This Week’s Title: Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose by John Addison
Recommended By: Alan Alpert, Smart Office Founder
Favorite Quote: “If you can’t change the people around you, then you need to change the people around you.” – John Addison
Why We Love It: The best leaders in any industry understand this quote. It is especially true in direct selling. That is why your leaders want you to attend all the big events and the little events. It is why we use Charlie “Tremendous” Jones’ quote in this series. Surrounding yourself with the best people ensures the success of your team and your company. We at Smart Office are always looking for inspiring people. This helps us grow and provide our clients with responsive technology tools to help you grow and succeed.
Book Summary: In Real Leadership, author John Addison shares his straightforward practices for successful leadership through his personal and professional journey, helping leaders at any level understand and emulate the nine principles that fostered enduring results on his path to success.
As co-CEO of Primerica–the largest independent financial services marketing organization in North America–from 1999 to 2015, Addison spearheaded the company through a period of rapid growth in the early 2000’s, then helped navigate the company through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and the separation from their parent company, Citibank, which created one of the most successful IPOs of the decade.
Guiding the organization through these monumental changes while also working to keep morale high, Addison developed a passion and talent for motivating others that allowed him to inspire and empower over a million people during his career.
The perspectives and personal laws of success that he’s developed over decades of hard work and diligence boil down to the principles of living your best life. Because that, says Addison, is the essence of leadership: having the courage, honor, and integrity to live your true life, the one you were put here to live, and to do it in a way that makes the world a better place than it was before you got here.
About the Author: John Addison is the Leadership Editor for SUCCESS and the author of Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose, a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-seller. Renowned for his insight and wisdom on leadership, personal development and success, John is a sought-after speaker and motivator.