendar”
  • “Make big decisions in the calm.” —DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
  • “Viktor Frankl wrote about how between every stimulus and response, there is a space. Silence and solitude creates a sacred space, an elongated space. But the leader who steps outside events is a leader who can change them.
  • “The leader who is placid inside is much more formidable in battle.” —GENERAL JAMES MATTIS
  • Doug Conant: ‘To thine own self be true.’ But you can’t be true to yourself if you don’t know yourself in a deeper way. And you can’t know yourself without introspection.”

Of course, you can view the books named by Forbes here in an article by Shep Hyken who named the Top Ten Business Books for 2017.  

You may also want to look at 12 of the Best Business Books of 2017, According to the Stanford Business School in an article by Melanie Curtin.

And then CNBC in the article by Catherine Clifford 13 of the best business books of 2017.  

All of these reviews are different, none agree with each other but each are worth reading to build a library of books that will help you and your business.

They gave good reasons why their choices are to be considered the top books for 2017, but they missed the best of them all:  Lead Your Self First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin.

Amazon:

  • Kindle: $9.50
  • Hardcover: 18.22

Barnes & Noble:

  • Nook: $10.99
  • Hardcover: $18.57
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