The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership: Drive Change, Manage Transitions, and Help Any Organization Turn Around
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Career Press (February 2020)

How to balance “carpe diem” with “festina lente”

All great leaders throughout history have been proactive and responsive with regard to all manner of external as well as as internal elements: perils and opportunities, for example, as well as aspirations and self-doubts.

They maintain an appropriate balance of seizing the day with making haste slowly.

What we have in this volume are information, insights, and counsel that Jackie Jenkins-Scott has accumulated from wide and deep experience, carefully organized within a framework of seven “secrets” that, in fact, haven’t been secrets at least since Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey appeared. None is a revelation or even a secret.

1. Take advantage of opportunity.
2. Compete well by leading with heart.
3. Keep your bags packed.
4. Stay on point when at risk.
5. Move your opposition.
6. Value human interconnectedness.
7. Recover quickly.

It seems probable that Jenkins-Scott has read Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and perhaps Clauswitz’ On War.

The great value of this book — and it really does offer substantial value — is that almost of the material can help to accelerate the personal growth and professional development of almost anyone in a leadership position, whatever the size and nature of their organization may be.

This book can also be of substantial value to those now preparing for a career in business or have only recently embarked upon one. And I also highly recommend it to those who have direct reports entrusted to their care and supervision.

Yes, the material is basic but also essential and well-organized. No one acting alone can drive change and manage transitions during an organizational transformation but [begin italics] everyone [end italics] can help to achieve those strategic objectives. Jackie Jenkins-Scott explains HOW.

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