Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review: Leadership: 15 Minutes of Motivation for Workplace Warriors Lesson #1 by Sheila Guion

Genre: Non-Fiction/Inspirational


“Ladies, Do You Need a Leadership Makeover?

Looking fabulous is only half the battle. Developing the leader within you makes you attractive both on the inside and outside.

In the time it takes to apply your lashes, blush, and lipstick you can add career-enhancing tools to your leadership tool-box.

Who Says Leadership Has to Be Boring?

Retired Marine Veteran, Sheila Guion (formerly Perdue) answers the 911 call to bridge the gap in leadership training for women (who now make up more than 50% of the current U.S. job market).

She reaches out to women too busy for big books, long lectures, and boring content on leadership.

Leadership: 15 Minutes of Motivation for Workplace Warriors is for managers, supervisors, and the go-to-people who want the best leadership experience, but minus the combat boots, pushups, and Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs).

These short, but powerful, leadership lessons will boost your confidence, courage, and effectiveness as The Boss.”


“Sheila Guion (formerly Perdue) is the U.S. Marine Veteran who loves the art of creative story-telling.

Her true leadership stories resonate with women Veterans, and women who have no military background.

She reaches out to women too busy for big books, long lectures, and boring content on leadership.”


Yeah, I realize that the target audience for this book is a specific gender and I don’t fit. I’m not sure that matters. I think there are beneficial lessons reading this short take on leadership could provide, regardless of gender. And also, some people, regardless of gender, are going to be left wanting more. I’ll explain.

Both the book description and the author’s biography mention that her thing is books that are short and to the point. This one is the length of a short story or an average size magazine article. It uses an example of something that happened to the author, how things didn’t go as planned, and what she did to turn the situation around. It’s inspirational. There is some advice. Things like “develop mental toughness,” which is good advice for a leader. But nothing concrete on how to go about doing that. Given the apparent goal of a short, quick, and inspirational read, I think it succeeds. But if you need direction on how to go about developing mental toughness, I guess you’ll need to find a longer book elsewhere.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 2-3,000 words


Maria said...

Who the hell has time for fake eyelashes these days???

I haven't read it, but found the "makeover" comparison a bit odd. It's not that I don't wear makeup...okay, I usually forget. I guess I don't put makeup and leadership in the same bucket (meaning you can have one without the other so I don't get the connection. I suppose looking your best builds confidence, but I'm not sure that looking your best has anything to do with leadership or mental toughness. Give me a dagger and a good spell for confidence any day of the week...oh wait. Wrong genre.)

BooksAndPals said...

LOL, Maria. Definitely the wrong genre. Even on the wrong side of the fiction/non-fiction line although I'm sure some disagree with me. :)