Book Review – Positive Influence
Positive influence is a term I’ve used many times over the years. And now authors Michael Parker and Glenn Parker have put together a practical book that brilliantly defines the term.
The premise of Positive Influence is summed up very succinctly in the subtitle “The Leader Who Helps People Become Their Best Self“. Leaders who use their platform to make other people the best that they can become in a powerfully positive manner end up leaving an incredible legacy. And as the authors point out, not just in the leader’s life, but in the countless lives of others they have influenced.
Michael and Glenn take you through a variety of business people, entertainers, politicians and everyday people form all spectrum and facets of life to support their studies of positive, influential leaders.
The four portions of the book are simple and fundamentally sound for transforming the leadership impact you can create.
They start by establishing the interconnected world and symbiosis we all need and have in one another. They show how teamwork (one of Glenn’s hallmark focuses in his career) and leaning on others are the basis for anything worthwhile that is accomplished.
They then explain and elaborate on the four types of positive leaders – the Supportive Leader, the Teacher Leader, the Motivating Leader and the ROle Model Leader. They show great examples of these types and how their impact is still felt in present day.
The next section shows the leaders how they can help other people become their best self during times of crisis and in transforming negative influences into positive ones. Michael and Glenn emphasize the importance of serving others as an integral part for this to succeed.
Finally, the authors sum up the last section with the various tools and resources leaders need to be impactful in making others better.
The book is written in a positive, motivational and conversational style, with a number of lists laid out to make it easy to take notes and keep in mind the steps to change your leadership influence in a lasting and gratifying way.
Positive Influence is recommended reading if you want to truly make a difference in others’ lives and leadership. It will change the way you look at both your role and leadership as a whole.