Book Review Essay

1545 Words Apr 29th, 2013 7 Pages
Achieving success, whether it is in a personal, social, or professional setting, is often the end goal of most human efforts. Most of the time, acquiring that success requires hard work, perseverance, and dedication. Yet it is often difficult to maintain the continual motivation needed to overcome the frequent obstacles and setbacks that litter the road to success. C.P Neck’s and C. Manz’s book, Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence, explores strategies and tools to strengthen the key attribute that provides sustenance for an individual’s motivation, self-leadership. The tools encompass ideas such as world-altering strategies, natural reward system, and positive thinking. While each is a different, unique …show more content…
As the author’s shifted focus to psychologically driven concepts, such as mental and thought patterns, the strategies shifted from creating a positive environment to overcoming obstacles. One of the first steps in overcoming an obstacle was to visualize the achievement, to create an “imagined experience”. Envisioning success bolsters a person’s morale and provides a renewed vigor with which to attack the obstacle.
Although the text focused on self-leadership, the authors did discuss how self-leadership is directly tied into the success of teams. The same strategies, which improve self-leadership in oneself, can be extrapolated for a team: removal of negative cues, goal-setting, strong team beliefs and team mental imagery are a few examples. However, in order to ensure the success of the team, there must be a balance of “me and we”, meaning that while individualistic goals must be set and followed, they must coincide with team goals and neither should “outweigh” the other. The importance of fitness to self-image and self-leadership was the penultimate strategy discussed in the text. Studies illustrated the benefits of fitness resulting in improved job performance and professional satisfaction. Lastly, the text discussed the importance of life factors such as happiness, emotional satisfaction, and social responsibility to self-leadership. Different personality types approach

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