The Feiner Points of Leadership by Michael Feiner
Book Review by a TLP Cohort #4 Member
My father was a man of few words. He was known to say "Always lead by example." He set a high standard of morality and personal values, and proceeded to live by them. He expected his children to live by the same standards.
Michael Feiner, the author of The Feiner Points of Leadership, has become a successful leader by also setting high moral standards and personal values. The examples of which, based on his high level experience in the corporate world, is broken down into fifty laws that a High Performance Leader should live by.
Public Works Departments are often lead by tough, no-nonsense bosses who achieved their success under difficult circumstances. This may pose a challenge to professional relationships. This text reminds us that the most successful way to proceed is to have the courage of your convictions. Use your value based knowledge of the job to present the facts even when they might not be popular.
Michael Feiner has authored The Feiner Laws of Leadership in a font and format that is easily read and relatable. Although it would be difficult to absorb all the references to leadership in one reading, through real life examples and situations he immediately establishes reoccurring themes and tools that are relatable and can be implemented in day to day operations. A Matrix has been provided at the rear of the text, to reference specific circumstances against the "Laws" which may be the most effective toward resolution.
I enjoyed reading this book as much as I learned from reading it, and would recommend it to all leaders.