The Leader’s Book­shelf

Edited by Joshua Lansell-Kenny and Daniel G Tay­lor

Business First - - CONTENTS - by Joshua Lansell-Kenny and Daniel G Tay­lor

The 7 Habits of Highly Ef­fec­tive People (25th An­niver­sary Edi­tion): Pow­er­ful Lessons in Per­sonal Change. By Stephen R Cover. Si­mon & Schus­ter, 2013 $24.99.

Few books merit read­ing more than once. Of those, even less are wor­thy of be­ing reread ev­ery year. The 7 Habits of Highly Ef­fec­tive People is one such book.

The habits that the late Dr Covey teaches are con­cerned with great­ness of char­ac­ter. To achieve this, you first mas­ter yourself. Only then can you achieve ef­fec­tive­ness with other people.

The fi­nal habit over­laps all the oth­ers: take care of yourself as you pur­sue your mis­sion. The 7 Habits steps be­yond the la­bel of “clas­sic” and is wor­thy of be­ing called “wis­dom lit­er­a­ture.” That’s a la­bel Covey him­self gives to the great­est books.

Each time you read The 7 Habits , you’ll learn some­thing new. What it teaches you will be as rel­e­vant to­day as it is five, ten, fifty or 500 years from now.

And while Covey at­tracted crit­i­cism for his use of man­age­ment jar­gon, in many places his prose is as sim­ple, el­e­gant and beau­ti­ful as any­thing you’d find in the great­est clas­sics. What strikes me most about The 7 Habits af­ter study­ing it for 20 years is how it cap­tures the hu­man­ity of Dr Covey; it’s im­per­fect, but it is au­then­tic.

This is one of the few books I rec­om­mend any­one read. But if you’re a leader, then this is your ba­sic text. -- DGT.

The Wolf of Wall Street (Film Tie-in Edi­tion). By Jordan Belfort. Ha­chette Aus­tralia, 2013. $22.99.

CEOs be­ware: only read this if you’re look­ing for a big les­son in how NOT to run a com­pany.

Jordan Belfort rises from noth­ing and then loses ev­ery­thing that mat­ters. He’s open about his flaws.

His ar­ro­gance sees him go sail­ing into 20-foot waves. He lost his he­li­copter, boat -- and nearly his life.

He be­lieves he’s bul­let­proof, break­ing sev­eral se­cu­ri­ties laws. As a re­sult, he has a life­time ban from the bro­ker­age mar­ket.

As a “man of power,” Belfort thinks he can sleep with as many women -- and take as many drugs -- as he wants. In­stead, he loses his wife.

At heart, The Wolf of Wall Street tells of a life de­stroyed by co­caine-fu­elled in­san­ity and how Belfort goes on to pull his life back to­gether. It’s be­cause of this, he can of­fer hope.

Through bla­tant dis­re­gard for the law, Belfort’s ca­reer shifted to high gear, earn­ing more than one mil­lion dol­lars a week.

At the peak of his drug use, he was down to three hours of sleep -- a week. Af­ter a psy­chotic episode, he went into re­hab and came out clean.

If you think you’ve been through some set­backs, this book will show you how to bounce for­ward. -- JLK.

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