Brad Lomenick follows up his previous leadership book, The Catalyst Leader, with another leadership book sure to turn gold. As I read H3 Leadership, I felt as though I was sitting down having coffee with him, listening to him share gold nuggets of wisdom found from successes as well as failures. While The Catalyst Leader was born out of successes and triumphs, H3 comes more from struggles and even failures. This book came as a result of taking a sabbatical from Catalyst and the wisdom he shares is great and would help any leader regardless of their specific field.
Towards the end of his time at Catalyst, Brad was struggling and as a result of this, his leadership was suffering. Sure Catalyst was still being what Catalyst is known for, but the people under him were noticing this was a different Brad. He needed some time off and this was confirmed through a couple friends of his and thus Brad decided to take some time off from his leadership at Catalyst. As he took time off and began using this sabbatical to actually benefit himself, he says it became evident to him this was his best move and was necessary. He binged on Netflix, traveled, got together with some of the leaders he had been privileged to build relationship with through Catalyst and through this time, H3 Leadership took shape.
H3 stands for Be Humble, Stay Hungry, and Always Hustle. These are 3 components Brad says are musts for leaders to become and remain effective throughout their leadership. And for each one, he is able to use personal stories to illustrate the necessity for each. First off, for any leader to be effective and worth anything, there has to be a sense of humility as people do not want to be around someone who is proud. Eventually it sucks the life out of people around them. Second, something that needs to drive a leader is this ever pressing hunger to be all God made them to be both as a person and as a leader. This hunger to learn, grow, follow what God has laid in their hearts is what drives them. Lastly is the fact if you are going to be a leader worth anything, you have to hustle. In this life, there are always people who will be out there hustling for something, working hard for what it is they want to achieve. You cannot simply sit around and not pursue your dream and expect to reach it. If you want to achieve whatever dream or thing God has laid on your heart, it takes hustle. One person I think of as I think about this is Christine Caine. Seeing all her and her husband have been able to do through their ministry, A21, has been amazing. However, none of this would have happened if it was not for the fact they both fall under this H3 leadership idea. Having heard Christine speak a number of times, it is evident, at least from the public standpoint, she is humble, hungry and always hustling. God has used their team to bring freedom to many, many slaves and trafficking victims around the world.
This book is divided into 3 sections: Humble – Who are You, Hungry – Where are you going, and Hustle – How will you get there? Each section digs deep and gives the reader insights to be transformed into the leader God has called them to be. As I read, I found myself constantly highlighting and underlining as there is much truth found in this book. If you are a leader of any sort, I highly recommend this book.
Here are a couple quotes from the book to whet your appetite:
“Influencers should lead from the inside out so that their identity shapes their leadership rather than the other way around.” (p. 4)
“The best leadership moments will probably be the ones that nobody sees.” (p. 34)
“Leader can’t inspire others unless and until they are inspired themselves.” (p. 83)
“Establishing a habit of excellence begins with a core commitment to set a standard that scares the daylights out of you.” (p. 129)
“Great leaders are great finishers.” (p. 151)
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