Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters
By Anthony Tjan
Review by Rebecca Johnson
How can you hire better people who strive to be good? Can you see goodness and potential in others? Do you want to help your employees become better versions of themselves? Anthony Tjan describes good people as those who "proactively put people first in their decision making." To be honest it is inspirational that this book exists in a world where people often do the wrong things in business. This book raises the bar and encourages compassion, love, commitment and character.
There are plenty of stories in this book but the one that I thought was the best was the "blue balloon" story. Children can teach us so much.
Some of the other meaningful sections of this book include a chapter on how to be a better judge of people. I also thought the section on mentoring was very wisely thought out.
So whether you are looking to mentor someone so they reach their highest potential or you want to hire employees who are the type of people you'd look up to, this book has a lot to offer. It takes about three days to read this book because there is so much to absorb. The main thing I took away from this reading experience was to be kind and compassionate. And I don't think we can hear that message enough.
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