Henry Cloud, early on in his book Boundaries for Leaders, states this: “In the end, as a leader, you are always going to get a combination of two things: what you create and what you allow,” (p. 15). This is almost a revelatory statement and when Cloud unpacks it, this becomes a valuable book for your leadership library. Think of that statement for just a moment. What have you created in your family, team, or organization and now, what do you allow to happen on your watch? The impact of this statement is truly practical and important.
As the book progresses, Cloud has two chapters respectively entitled, “Leading So Brains Can Work” and “The Emotional Climate that Makes Brains Perform.” Both chapters contribute some interesting scientific angles to the leadership discussion and reiterate that we are people with bodies and chemistry and not just ideas and ingenuity. I am not sure that chapters 5 and 7-9 offer anything new, but the final chapter surely accents the expertise of Cloud once again and if the final chapter were a separate ebook, it would be worth buying on its own.
When Cloud writes, “the first person you have to lead is yourself,” (p. 211) and follows it up with, “One of the most important self-boundaries that leaders have to establish is against the tendency to put off changes that they know need to be made,” (p. 214), we’re getting not only a good book, but productive consulting. I have said elsewhere on this site that this is now in the top 10 books for your leadership library and I hope you consider it to be part of yours.
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