Hacking Leadership

The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly

by Mike Myatt

Number of pages: 190

Publisher: Wiley

BBB Library: Leadership, Corporate Success

ISBN: 9781118817414

About the Author

Mike Myatt is a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and their Boards of Directors. Widely regarded as America’s Top CEO Coach, he is a Forbes leadership columnist, a member of the board of directors at the Gordian Institute, and the Founder and Chairman at N2Growth. Mr. Myatt is commonly regarded as one of the world’s most recognized authorities on leadership. At the 2013 Thinkers50 Awards sponsored by Harvard Business Review, he was recognized as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers globally. Trust Across America selected him as one of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Business Thought Leaders, and Inc. Magazine recognized him as one of the top 50 leadership and management experts in the world.


Editorial Review

Everyone has blind spots. The purpose of Hacking Leadership is to equip leaders at every level with an actionable framework to identify blind spots and close leadership gaps. The bulk of the book is based on actionable, topical leadership and management hacks to bridge eleven gaps every business needs to cross in order to create a culture of leadership: leadership, purpose, future, mediocrity, culture, talent, knowledge, innovation, expectation, complexity, and failure.  Hacking Leadership offers a fresh perspective that makes it easy for leaders to create a roadmap to identify, refine, develop, and achieve their leadership potential--and to create a more effective business that is financially solvent and professionally desirable.  

Book Reviews

“The author’s style of writing is what gives this book its distinctive quality. For example, rather than simply stating that leadership is important to business success, the author boldly asserts: “Businesses don’t fail, projects don’t fail, and products don’t fail – leaders fail” The phrasing in this book appears to be chosen very carefully to make the reader pause and reflect on its meaning.”— Emerald Insight

“This is a book that will challenge you to consider your current practices. It will push you to think differently and it will make you a bit uncomfortable with your answers to some of the questions posed.” — Kevin Eikenberry

“All leaders have blind spots which they aren't aware of and these results in gaps in leadership. While not all gaps will have a major impact on how you function as a leader, some do and so it's important to know how to identify these and become aware of self imposed limitations and perceptual biases that you may have.” — The Economic Times

“As the world becomes increasingly complex and business owners face more pressures than ever before, leadership advice hasn’t really changed. That’s why Mike Myatt, a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and author of new book “Hacking Leadership,” set out to provide shortcuts that would simplify the complexities of building a successful business.” — Business Insider

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Wisdom to Share

Rate yourself as a leader currently—not your leadership potential—on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 representing the worst and 10 being the best. Put yourself in the shoes of those who rated you—how impassioned and motivated would you be to awaken each morning to go to work for a leader who rates somewhere between 4 and 6?

Most people use their knowledge and resources to acquire things which satisfy their personal desires, which in their minds constitute success. Contrast this with the leaders who use these resources and knowledge to serve and benefit others, which constitutes significance.

It is difficult to think of any great leader or organization where purpose is misunderstood or lacking. A shared purpose is what fuels leaders, attracts talents, and creates a sustainable culture of leadership. A unified purpose can endure all things.

Attempting to define the organizational purpose without asking “why” is like trying to start your engine without placing the key in the ignition, it won’t work. Smart leaders always start with why.

Leadership is the business of articulating vision (why), and then aligning people (who) with said vision—these are the two key strategic elements of leadership (leadership + purpose + people = culture).

Leadership is influencing the thoughts and actions of others so that individual interests are aligned with business interests.

Everything in business begins and ends with leadership. Hire leaders, develop them to become better leaders, and teach them to repeat the process.

Good leaders view all employees as key, and great leaders don’t label people as high potentials—they ensure people achieve their potential.

An aligned vision based on clearly stated values and the character to hold people accountable to values over outcomes creates a high trust culture.

Conflict and challenge are part of change. When leaders engage people with stimulating and probing conversation they learn and grow.

The most stable leaders understand that their success is rooted in the care and well-being of those they lead. When those you lead know you care, it creates a sense of trust and stability not found in more mercenary and callous leaders.

Performance is always tied to your preparation. Training, development, and life-long-learning are cornerstones of stable leadership.

Great leaders stand behind what they believe. Compromise can yield significance and benefits, but your value system, your character, or your integrity should never be compromised.

If the people you lead are afraid to make mistakes, you will never see their best work. You will lead them to perpetual state of mediocrity. Smart leaders make it save for people to think big, try new things, and take risks.

The greatest testimony to the power of real leadership is what happens in its absence—very little.