Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business | Kevin Kruse

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2019: Book #29

“What do gambling, sex, drugs, and smartphones have in common? Dopamine.

It’s been called the love drug. Dopamine is a chemical released in the brain to reinforce pleasurable activities. And it turns out we get a dopamine response from the simple activity of checking our phone throughout the day.

Many make the comparison to pulling the lever on a slot machine. With every pull – I mean…every phone check – we’re wondering, what are we going to get this time? And the fact that you don’t win every single time is what makes it fun. It makes it addicting.

Psychologists refer to this as the effect of variable rewards. It’s the anticipation. Maybe the last three times you looked you only got boring pictures of other people’s food, political rants, and other people’s kids doing supposedly cute things. But every now and then…jackpot! Goats doing yoga! Your joke got five more likes! Your sister left a comment, “LMAO”! A baby elephant chasing some birds! Dopamine, dopamine, dopamine, yay!”

“…leaders should strive to have the players care as much about the team as the coach does.”

“Strong cultures tend to be self-reinforcing.”

“If you’re the boss, it’s easy to say that you and your direct reports are “equals” or peers. “Hey, I’m just like all of you, I just have a different job.” It’s easy to believe that you’re the same as your team members and your role is just to coach. But it’s just not true.”

“Do football players need the head coach to be their friend? Or do they need the coach to push them, to challenge them, to correct them in order to make them better? Helping others to become the best they can be – even if they don’t like it – that is the selfless act.”

“You can be kind, compassionate, and supportive while being rigid about results.”

Those are just a few quotes from the fascinating book, Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business by Kevin Kruse.

Kruse tackles several areas where leaders often struggle such as the open door policy, the use of smartphones, wanting to be liked, transparency, and showing weakness.

Instead of presenting just one way of addressing each of these issues, he brings wisdom from sports coaches, business leaders, military commanders and many more.

Different methods work from different leaders. There isn’t just ONE WAY to do all these things.

This is a superb read for any leader.

I give it five out of five stars.

That’s book #29 for 2019.
23 more to go

Remember, all leaders are readers.
If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.
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