Greater Than Yourself (GTY) is NOT any ordinary leadership book. Unlike many of the books I review, and quickly discard, this book is special.
The author, Steve Farber, has taken the concept of The Golden Rule and effectively enhanced it for the benefit of everyone involved.
The challenge of Greater Than Yourself is NOT to become the best leader you can be. No, that will come as the result of giving the most of yourself to someone who you feel compelled to lift up, support, encourage, teach, coach and mentor.
This book is told as an inspiring parable. Farber is a highly effective story teller and he does a fantastic job of keeping his readers glued to every chapter. He wraps thought-provoking ideas into actionable principles of genuine leadership.
"Lack of faith is self makes people afraid of meeting challenges - you must believe in yourselfself!"
Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership is built on three solid principles:
The author is the first to admit that the process of GTY can feel awkward at first, even counter-intuitive.
Most of us are taught early on to compete hard and to work hard to maintain a competitive advantage over anyone who might someday threaten our position.
"Strong leaders are giving leaders. They understand the Law of Reciprocity."
Farber maintains that while giving of yourself may feel strange because of how we tend to be conditioned, giving is actually a human need and the perceived risks of giving are myths.
Helping our fellow man, coaching our subordinates, sharing our best practices with peers – all of these actions make us better, stronger – not weaker.
Leaders who have a loyal following are those who instinctually work alongside their team members, holding their hands and showing them the way to success.
GTY leaders are often heard saying things like:
- “Here, let me show you how – watch me.”
- “Now, you try this and let me observe your approach, then we can discuss how it felt and how you might fine-tune it next time.”
- “Excellent job! You did that perfectly. I’m impressed!”
The Greater Than Yourself approach truly has the power to change the world. I encourage my readers to take the first step and read this book today. You’ll be glad you did.
By the way, there is also a powerful foreward written by Patrick Lencioni and Matthew Kelly, very inspiring!
Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership. He is a leadership consultant and speaker, and is the author of the national bestseller The Radical Leap, and The Radical Edge. He lives in San Diego, California.
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."- Vincent Lombardi