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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