In my second review of a Tony Dungy book, The Mentor Leader, takes a focused approach to the valuable attributes of a mentor leader. Looking at eight different sides of this unique approach to leadership, Tony makes the case for a very humble style of leadership, while citing stories from various heroes of the football arena. Most of the stories are found here, so the application takes some stretching for women, mothers or anyone not involved or interested in football. Yet I did find it an interesting read, with valuable points to share. The very servant-esque element of his approach is probably what I related to most, and the stories were a bonus. For example, “If you do it right, as a mentor leader you may make it all but impossible for other people to give you credit.” Amazing. He even argues that character (off the field especially) matters, in contributing to your personal, leadership and team’s success. Refreshing.
Each chapter is concluded with several thought-provoking questions, or action points to make the learning process functional.
I would recommend this book to a very-sports-oriented team player, and aspiring leader to bring Tony’s perspective home.
This review was completed with a library copy, for the Tyndale Summer Reading Program, which you can join also!
Tony Dungy website