Steve Farber's The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership is a business parable thinly disguised as a mystery novel. Written in first person, the book follows a consultant named Steve (obviously the author, also a leadership consultant) who is asked by a friend to track down her MIA CEO. During his half-hearted search, which involves looking up the CEO's name in the phone book, Steve encounters a beach bum named Edg who reveals the L.E.A.P. (love, energy, audacity, proof) concept and shares the value of the OS!M (oh shit! moment) in leadership development.

The story is contrived but the definition of an extreme leader as one who cultivates love, generates energy, inspires audacity and provides proof is interesting. And who knows? The challenge to love what you do might help readers renew the excitement in their daily lives.

 

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