One thing you can be certain of, if Mark Miller writes a leadership book, I am going to read it. So, when I heard that he was coming out with Leaders Made Here, I eagerly awaited its arrival. And now, having read it, I can assure you it did not disappoint.
In his normal style of illustrating leadership principles through narrative, Mark tells the story of Blake, a CEO who faced a huge tragedy early in his tenure at a new, struggling company, only then to face the additional struggle of a dearth of necessary leaders. The overarching theme of the book is how to develop a culture of leader development in your organization, building a leadership “bench” of ready leaders to serve your organizations current and future needs.
The story walks through a discovery process led by Charles, a global HR guru who has been plagued by personal struggles, as he helps the existing leaders formulate a leadership development process that will establish the desired culture of leadership development. In the process, Charles not only helps the company establish that leadership development framework, but also finds encouragement and healing for his own struggles as well.
With the combination of strategic leadership principles illustrated through a believable story, I couldn’t put the book down, reading the entire thing in a little less than 2 hours. Also Miller offers a great balance of transferrable leadership principles and a practical framework for implementation that can be applied in any business context.
This book would be helpful for anyone who desires to see a culture of leadership development established in their organization. In my personal context as a pastor, I intend to use this book to help develop a culture of leadership development in our church, stretching across all of our ministries. I have already purchased 10 additional copies to give to our strategic leaders. I look forward not only to us working through the book together, but also to seeing the fruit that will come from it as a more consistent culture of leadership development is established and new leaders are raised up.
FTC Disclaimer – I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing an unbiased review.