As part of my professional development, I regularly read books about leadership, team building and how others have succeeded in business and in life. They have often served as inspiration for many ideas and initiatives which are currently established here at the Firm. One of the best books I’ve recently read is Leadership Excellence: the Seven Sides of Leadership for the 21st Century by Pat Williams, a motivational speaker and sports executive currently serving as SVP of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. A true team leader, his biggest achievements include winning the 1983 World Championship title with the Philadelphia 76ers and being a partner in the creation of the Orlando Magic.
Leadership Excellence is a summary of hundreds of Williams’ personal inverviews, drawing upon leaders in business, sports, religion and politics to distill great principles that apply to leaders of any age, background and setting. He has bucketed these traits into what he describes as, “Leadership’s Seven Sides: Vision, Communication, People Skills, Character, Competence, Boldness and a Servant’s Heart.” These seven sides of leadership are timeless. This book shares many inspiring stories and great insights proving his theory that regardless if it’s King Solomon, President Lincoln, Coach John Wooden, Billy Graham, Jack Welch or Steve Jobs, the essential principles of leadership are always the same and will produce magical results.
We are fortunate to have Pat visiting our firm and presenting on leadership on November 18th as part of our firm wide CPE that day.
Over the next few months, I will dive a little deeper into each of the Seven Sides as they apply to our firm and the Withum Way. I invite you to purchase the book and follow along. In T&B, you can enter the expense under B1033 Publications/Subscriptions, with the words “Bill’s Virtual Library Book” in the memo section.