Inspirational

Finding the Good Life as a SWALeader

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Quick, easy and interesting to read, Hoffman's advice is sound enough that you won't question it.

Synopsis

Swiss Army Leadership (SWAL) is an effective, modern-day leadership concept based on 10 years of international experience in 6 different countries. The SWAL concept is the key to finding the good life, while experiencing a fulfilling leadership journey that goes beyond worldly success and financial status. This book will also advise the reader on how to adapt his or her leadership strategy to modern day norms in order to succeed in present and future leadership endeavors. The SWAL concept is for all aspiring leaders looking to make a lasting impact on their followers, while also leaving a legacy.

Some people think leadership is an innate quality. Some think you can learn it. For Zach Hoffman, it’s a matter of belief, hard work, discipline and single-mindedness. One can’t be a leader if one doesn’t think and act like one, honing both the skills necessary for one’s field as well as those required to prosper within it.


I found myself liking this book a lot. It’s a quick read, despite over 200 pages, and easy too. I could barely put it down as I progressed through it, absorbing all that Hoffman had to say about becoming the best leader that one could be. His advice is sensible and logical, stemming from many personal experiences over his years of coaching and it shows. Hoffman is frank about his own failings and even more so about what he’s learned from them, leading by example rather than simply preaching to the reader.


I appreciated this a lot, as the book was a bit redundant at times. The anecdotes broke that up and made his advice easier to digest, even as he repeated himself several times, leading me to roll my eyes sometimes.


It also helped that he’s quite an earnest writer. You can tell that he takes his own advice seriously and practices it as much as he can. This was quite beneficial for the book as it lent it an air of authenticity that coloured how I saw the content.


That being said, I didn’t really like the extended sports metaphors that were used. While I do understand that the author is using what he knows, it’s quite alienating for someone who might not understand the effort that goes into sports, particularly American football. Furthermore, they weren’t necessary, given that the past experiences he used did much the same job to get his point across.


All in all, it’s a good book. Not too long, not too short and it gives the reader a clear idea of what good leadership can look like. Pick it up if it interests you because it really is quite good at what it does.

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Synopsis

Swiss Army Leadership (SWAL) is an effective, modern-day leadership concept based on 10 years of international experience in 6 different countries. The SWAL concept is the key to finding the good life, while experiencing a fulfilling leadership journey that goes beyond worldly success and financial status. This book will also advise the reader on how to adapt his or her leadership strategy to modern day norms in order to succeed in present and future leadership endeavors. The SWAL concept is for all aspiring leaders looking to make a lasting impact on their followers, while also leaving a legacy.

Realization: Leadership isn’t Enough

Realization: Leadership isn’t Enough

A lot of people lay claim to the title of ‘leader’ simply because it makes them seem qualified for a more prestigious position. However, many fail to understand how effective leadership works, effective being the operative word. In my personal experience, I have seen people hold leadership positions because they were academically qualified, but lacked the skill of effective leadership required to make impact in that role.

Throughout this book, you will see terms like developing;, aspiring; and effective leadership. The reason I don’t use the word ‘leadership’ alone is simply because it doesn’t always convey its full meaning and true purpose. The unfortunate reality is that there are a number of people occupying various leadership roles who are ineffective and flawed in their leadership methods. The purpose of this book is to help aspiring, morally driven leaders realize, grow and develop their leadership capabilities as it relates to an ever-changing business culture. You will also see the acronym SWAL throughout this book, and it means ‘Swiss-Army Leadership.’ Just as a Swiss- Army knife is diverse in its functionality, the same must also be true for aspiring leaders in modern society.

The SWAL concept is the basis for this book, and is a model I have developed from my 10 years of living and working in 6 different countries. What I have learned more than anything is that people are different; it sounds like a simple realization, but it is crucial to effective leadership. SWAL requires one to dig deeper and not just deal with people at surface level. In order to truly earn one’s respect and trust, it is vital that we understand the importance of using our social skills to reach each individual in a group. The SWAL concept is my solution to achieving effective, modern day leadership by adapting these social skills and using them to leave a legacy and acquire a sense of fulfillment. Implementing the SWAL model will help heighten one's awareness to the different personalities and motivating factors present within society. As I mentioned earlier, there is a huge difference between effective leadership and mere leadership. The good news is that effective leadership can be developed.

There is a popular saying that “leaders are born; not made.” Well, from my experience, I strongly disagree; effective leaders can be developed! I am living proof of this fact. Now, you may wonder who I am to make such a bold claim. While I am not a famous athlete like LeBron James, a billionaire CEO like Mark Zuckerberg, or a well-known speaker like Tony Robbins, I am a young man who has lived a fulfilling and eventful life. From the age of eighteen, I have had the rare privilege of being in various leadership roles in six different countries. I accepted the challenge to effectively lead people from all walks of life; from the United States to Poland, France, Germany, Italy and Austria; and I have had the opportunity to see and experience life in its different forms. My experiences have been amazingly beautiful, with a fair share of disheartening ones. Through my mistakes and my triumphs, I have realized how important effective leadership is in regards to personal and collective success as well as emotional fulfillment. In the end, there is no doubt that I have been blessed, as what I do is something I never could have imagined growing up in a tiny rural town in Western Pennsylvania. My experiences have inspired me to help people to become more effective leaders in all aspects of their lives, and understand that they can change their life and mentality for the better if they make the commitment and take action! I have the experience to prove that the Swiss-Army Leadership concept is a model for success for everyone from the most prominent business person to the parent coaching their son or daughter’s youth soccer team. In this book, I will also share personal experiences which I hope will prove to you the effectiveness of SWAL. It is my hope that at the end, you will have gained a new perspective on what effective modern-day leadership looks like.

There is no doubt that our society needs to move away from the ineffectiveness of past methods, and move forward into developing quality, morally-driven leaders. These are the people who will eventually lay the path to bringing our broken society back together again. I strongly believe that societal ills such as racism, the love of money, selfishness, etc. can be directly traced to a lack of effective leadership. So let’s dive into what it means to be a SWALeader.


About the author

Zach is an Italian/American citizen, leadership developer & former pro American football player. From a small, rural town, he spent his 20’s traveling the world playing & coaching football. During his time abroad he developed SWAL based on his many thrilling experiences in various leadership roles. view profile

Published on August 12, 2020

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