Book Review

How the Best Leaders Lead

Proven Secrets to Getting the Most Out of Yourself and Others

by Brian Tracy, AMACOM, New York, N.Y., 2010, 238 pp., $24.95 hardcover

Brian Tracy is a top business speaker, consultant and author of 45 books. His latest, How the Best Leaders Lead, reveals itself as one written for an audience most likely composed of business executives.

All of Tracy’s references to leadership are scripted for business leaders, military leaders or sport leaders. He believes only the fit will survive because of the challenging times in which we live.

Tracy asserts that leadership is the single most important causal agent in the success or failure of an organization. Though educational leadership is not broached as a “singular type of leadership,” Tracy states, “Your entire success as a person and a leader is determined by your ability to solve problems effectively and well. … Whatever title is written on your business card, your real job is problem solver.”

A leader must be able to motivate others to follow a vision, to support and achieve the goals and objectives you have ascribed, and to buy into the mission of the organization as you see it. Leadership is seen through the lens of the author to be more about who you are than what you do.

The data in this book, though not chronicled specifically toward educational leadership, have applicability to school leaders.

Reviewed by Leon T. Hobbs, president, Hobbs Leadership Group, Flowery Branch, Ga.