Chapter review: Leaders Who Last by Peter Kraft

Posted: June 5, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Book Recommendation, Book reviews, Leadership, Productivity
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             There are good and bad things to getting great chapter recommendations. The good thing is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money when someone has already weeded out the best content for you. The bad thing is, when the chapters are exceptionally good, they make you curious about the rest of the material. Reading, Leaders Who Last, chapters 4 and 5 only made you wonder what else was in store. 

            The only two chapters I read were phenomenal. Kraft begins in by encouraging his readers to think about what would be most important for them to do. In terms of priority, what would be the most significant thing to accomplish in your role? He then asks leaders to take stock of how well they have done in protecting their priorities. Kraft knows well that leaders have a tendency of wanting to do everything. I was really encouraged by this chapter to sit down and think of what would be the most beneficial thing for me to be accomplishing. Am I protecting it? What do I need to delegate in order for me to give myself to what only I can accomplish? I never would have thought in this way, if not for the help of Kraft. 

            But then I began to ask myself “Why?” Why do I have to stop certain things that I am doing? Dave followed up with what seemed to be a direct answer to my question. Pacing. It is all about pacing. Leaders have different capacities and it is important for leaders to operate within the God-given capacity that has been entrusted to them.

            I overwork. I have been burnt out. I have felt like quitting…and I am only 25. I need and will always need the reminder that in order to accomplish something well, I need to zero in my energy into what I am gifted to do. I don’t have, nor will I ever have, the capacity to do more than what I am physically, mentally, and spiritually capable of doing.

            Kraft brings home the point by giving us an analogy. Leaders are like rubber bands, which come in different shapes and sizes. Different bands were made for different things. When a rubber band is stretched far too much for far too long, it is only a matter of time before it snaps under the pressure. We need to be able to stretch but come back to a rested position before enduring a prolonged period of hard workflow.

            Overall this, accompanied with the other resources for this month, has made me protect my priorities, and pace myself. This is an extremely helpful resource for young leaders like me. 

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