The first recommended exercise is “why I am reading the book on Total Leadership and what I hope to get out of it”.
As I said in my Total Leadership introduction I bought this book just as it came out because I heard an interview with Dr Friedman on NPR that struck a chord with me. I am always interested in finding ways to be more successful. Despite that, it turned out that I was not willing to carry out the exercises recommended in the book to become a Total Leader. Suddenly, this week I am eager to get started.
I am just restarting an academic career that was derailed by my being denied tenure at a research university. This time I want to succeed while still having a personal life outside of work. Fortunately, I work at a community college where I concentrate on teaching which I love. However, giving up research means that I am concerned that I am not going to reach my full potential as a scientist. I have lots to offer my profession but since I struggle to present my work successfully I have failed to convince many of my colleagues of my value as a scientist as well as a teacher.
I am hoping that this book will allow me to me to articulate my goals so that my colleagues, and I, recognize my successes and that they help my profession.