Leading With Happiness: How the Best Leaders Put Happiness First to Create Phenomenal Business Results and a Better World ペーパーバック – 2017/11/16
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"What an inspiring book. Every leader should read it and learn how to promote happiness for employees, customers, suppliers, investors, and even the leader him- or herself. That type of leadership has been integral to our success and I know it will boost your results too."
- Garry Ridge, CEO WD-40 Company
This book presents a simple but radical idea: The fundamental goal of any leader should be to increase happiness in the world. Leaders who don't do that are doing it wrong.
Drawing on fascinating lessons from psychology, neurology and philosophy, this book demonstrates why leaders should put happiness first - for themselves, their employees, their customers, and the wider world - and why happy leaders are more successful.
Learn from some of the best and happiest leaders in business, arts, politics and the military, including:
- The symphony orchestra conductor who discovered that happy musicians play better music
- The company founder who got much better results when he stopped being a jerk and started being nice
- The industrial CEO who had to unlearn everything he'd been taught about leadership to create a happy and successful manufacturing giant
- The nuclear submarine commander who stopped giving orders
- The IT executive who brought his company out of a major crisis by focusing on his employees' happiness
“Leading with happiness is compelling—it’s useful, well-researched, and downright fun to read. I especially loved Kjerulf’s insights about what “happy leadership” is and is not, and his stories and strategies about leading with happiness during tough times. Kjerulf’s advice “If you have their back, they’ll have yours” are words that every leader ought to live every day."
- Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt.
I love Alexander's mission of creating more happiness in the workplace. I loved the fact that he provides a lot of examples on why happiness matters, what are the benefits, the obstacles, and so on. I never felt that the book was boring or overwhelming.
There are so many ideas there that I ended up highlighting a lot of parts of the book. The book is full of optimism and supporting evidence.
I think the two chapters first chapters are subpar to the rest of the book. The examples are small, and usually the reference is just a link, which I couldn't copy or click because there were restrictions on the e-book (I don't know if this has changed). This is the only think that took a star from my review.
Overall, I think this is a great book with lots of stories. You won't find a step by step method to increase happiness at your workplace, but you can find your own as you read through it. My recommendation is that you skim through the first two chapters, because the rest are worthwhile.
I'm lucky to work for a small tech company that has always has a great culture. But as some huge projects and partnerships have loomed over the past year, we've gotten further away from this culture we all loved and I'm excited to try some of the actionable advice in this book to help get us back to that state.
What I liked
The book starts off with the philosophical definition of what happiness is ?
The scientific inquiry of are humans meant to be happy and more importantly continue to be happy when it comes to competition or cooperation
then the book moves into industry anecdotes of leaders and organizations which made a choice to "lead with happiness"
Academic view of excellent literature on team management, leadership coaching (happiness can be taught)
What I would have liked to learn more about ?
I would have liked to see some more examples across the globe on what happiness means and how it translates in the work place across cultures
Also how is it possible to lead with happiness in the face of extreme disruption when businesses are not stable
Never the less, I enjoyed reading this book and I will recommend this to HR, management professors and Executive leaders to shun cynicism and look at avenues to choose fairness and happiness.