Leadership in Balance, for Emerging and High Potential Leaders

This book was send out to me by the author Mike Lerario(Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army Retired), thank you Mike.


There are a lot of books going around about leadership, growing your business, making money, strategies.. but is that actually where to start?

What should we really do? Where should we really start? It is of course very tempting to start with those books that promise you to grow you and your undertaking to huge successes and world fame.. but the thing is, they all talk about the business, and not about YOU.. Who are you? How are you acting as a team-leader and growing/evolving as a leader as your team and or your business grows.

Who should read this book?

(Exert from the book) This book is written for the new manager or someone who aspires to become a leader. Whether you have just finished school or have been working for some time, you are in(or about to assume) your first real leadership position. What now?

This book will help you to see and understand your natural tendency in each of four critical leadership domains.

This book is also for… Executives, supervisors and human resource professionals looking for new talent.

Logical

That does seem logical, don´t you think? To start by looking at yourself and knowing your tendencies. Looking back on the positions I have been in and the training I had in the Military and civilian sector, I have never really had a solid training in this area I believe. In the Army it was mostly focused on how to instruct students, evaluate them, that kind of stuff, never really on self reflection and leading a small team.



Four Domains

The book focuses on four domains, to give you a good insight into yourself on these points, and the tendency you have.

  • Communications
  • Adaptability
  • Focus
  • Influence

But now you think, how am I going to do this, just reading on these points? How am I going to evaluate how I am ´scoring´in these four domains? Well that is one of the good parts of this book, you get a code to take The Leadership Fulcrum Assessment for free! And see how you are doing these points. This is not a pass/fail kind of test, it is meant to give you an insight into yourself, so you can use that knowledge in the future.


Check out the website -be the fulcrum-

My experiences

By taking the assessment, getting my score and thinking about my past assignments and positions, I did notice some things I could have done better for sure. It also made me realize that as a leader you will have to be able to evolve with your team, as it grows. Where in the beginning you might have to be micromanaging more than in a later phase.

Conclusion

Should you read this book? Yes, for sure. Should you be a leader to read it? No, because it will give you a great insight into yourself. This could also apply for ‘leading’ your family or coaching your son´s soccer-team.

Let me be clear up front, and as a departure from what I am trying to present in this book as an unbiased view of the four leadership domains, that I believe that a foundational aspect of leadership is selflessness. Next to getting the mission accomplished, taking care of their team is the most important thing a good leader does. A leader makes sacrifices and carries burdens too heavy for anyone else on the team. First one up, last one to go to sleep, whatever it takes to accomplish the task and take care of the team, the good leader will do -Mike-


About the author

Mike Lerario(Left)

Mike Lerario was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army in 1983 following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He served twenty-three years on active duty, eleven of those years at Fort Bragg, NC, in the 82nd Airborne Division and at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He commanded two companies, the 82nd Airborne Division Long Range Surveillance Troop and D Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne infantry Regiment – the latter for thirty-one months including eight months in Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Prior to returning to Fort Bragg in 2001, Mike served as the Operations Officer for Joint Task Force Full Accounting, the organization chartered to achieve the fullest possible accounting for our POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War. Mike commanded 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment from June 2001 until July 2003, the last seven of those months in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He completed his military career in the Operations Directorate of JSOC where he returned again to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Upon his retirement from the Army in 2006, Mike went to work as a consultant and project manager for The Wexford Group International, providing specialized consulting services in defense related subjects to the Department of Defense and to NATO. In 2013 he deployed to Afghanistan as an operational advisor to the NATO Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan (NSOCC-A) and again in 2014 as Senior Command Advisor to the Commander, ISAF Joint Command.

In 2014 he founded Crispian Consulting, Inc. and serves as president and principal consultant. Crispian Consulting provides military and defense subject matter experts to a wide range of clients including technology companies, professional sports teams and government agencies. Crispian also provides coaching, training and assessments in leadership development for individuals and organizations.

In addition to his work with Crispian Consulting, Mike is a Director for Leadership Development with All American Leadership, LLC; he serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Fayetteville (North Carolina) Observer editorial board; he works as an adjunct researcher for the RAND Corporation and is also an adjunct faculty member at Fayetteville State University in the School of Business and Economics.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Arts in Leadership Development, both degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
He and his wife, Martha, have been married for thirty-two years and have two sons and two grandchildren.

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Mark.

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