As the title implies, the focus of The Hope-Drive Leader is on the power of hope. However, the book doesn’t keep leadership at its center, it drifts off into general life skills and skims multiple psychological theories and papers to highlight trends. Each chapter gives a key takeaway, belief and behavior.
If you haven’t explored the power of hope at all, this book may be a good place to start. It covers the principles generally and encourages application. I didn’t find it particularly insightful as I have a degree in psychology and have spent years digging into leadership, I found the content light. Bearing that in mind, I have to give it a three out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale.
From the back cover:
Zeroing in on what she sees as the defining issue of creating a more purposeful and productive workplace, Gill explains the science of hope theory, which is “the interconnection between beliefs and behaviors,” and explores how it can shift mindsets from siloed to collaborative and productivity levels from sluggish to robust.
The Hope-Driven Leader is not about feel-good theory or loaded with dry data. It’s an accessible, multi-step action guide informed by the thousands of people Gill has coached in both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds around the globe. It includes skill-building lessons based on research and illustrated by personal stories and case studies such as:
• Enhancing leadership skills
• Crafting a personal brand
• Becoming an influencer
• Managing global teams
• Navigating high-impact conversations
• Handling challenges specific to women leaders
• And much more
Whether you are a rising star or a seasoned leader in your own business, a corporation, or your community, The Hope-Driven Leader offers you a roadmap for instilling those positive beliefs and behaviors into the core of your being and the culture of your workplace. Let the journey begin!
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Diversion Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.