The Longview by Roger Parrott

image001(4)I love to read leadership books.  So this book was fun.

However, I was disappointed because I thought it could have been so much more.

The first chapter would make a terrific article.  Chapters 8 and 9 are worth the cost of the book.

For a book that talks about taking the long view of leadership, Roger Parrott has completely missed the point.  He has an incredible opportunity to take the long view of developing leaders through his writing.  Several of his chapters read more like an outline for a great book.

So my point isn’t that this is a bad book – what is here is great – but there isn’t enough of it.   I think there are a couple of types of people who will find it valuable. If you:

  • read a book a month on leadership OR
  • are a new leader looking for a quick overview

you will find this book helpful.

If you are ready to take your leadership to the next level and are looking for a mentor to get you there, this book offers tidbits – I learned some – chapter 1 was terrific, chapters 2-7 you could find anywhere, 8 & 9 were terrific, and chapters 10-13 left me wanting more because they read more like an outline of something greater.

If you are a new leader, or want a quick brush up, you can buy the book at


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