The book I chose to read for this assignment was The 9 Natural Laws of Leadership by Warren Blank. Although I haven’t read many leadership books, I believe that this one has an original concept. The belief held by the author is that leadership as in nature there are laws that govern. This is the continuing theme in this book, but the book itself is based on how to become a quantum leader.
The 9 laws themselves appear early in the book. These laws are found in every leader and are as follows.
2. Leadership is a field of interaction- relationships between leaders and former allies
4. Leaders use influence beyond normal authority
5. Leaders operate outside the boundaries of organization
6. Leadership requires risk and uncertainty
7. Not everyone will follow a leader’s initiative
8. Consciousness- information processing capacity- creates leadership
9. Leadership is a self-referral process. Leaders and followers process information from their own subjective, internal frame of reference
In each of the following chapters these are further explained, and the major ones such as consciousness, leadership as an event and self-referral it goes heavily in depth.
All through out this book is mentioned the phrase quantum leadership. As in physics quantum leadership represents the evolution to the more modern way of thinking. The quantum view of leadership differs form the classical
Classical Physics View of Leadership Quantum Physics View of Leadership
1. Leadership is its parts 1.Leadership is a field
2. Leadership a continuous attribute of a person 2.Leadership is a discontinuous event
3. Leadership influence is based on force 3.Leadership influence is an interaction
4.Leadership conforms to cause and effect logic 4.Leadership is unpredictable
5.Leadership is an objective phenomenon 5.Leadership, a subjective phenomenon
This book gives many examples of how there are different leadership types citing many examples of how the major leaders lead. The most important thing this book explains is that in order to be successful you must think outside the box and also pay attention to detail. They give three examples of paying attention to detail that I thought really show how important it is. The first example was of Bill Gates who is know for his innovation, but inside Microsoft he is renowned for his attention to detail. Employees at Microsoft are often made aware of math mistakes in newsletters or minor accounting. Another good example is of Ray Kroch who founded McDonalds. Ray Kroch went all around the country checking McDonalds restaurants for quality control. While checking for basic good service and cleanliness, he also checked even the minutest detail. Ray checked the cooking time on hamburgers and the temperature on the fries because he believed that the little things are as important as the big when you’re running a business. The last example was of Sam Walton founder of Wal-Mart. Sam Walton traveled the country always asking customers humbly if they were happy with the service they were receiving and if there was anything they thought WalMart needed.
The book’s other main point was thinking outside the box. This point was made through two extremely good examples one was IBM the other was of Sears.
IBM was the largest computer manufacturer in the United States refused to change. Upon suggestion that they form smaller companies to better compete in their market place. The board of IBM laughed at this suggestion and kept their company large and sloppily run. They also scoffed at small businessman named Ross Perot who suggested they service their own software, which they should install on their machines. The people at IBM turned Ross Perot down flat. He went on to start his own computer company. IBM suffered hard for its mistakes losing its software share to Microsoft and losing out on new business opportunities by not being able to move fast enough.
The other example was of Sears. In the 1980’s Wal-Mart was not even in Sears business plan, they thought neighborhood business was unprofitable. They instead decided to stay with a mail order catalog and mall locations. Wal-Mart continued to grow and is now the largest retailer in the United States.
This book says leaders take initiative and do there own thing, this book is filled with many acronyms, but none I like more than G.A.P or (get another perspective) this is a great thing to know in order to be a great leader. When the founder of U.S.A Today started his paper people thought he was crazy. But his idea of a national paper prospered.
When he originally started the weather page was purple. When a reader responded that the sky should be blue the owner agreed, and so it took. He also accepted that in order to be totally profitable he would have to sell subscriptions.
All the aspects of being a leader mentioned in this book identify the difference between leaders and managers. The very first story in this book allows the reader to decide what they believe leadership is. The character Helen is the leader and the character Barry is a manager. The difference was that people followed Helen because they believed in her ideas and experience, Barry on the other hand people only followed because he was there superior.
Later in the book comes one of the most important points a leader cannot lead without followers. Followers are what make a leader without followers leaders are nothing and therefore appreciation is one of a good leaders best traits.