26 September 2023

People Stuff

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

By Zoë Routh, Woodslane, $36.00.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

How to lead with wisdom and compassion is at the heart of People Stuff. It’s beyond personality problems. This advanced handbook for leadership points out that leaders are not only battling volatile, uncertain times, they’re doing it against the backdrop of a crisis of trust in leadership.

To regain trust, leaders and to expand their perspective and handle the ‘people stuff’ better. This book shows you how to do just that!

It’s the people who form the toughest – and best – part of leadership. People dynamics can be tricky, but insight and solutions are within. People Stuff is your chart to the complex territory of human behaviour and leadership strategies.

Leadership specialist Zoë Routh draws on more than three decades working with business and community leaders to provide a practical handbook for creating wiser, more compassionate leadership.

People Stuff is for leaders who deal with people every day. A lens is created for how you will see. It’s about developing wisdom and the ability to master leadership in complexity. It’s also about building compassion and the ability to master inclusion as a practice with no limits.

It offers intuitive maps and frameworks to develop your practice of perspective. “You’ll be able to see more and lead better. When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at don’t change, WE do. How we see ourselves affects how effective we are as leaders. By using a combination of the five key leadership archetypes – the Elder, Pioneer, Guardian, Warrior, and Diplomat – you’ll be able to meet the current business challenges with the right approach for maximum influence. Personalities aren’t the problem, systems are.”

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