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Book Club #045 - Rise Up: Leadership Habits For Turbulent Times by Ali Grovue & Mike Watson

In today's issue of this book club newsletter, I am happy to share my notes on Rise Up: Leadership Habits for Turbulent Times by Ali Grovue & Mike Watson.

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"This book can tell you what it means to be a resilient leader and why it matters for organizations, but it can’t tell you why it matters to you." - Ali Grovue & Mike Watson



Rating: 4/5 ⭐️ (Good) Topic: Non-fiction - Business, Leadership & Personal Development.

  • Main Ideas - Good.

  • Examples & Stories - Good.

  • Engagement - Medium



Last month, I attended multiple networking events. In one of those events, this book was given as a gift. I have to say, the subtitle of this book really intrigued me... “Leadership Habits For Turbulent Times” The first thing that comes to my mind is all those personal experiences when perhaps that's exactly what was needed... “Resilience may not feel particularly important when times are good, but it is essential when times are bad.” It's hard to know what good leadership is. Through personal experience and reading books, I have discovered that, in short... Leadership is about clarity. Clarity on what actions must be taken, how they should be taken and the results they need to produce. Results matter and especially when multiple people depend on the outcome. In this book, you can expect to learn how to become a more resilient leader by implementing six practical habits.

  • 1) Trust.

  • 2) Inquisitiveness.

  • 3) Humility.

  • 4) Optimism.

  • 5) Courage.

  • 6) Discipline.

Each one of them is fundamental... But perhaps the most important aspect of them all is the willingness to want to become a resilient leader. The book is divided into eight chapters and contains 100 pages. The first two chapters focus on what it means to be a resilient leader and why having a strong purpose is key for this transformation. The rest of the chapters expand on each individual habit. Overall, this is a pretty good and short book to read on leadership and personal development. "Is less about the knowledge of what leadership is than it is about the ability to look in the mirror and say: I am not a great leader, I want to be a great leader, and I am clear on my motivation to be a better leader." Hope this helps. Until next week! - Agustin



  • “If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you need is not to be in a different place but to be a different person” - Seneca.

  • “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care” - Theodore Roosevelt.

  • “The best moments [in life] occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.


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