This is a review of one of my favorite books of all time, “The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness”, which was just released by my dear friend, Lolly Daskal. It has already reached numerous bestseller lists, Lolly has been called “The Most Inspiring Woman in The World” by Huffington Post, and designated a Top 50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. Magazine. After decades of advising and inspiring some of the most eminent chief executives in the world, Lolly Daskal has uncovered a startling pattern: within each leader are powerful abilities that are also hidden impediments to greatness. In this book, she reveals her proven system, which leaders at any level can apply to dramatically improve their results.
Her system concentrates on who you need to be while leading. She says that within us are two competing sides of polarity, but only one leads to greatness. If we want to lead better and have a positive impact, we must constantly observe when our strengths are showing itself, and when our weaknesses creep up. Inspired by the works of Carl Jung, Victor Frankl, and Joseph Campbell, Lolly designed the 7 Archetypes of a Great Leader and what their shadows are: (This is intended to be gender-neutral, but for the purpose of this article and her book’s consistency, Lolly uses “he” and “his”.)
Learning these archetypes has had an immediate effect on how I view my leadership style, and how I can better connect with the people I lead and serve. Lolly advocates that we must be a habitual life learner because: “When you stop questioning, you stop learning. And when you stop learning, you stop leading”.
Lolly’s gift is helping leaders identify what stands between them and their greatness — their leadership gap. Lolly says:
I know that identifying our gaps and weaknesses can be a daunting task, but once we gain clarity about them, we can learn to work around them. After reading Lolly’s books, I uncovered a secret I had been sitting on since I was a kid. I never realized how much that secret was holding me back and she encouraged me to give voice to it. I shared it with my community and it feels like 1,000 lbs have been lifted off my shoulders, I’m now ready to stand in my fullest light.
Don’t let your gaps stand in your way.
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Hope ya’ll are having a phenomenal day on Earth, remember It’s Your World Go Explore!
With Love and Pasta Sauce,
Chief Question Asker, 7:47 Club
Originally published at medium.com