Flex: The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World by Jeffrey Hull Ph.D. Book Review
About The Book:
From one of the world’s preeminent leadership coaches, an insightful, indispensable guide to effective leadership. For the first time, leadership expert Jeffrey Hull shares the secrets, strategies, and science underlying his, and his clients’, successes.
Interweaving real-life stories with practical tips and the latest evidence-based research, he equips readers with the insights they need to thrive in today’s world. We are in the age of the postheroic leader. Once, to move up the corporate ladder and succeed at the top, you simply had to set goals, motivate the troops, delegate to underlings, and groom a successor–probably one who looked and behaved just like you. But this white knight has become an anachronism.
Whether a person is a twenty-five or fifty, if they’re leading a team now, chances are that they’re managing a kaleidoscope of people from a variety of cultures, across a range of ages, all of whom are wired together 24/7. These changing demographics and structures have led to a seismic shift in terms of the tools needed to successfully manage and grow within a company: charisma and strategic thinking abilities now matter less than qualities such as vulnerability and relatability.
Based on his popular classes with Harvard Medical School physicians and New York University business students, Hull has identified the six key elements that leaders in this new workplace need to succeed, known as F.I.E.R.C.E.: Flexibility, Intentionality, Emotional Intelligence, Realness, Collaboration, and Engagement. From start-ups to universities to Fortune 500 companies, he’s been able to help leaders across the board develop the skill sets that have advanced their careers and won them accolades.
“Flex is a tour de force combining the art and science that makes for great leadership. With real-life stories, the latest science, and actionable strategies, this book is like a great coach: helping leaders up their game to a whole new level of success.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“Finally, a highly readable book that brings the science of effective leadership down from the Ivy tower into the real world! In Flex, Jeff’s engaging stories about the struggles—and triumphs—of real-life leaders, not just famous CEOs, make it clear that anyone, truly anyone, can become the agile leader the world sorely needs today.”
—Susan David, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Emotional Agility
“A world-class workout to strengthen the muscles of adaptive leadership—developing the powers of mind, body, and spirit to become the leaders the world needs now. As with all great coaches, Jeff embodies the skills and capacities he asks us to develop. With a series of in-depth exercises and compelling stories, he encourages us to assess our capacities as leaders and commit to working out with as much discipline and focus as we do at the gym.”
—Margaret J. Wheatley, bestselling author of Leadership and the New Science and Who Do We Choose to Be?
“Most leadership books teach you about leadership. But the hardest part of leadership isn’t knowing more about leadership, it’s following through on what you know. In Flex, Jeffrey Hull’s coaching expertise shines through as he offers readers the perfect recipe of clear insight, engaging storytelling, and practical application that leads us to act on what we know.”
—Peter Bregman, bestselling author of Leading with Emotional Courage
“A must-read for anyone interested in navigating the complexities of leading today. Jeff invites you into his world as a seasoned executive coach, sharing his and his clients’ journeys as they learn to flex their leadership to thrive personally and professionally. This is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to dig in and lead smart.”
—Tracy Duberman, Ph.D., president of the Leadership Development Group, author of From Competition to Collaboration
“Not just another typical leadership book. Jeff’s thought-provoking storytelling has the ability to entertain us while providing profound insights into the complexity of today’s leadership landscape. I was immersed from beginning to end.”
—Scott Crum, chief human resources officer of MSCI, Inc.
“What’s the next best thing if you don’t have an executive coach to guide your development? Dive into Flex by gifted executive coach Jeffrey Hull. It delivers an engaging collection of coaching stories wrapped in succinct, profound principles for leading in the wildly unpredictable world we work in today.”
—Margaret Moore, co-founder of the Institute of Coaching; founder & CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation
“Flex is a jewel! Jeff addresses contemporary challenges leaders face and lays out a clear path forward as workplace dynamics get more and more complex. His vision: a more authentic, collaborative, and fluid organization. Spot on.”
—Marcela Manubens, global vice president of Integrated Social Sustainability, Unilever, Inc.
“Jeff is a pioneer in the evolutionary work of developing leaders. Flex is a thoughtful road map filled with ideas and practices for leaders and coaches to cultivate the kind of leadership needed to thrive in the years to come.”
—Eric Kaufmann, CEO, Sagatica; bestselling author of Four Virtues of a Leader
“Brilliant! A must-read for millennials, CEOs, entrepreneurs—literally any up and coming leader who needs to know how to take their leadership to the next level.”
—Carol Kauffman, Ph.D.; ABPP; assistant professor, Harvard Medical School; founder/executive director of Institute of Coaching
“Superb! Jeff Hull has gifted us with the rare combination of lucid illustrative stories woven with the latest science so that both sides of our brains can be well nourished. An easily absorbable read for anyone from students to managers to C-suite executives.”
—Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers, author of Nature, Culture & Spirit: A Woman Listens for Leadership
“Rather than advocating for a one-size-fits-all approach, Flex emphasizes introspection and adjustment. For any leader willing to take the journey to enhance their performance, Jeff has provided a compass to find true north.”
—Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, chair of anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital; professor at Harvard Medical School
“A must-read for leaders and coaches alike. The examples used by Dr. Hull enable the reader to experience today’s diverse and complex leadership dynamics in real-time. This, in turn, reinforces the ability of the learner to learn.”
—Jay Morris, Ph.D., JD, MA, Vice President, Education & Executive Director Institute for Excellence, Yale-New Haven Health
“Filled with compelling leadership stories that come to life wonderfully through the eyes of a seasoned executive coach. Learn valuable leadership tips and techniques from a coaching expert!”
—Brian O. Underhill, Ph.D., founder & CEO of CoachSource, LLC
About The Author:
Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and consultant with more than twenty years of experience partnering with C-suite executives on issues of high-performance leadership, change management, organizational strategy, structure, and culture. He is a highly sought-after facilitator, keynote speaker, and executive coach to both nonprofit and for-profit global organizations.
The CEO of Leadershift Inc., a management consultancy based in New York City, is also a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct professor of leadership at New York University.
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