Leadership can be a hard skill to master— which is probably why finding a good leader can be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. And while the skills of leadership can be difficult for even the greatest minds to ace, we at BookClub firmly believe that everyone has the potential to become a great leader, just as long as you vow to keep learning and growing along the way. This love of continued learning and growth is why we created BookClub and why we decided to team up with FranklinCovey for an exclusive series on all things leadership so that ANYONE can reach their full leadership potential.
Designed to help you dig-deep into the nitty-gritty aspects of business leadership with classic and new business books, the Effective Leadership Book Club will provide you with the insight needed to take on (and lead!) the world—professionally or otherwise. Hosted by Scott Jeffrey Miller, the Special Advisor on Thought Leadership for the FranklinCovey Company, the club covers reads like Multipliers by Liz Wiseman, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, and other books to-be-announced from other FranklinCovey thought leaders.
One of our favorite topics tackled by Scott in the Effective Leadership Book Club is unconscious bias with Anne Chow, co-author of Unconscious Bias and CEO of AT&T. In this exclusive discussion, Anne details how she believes that everyone carries an unconscious bias of some kind, whether it be based on age, gender, or race. These biases, no matter how subtle they may be, affect our decision making, real-life relationships, and can even derail the performance of our teams in a professional environment.
“[Workers] need to be in an environment where you can be your whole self,” says Anne when discussing how leaders can best create an effective work environment. “That has everything to do with realizing your full potential.”
According to Anne, in order for individuals to truly become the people we are capable of being (while helping those around us to do the same), we must learn how to recognize our own biases and reframe our own thoughts to be more empathetic toward those around us, no matter the situation. “[Good leaders] want fair, equitable, high-performing teams,” says Anne in an Effective Leadership exclusive. “A culture of inclusion is good, but it’s not enough. We, as leaders, have to take another step.”
Of course, this is easier said than done, so Anne dives into the details in a discussion with Scott Jeffery Miller as part of the Effective Leadership Book Club that went live on Thursday, August 26, and offers a suggestion that leaders start reframing their minds by seeing their employees as “whole people.”
But digging into unconscious bias, developing an inclusive culture, and addressing unfairness when necessary, as discussed by Anne and Scott, is only part of what it takes to be a truly great leader. Join the Effective Leadership + BookClub series today for a free-trial and explore every aspect of heavy (but oh so important) topics like managing a team, creating accountability, developing goals, and creating truly effective teams to better equip yourself (and your team!) for whatever lies ahead.
In addition to the conversations between Anne and Scott, you’ll be able to chat with other Effective Leadership members and authors throughout the 12-month series, and follow discussion guide questions that will challenge you to think about leadership in new and challenging ways.
We hope that you'll find the leadership lessons of these books as impactful as we did, and we’re eager to hear your thoughts. Let us know what you thought about the FranklinCovey BookClub (as well as the BookClub platform) by tweeting to us @bookclubdotcom or using #bookclubapp. Happy learning and happy leading!