As usual I received a free Audible.com copy of this book in exchange for a review. Also as usual I give my unbiased opinions below.
To the positive side, this book covers a topic that really needed to be taken on. It's the book for those Project Managers, Product Managers and Sales types that need to show leadership but can't fire you if you don't follow them. Further, the overall outline of this book is a good one covering the various aspects of leadership, identifying your leadership type and how to react appropriately once you know what that is.
To the negative side, I need only point out that this is only an hour long as an audio book or 52-pages in paperback. That's not really long enough to go sufficiently into the topic in any depth. Further, the writing style is thoroughly maddening. Words are misused, grammar is abused and the style is redundant and plodding. The number of times the author uses the word "leader" alone is enough to drive one to distraction. This is a book badly in need of a thesaurus. Speaking specifically to the audio book version, the narrator was amazingly consistent using the exact same tone of voice for the full hour and repeatedly mispronouncing the same words in the same way each time they're used. It was also astonishing to hear her read so flawlessly over the typographical errors, recreating them with an almost robotic exactitude. I thought at first that this book was read by a computer but was quickly convinced otherwise once I noticed all the errant mouth noises that leaked into the sound track.
In summary, this is a fine IDEA for a book but that's about where it ends. Some of the content is good but it's FAR too brief (especially if you paid $6.95 for it!) and the execution is just poor. That said, I give it three stars for effort.
Leading Without Authority Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Many professionals, such as project managers, are tasked with enormous responsibility while they have no authority over others. Leading in such situations is tough. This book will reveal the skills and know-how that a leader needs to excel.
©2013 Aditi Chopra (P)2013 Aditi Chopra
|Listening Length||1 hour and 7 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 01 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #305,204 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,028 in Workplace & Organizational Behaviour
#3,705 in Organizational Behaviour (Books)
#8,962 in Career Guides (Books)
3.3 out of 5
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Ehhh - I've heard/read much better booksReviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 22, 2016
In my opinion, it had a lot of talking in circles. The fortunate this was this it was a short book, so it didn't waste too much of my time. Honestly, I really didn't get much out of it. I don't know if it's because I'm in a leadership position and a lot of the things said were common, or if it was just that the substance was missing something to really engage me.
Daniel M. Hrnack
A story by one person. Save your timeReviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 28, 2017
Not what I expected at all. This is written like a "personal diary" of hints and tips. There is no solid research supporting the conclusions.While it may have met the needs of others, for me, it was not worth the read.