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Initially we were a little confused by this book. The focus on 10x leadership seemed to echo so much of what’s been said in Grant Cardone’s The 10x Rule that we weren’t sure what was new. But we were wrong. The Joy of Leadership by Tal Ben-Shahar and Angus Ridgeway (Wiley, August 2017) is an excellent antidote to some of the greatest challenges faced by businesspeople in the western world today. It addresses the unrelenting pressure we put on ourselves (and others) to do it all.

The powerful partnership of a former McKinsey consultant and Harvard professor has resulted in a hard-hitting take on the meaning of ‘leadership’ and coupled it with a framework for rethinking your own life. Using stories, anecdotes, and lots of research, the book pulls together so many strands of current management thinking, addressing everything from the power of purpose and the importance of habit, to the undeniable benefits of focussing on positive psychology. It’s practical, but not simplistic. It covers well-trodden ground, but takes the thinking beyond the platitudes so common in personal development books. And finlly, it gives you permission to give yourself a break.

This book is a must read if:

  • You feel completely overwhelmed by the sheer weight of responsibility in your personal and business life
  • You never find time to get to the gym
  • You feel like there are lots of things in your life that don’t get the attention you’d like, simply because you’re too busy.

Do check it out, and let us know what you think too!