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What every Employee should know to be successful by Charles E. Cabler @ 2011

“Being successful as a company, team or group requires two things;

  1.  A competent and dependable leader
  2. Dedicated employees or followers working together.

Both of these have to have quality of both leaders and followers.

A follower is known as advocate, employee, helper, pupil, devotee or protégé and the leader must show dedication, loyalty and be efficient.

The importance of a follower is in their dedication, skill and being driven to be their best.  Perception of the business world is no longer to be a leader, mover and shaker.  Leaders need and expect the employees to get the job done!  In today’s work environment the number of leaders has been reduced dramatically as job function have been compressed, reduced, combined and thus, the role of the follower is in high demand.

You can be successful in a non-leader position, working for your company.  This book discusses the many qualities of an effective follower and employee.  It shares success stories, recommends actions which demonstrate the benefits of being a good employee, because at the end of the day followers make sure the work is done.

“Leadership is an active role; lead is a verb, but the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a hurry. “ By Bill Owens.

In order to be a good leader you must learn to be a follower first.  If you master how to follow instructions, understand expectations, follow specific guidelines and determine the best path to success you are a perfect example!

On page seven it has a chart of what the leaders vs. followers are which I loved.  I have to agree with the author that you are a vital part of the company.  This book also talks about proven methods to achieve success whether you are a leader or follower.  Personal excellence, responsibility and accountability are the three core values each peon need to be o the job and as the US ARMY states, “Be all you can be.”

It is important to improve on your mistakes and weaknesses and stay strong in what you are great at.  Rise above others expectations of you.  On page 27-29 displays how to have a winning attitude to be a success.  Theodore Roosevelt said, the most important single ingredient in the world knows how to get along with people and how true that is!

The author tells of the five principles of success:

  1. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
  2. Avoid saying “I” use “We.”
  3. Work well with others, compromise, good attitude and remember there is no “I” in Team!
  4. Be committed and contribute
  5. Actions speak louder than words.

What others see us do speaks louder than what they hear us say.  We are a living billboard and others are watching us, are good things to remember. John F Kennedy said that leadership and learning are indispensible to each other.  I would have to agree!

I would recommend this book as a self help or just a motivational book to help you stay a leader in the 21st century!  I enjoyed it and will keep it on my shelves.  May it bless you as it did to me.

I wish to thank review the book dot com for giving me a free copy for my honest review.

© 2012 Jackie Paulson