By Timothy H. Warneka
Black Belt Consulting Group
If you’re looking for a goldmine of timeless leadership treasures, you’ll want to add Leading People The Black Belt Way to your collection. This book is unique because Warneka weaves his vast knowledge of eastern philosophy through the basic principles of emotional intelligence. It’s thought provoking and loaded with plenty gems of wisdom. He highlights key points with bolding, for easy reference later. Each chapter ends with a summary and a learning experiment to help you implement the key concepts.
The book’s content is written around the framework of The Seven Solutions of Black Belt Leadership:
1. Know the Five Core Problems of Leadership
2. Understand Leadership as a Relational Process
3. Seek Harmony in Leadership
4. Lead People Rather than Pushing or Pulling Them
5. Cultivate Emotional Engagement
6. Practice Embodied Leadership
7. Follow The Black Belt Cycle of Leading People
Don’t worry if you don’t really understand the meaning from this list. Warneka thoroughly defines “what is meant” at the beginning of each chapter.
This book is a great investment because it’s jam packed with hidden gems. It’s so content rich that he could have easily broken it down to several smaller, simpler books. Warneka clearly put his heart and soul into this piece of work.
I’m an avid business book reader and I have to say that I found it to be on the difficult side to read. Each chapter is prefaced with an eastern philosophy based story, which I personally found a bit distracting. If you’re going to read it cover to cover, consider taking it in bite-sized chunks to maximize the benefits. Read one chapter every 2 – 4 weeks, complete the experiments at the end, and give your self plenty of time to sift, sort, and learn from the material.
If you couldn’t put down Daniel Goleman’s books on emotional intelligence, you’re likely to be thrilled with this book. On the other hand, if you found Goleman’s books to be great reference material versus engaging and inspirational, you’ll likely feel the same way about this one.
Regardless, it’s a great addition to your business book library.