Book Review: The Heart-Led Leader: How living and leading from the heart will change your organization and your life, by Tommy Spaulding
Author and motivation speaker Tommy Spaulding has penned a book of heart-warming and encouraging stories aimed at changing how we develop a philosophy of leadership. He believes that true game-changing leadership results from leading from the heart.
Leading from the heart means leading with love. If the word love scares you, then use passion, commitment, compassion, servant leadership, purpose-driven, mission-driven, or your choice of any similar word or phrase, because at the core these are all forms of love. In this context, love is simply an unselfish and genuine concern for the good of others. So when we lead from the heart—when we lead with love—we care deeply about serving others, about selflessness, about doing the right thing even when it’s difficult, about developing empathy and demonstrating generosity, about all those ideals that may seem “soft” but, in fact, allow us to live and lead more powerfully.
Rather than a “how-to” book of leadership skills, Spaulding has written a book describing what this type of leader looks like. Most leadership books focus on knowledge and skills. Spaulding’s book focuses on character and attitude. To help make the 18-inch journey from the head to the heart, the author describes 18 characteristics of a heart-led leader—love, humility, caring, passion, selflessness, authenticity, self-awareness, faithfulness, character, vulnerability, forgiveness, purpose, encouragement, empathy, generosity, honesty, trust, and transparency. As the author explains, leadership is not about achievements or impact. It is about building relationships.
While you can read the book in a few hours, you will want to take time to think about whether or not you demonstrate these characteristics and/or how to build them into your life. The book appears to be aimed at a business audience rather than a Christian audience. While he does not backstop his philosophy with Scripture, many of the principles and characteristics are biblical nonetheless.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.