The Habits of Effective Leaders

17 Sep

H3 LeadershipBook Review: H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle, by Brad Lomenick

Great leaders are not born. Great leaders are not made. Great leaders are developed through hard work, habitual work. This is the conviction of Brad Lomenick, former lead visionary and president of Catalyst, one of America’s largest movements of next-generation leaders. As the author explains,

Leaders will develop a variety of habits throughout their lives, but these three words divide them into categories that help answer three of the most import questions every influencer must ask:

  • HUMBLE: “Who am I?”
  • HUNGRY: “Where do I want to go?”
  • HUSTLE: “How will I get there?”

This alliterated trio has become my personal life mantra over the last decade because it encapsulates the philosophy that undergirds what I believe it takes to become a change agent in the modern world. Leading is difficult, and anyone who has been in a position of authority or influence for very long knows this. It’s hard work. But leadership is more than hard work; it is habitual work. It is worked out every day in the tasks we complete, the ways we approach our work, and the rhythms we nurture in our lives. It hangs on the hooks of the patterns we create, not just the success we may stumble upon.

The author wrote the book after taking a four-month sabbatical. He had become burned out. Overwork caused him to drift away from his core values. Taking a sabbatical forced him to reevaluate his beliefs and values. The book is a result of his reflections.

Lomenick reflects on his own leadership journey and the habits that propelled him forward. He explains 20 of the most important under his mantra’s three categories:


  • Self-Discovery: Know who you are
  • Openness: Share the real you with others
  • Meekness: Remember it’s not about you
  • Conviction: Stick to your principles
  • Faith: Prioritize your day so God is first
  • Assignment: Live out your calling


  • Ambition: Develop an appetite for what’s next
  • Curiosity: Keep learning
  • Passion: Love what you do
  • Innovation: Stay current, creative, and engaged
  • Inspiration: Nurture a vision for a better tomorrow
  • Bravery: Take calculated risks


  • Excellence: Set standards that scare you
  • Stick-with-it-ness: Take the long view
  • Execution: Commit to completion
  • Team Building: Create an environment that attracts and retains the best and brightest
  • Partnership: Collaborate with colleagues and competitors
  • Margin: Nurture healthier rhythms
  • Generosity: Leave the world a better place
  • Succession: Find power in passing the baton

Each chapter follows a similar format. The author explains his main point using personal illustrations, quotes, and examples from both business and Scripture. He then gives several bullet point applications of how to put it into practice. He closes each chapter with 2-3 interviews with pastors and business leaders explaining how they implement the principles.

The book appears to be aimed at 20-30 somethings, those just starting out on their leadership journey. Whether you are a novice leader or a veteran, you can learn helpful principles about leadership from the author’s insights.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on September 17, 2015 in Books, Leadership


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