I got my copy of “Be Bodacious: Put Life In Your Leadership,” by Steven D. Wood free of charge from the publicist. When this thin book with a goofy title arrived, I was glad I did not pay for it. To be completely honest, I did not look forward to reading it.
But now I am going to recommend it. I did not love this book, because I prefer evidence-based books on leadership over anecdotes and stories. If you are someone that loves stories more than research, this book could be for you.
Even though I did not like the style, I did love the message – a lot. The message boils down to these six words:
- Be extraordinary
- Be unrestrained
- Be bold
We’ve all heard this message before, but few of us actually live it. Through the stories Steven shares in his book, he reminds us how important it is to doggedly pursue an uncompromising commitment to others by holding ourselves to very high personal standards. It’s impossible to be the leader others need you to be if you live an ordinary, constrained, and timid life.
“Change your future by changing what you do today” (p. 89).
This book would be an especially good read for young people or new leaders, but even the most seasoned among us need to constantly remind ourselves how easy it is to become complacent and comfortable with our own mediocrity. It’s not a new message, but it is an excellent message - one I bodaciously recommend.