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Reflections from our Bookshelf: Uncommon Leadership

Uncommon Leadership
By: Ben Newman
Reflection by: Rand Baughman


Why I read it?

I read this book because one of my goals is to continue to evolve and improve my leadership skills. What better way to do this than to learn from some of the highest performing leaders in sports and business?? I was also interested because Ben has been one of my coaches throughout the years and really helped me think through my “Why” and establish my daily habits.

What is it all about?

Ben Newman is a performance coach and motivational consultant who has received several accolades as a top motivational speaker. In Uncommon Leadership, he looks to explain the core qualities of industry leaders whose high performance has made them the best in their fields. Those featured include Nick Saban, Jon Gordon, Jerry Rice, David Goggins, Tyron Woodley and Ben’s mother, Janet Fishman Newman.

What caused me to pause?

I think a better question is “What didn’t cause me to pause?” Each part of the book prompted me to pause and reflect. It’s easy to see the success these individuals have and think that everything comes easily to them. But in reality, anyone can do what they do. These individuals are relentless in completing daily habits that enable their success. They are not focused on the results; instead they focus on the fundamentals of what they need to do every day to lead to positive results.

How will this book change my habits or influence me?

I am a big Nick Saban fan. What he has built for Alabama football is unbelievable. I loved his chapter, which talks about his mantra “The way you do one thing is the way you do everything”. I think this was really powerful because it’s a true look in the mirror. Only I know if I’ve given 100% and done the little things every single day. Each member on a team needs to be able to honestly answer this question in order for the team to be heading in the right direction.

Add this to your reading list if …

If you’re looking for more in your career, your relationships or your personal performance this book will give you the keys you need to unlock your best self and maximize your potential by adapting the principles in the book.

Pickle Rating: 5 out of 5!

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