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In this short, easy-to-listen fable, best-selling author Mark Miller reveals five habits that underlie leadership character and that determine a leader's success - and he teaches leaders how to develop these habits.

Like Miller's previous books, this one follows the life, learning, and influence of Debbie Bruster. Here she finds herself mentoring Blake Brown, the son of her former mentor. Rather than answer Blake's questions about leadership directly, Debbie introduces him to other leaders, each of whom shares a unique perspective on what really makes a leader successful. As Blake puts the pieces together, he discovers his problem is not one of skills but of character - that leadership is more about the heart of the leader than the head or hands. In fact, Miller summarized these traits with the acronym HEART: Hunger for Wisdom, Expect the Best, Accept Responsibility, Respond with Courage, and Think Others First.

With the help of his new friends and mentors, Blake is able to build a plan to transform his heart. The good news is that leadership is not just the purview of the few - it is within reach for millions of aspiring leaders around the world.

This book is the road map they need to get their lives and careers on track.

©2013 Mark Miller (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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Simple but fundamental advice

The book itself was full of practical applications and strong advice however it was presented as a story that felt like a Sunday school lesson. The story was basic with no impactful characters who more or less were just there for the purpose of either asking the right questions or giving answers. It would have been nice if it was faster to the point. However because of the slow pace, I believe this book would be great for anyone who is just getting into leadership and looking to grasp the fundamentals. All in all good advice and I’m glad I got it.

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Buy this

Very insightful and practical. After reading you’ll know how to be a better leader and what area of the HEART acronym for leadership character that you need to work on the most

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Incredibly clear and concise

This is an incredibly clear and concise book on leadership- both shorter and clearer in its message than other books I've read on the topic. If you've been passed over for a promotion again, or you're wondering why you're not getting a leadership title, this is a good book for digging into the why and learning what makes leaders different from everybody else. It also differentiates between leadership skills and leadership character. Guess what: If you don't have leadership character, nobody cares about your skills. A very brief self-assessment tool at the end of the book helps for creating a game plan to improve leadership character. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's willing to get to the bottom of what needs to change in their mind and life in order to learn to lead well.

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Excellent Leadership book!!!!

I loved the whole book. I listen in my vehicle and found there was so much value from this book that I have listened to it again at my desk and taken notes throughout. The teaching on leadership character traits was fantastic and the world could use many more leaders that follow this teaching. Well worth listening to for anyone already in leadership, wanting to be in leadership or just wanting to be a better person. The book was told as a story and so easy to follow and not get bored. Can’t say enough good things about it. GET IT!!!

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Concise, useful content.

Many of the points made in the book focus on the simple idea that, essentially, what makes a good leader is their intention. FOR others for their own sake or FOR yourself and your own admiration and glory? The only thing that might annoy some readers is the dialogue. It does come across incredibly uncomfortable, like something you'd read in a Sunday school cartoon textbook. No bother to me! Good stuff!

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  • 2018-10-07

Good information, a bit cheesy in presentation

I liked the content of the book, but I felt that the presentation was a bit cheesy. That said, I feel like there is real value in the lessons within.

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BEST LEADERSHIP BOOK EVER

This is the best leadership book I have ever heard or read. It’s always a matter of the heart! Love the challenge this leaves you with. Thank you Mark Miller!

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Useful! Valuable! Thank you!

I will do my best to live this wisdom, and develop my own leadership character. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow in such a great way. I will be sure to pass this on to my god daughter and her sister and brother too. 😄

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Great story approach

I enjoyed the storied approach to learn about leadership qualities. It allowed me to envision myself in the relatable situations.

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This should've been an article...

Too short for a book, too long for an article, the publication is lost somewhere in the middle. A few good concepts, but nothing really new or innovative. Storyline is irrelevant and annoying. It mostly serves as filler. The book has cheesy cliches scattered throughout. A disappointing read.

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  • Michaela
  • 2019-10-31

A good introduction to servant leadership

This book is a good intro to servant leadership for someone new to the concept. I read this because it was recommended to me however the dialogue is flat, dry and unrealistic. While it did explain the principles of servant leadership and how it changes people, it was hard to make a connection to the main “character” because the conversation in which the different aspects of SL were explained felt generic and dumbed down. Not my favorite but I can see how it would be helpful to some.

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  • Raffaelle DeLotus Cyberius King
  • 2021-01-17

Simple but interesting.

It was quite rudimentary. But it does have its insight. This book is for you if you wish to get back to the basics.

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  • Shaunte M King
  • 2021-01-05

This book deepened my perspective on leadership

Similar to the Phoenix Project, I loved how the authors used the art of story telling to explain the core elements of effective leadership. Great listen!

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  • Judith Estorge
  • 2020-12-20

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Excellent story and quite motivating! I like how applicable it is to everyone interested in growing.

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  • Sarah
  • 2020-12-17

Best leadership book I’ve read!

Leadership IS a matter of the heart. It’s finally clicking with this book. Loved it!

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  • Melody Mouzon
  • 2020-11-29

The missing Keys!!

I must say this book is what I personally needed. like Brad I was told early on that I will be a good leader and somewhere down the line I got derailed, or lost . After listening to this book I believe I have found the missing keys to getting back on track. I going to get the hard copy to read and take notes. Thank you for writing this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-20

Good book for Leadership Journey

Read this book as part of my journey in trying to cultivate more of a leader within myself. The story was easily digestible and I like how it was basically summarized at the end so I could use that chapter to write a little cheat sheet for myself. all in all I would recommend this book to emerging leaders and leaders who are leading selfishly right now to make some tweaks to better your life and the lives of those around you. 3. Leadership Character can be Formed & Transformed!!

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 2020-11-16

Loved the style

It was really inspiring. I'm currently working on my H.E.A.R.T. Hopefully I will become a better leader.

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  • Isaias rodriguez
  • 2020-10-29

Heart

What a great book I just finished, fully recommended if you really want to into leadership journey!

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  • mmyoung
  • 2020-10-20

Aspiring to Leadership

I received the book to read from employer as part of an Aspiring to Leadership Journey. The author simplifies the steps needed to aquire the 5 levels of becoming a leader. It is not about the outcome but instead it is about the journey. Where is your heart?