Why this book?
Wharton Prof Adam Grant, one of my favorite authors, has a very refreshing take on leadership.
He says today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others: most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. The takers, according to Grant, are people who are trying to get as much as possible from that person and contribute as little as they can in return.
At the other end of the spectrum are the people he refers to as ‘givers’. These people are not givers in the sense of being charitable, or being volunteers or donating time or money—they are merely looking to help others by making an introduction, giving advice, providing mentoring or sharing knowledge, without any strings attached.
Grant seems to suggest that success depends heavily on how leaders approach their interactions with other people.
I loved the example he dug from the annals of history to reinforce this point—that of Frank Lloyd Wright. The architect and writer whose distinct style who designed numerous iconic buildings but looking back at his ‘legacy or lack of it.’, we discover he rarely mentored and championed other architects.
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
Why should I read it?
7 authors picked Give and Take as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
A groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success, from the bestselling author of Think Again and Originals
For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today's dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In Give and Take, Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton's highest-rated professor, examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom. Praised by social scientists, business theorists, and corporate…
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