Bill Treasure, the Chief Encouragement Officer of Giant Leap Consulting, has offered another incredible leadership book to help improve our organizations. Continuing his already established international, bestselling fame, “Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance” presents in eloquence, honesty, and brevity, the power of serving others by creating opportunities.
Treasurer tells the story of how the thesis for his new book was birthed out of a conversation with his young son. As the “class leader” the young Treasurer was granted the privilege to literally open the doors of his school for his classmates. By building upon the profound leadership truth embedded in this elementary metaphor, Treasurer explains that the four primary skills of open-door leaders include genuinely knowing your employees, developing your people, envisioning the desired results, and providing ongoing support.
Open-door leadership is not the same as an open door policy. One of the main differences is that the latter is a reactive function of management. While the former require the initiative of a leader who cares for people and sets them up to succeed. Of the doors discussed, the Door to Personal Transformation resonated with me the most. In this chapter, Treasure describes the differences between hierarchical and influential leadership, the power of self-awareness, and the much admired “velvet hammer” quality of giving constructive feedback.
Both personal and practical, Leaders Open Doors can help any company reach its full potential. In addition, one hundred percent of the royalties are being donated to organizations that open doors for people with special needs.