In his groundbreaking 1987 book, Leadership is an Art, Max De Pree says, “The first job of a leader is to define reality.”Well, you hold in your hands another groundbreaking book, and this one defines the reality of leadership itself.
While so many leadership books either romanticize or theorize leadership, The Frustrated Leader tells the brutal truth of the matter: leadership necessarily entails frustration. But the genius of this remarkable work is that it defines frustration as a positive force rather than a negative one. Then, having reframed frustration, MyRon Edmonds shows us how to harness the energy of frustration for the achievement of a leadership prowess that can never be achieved without it.
As I read the Edmond’s unique leadership treatise, it penetrated my mind on three levels.
- First, The Frustrated Leader is unexpectedly therapeutic in that it is a work of empathy with those who occupy leadership positions. Seriously, you be like, “Wow, this guy gets my situation. I guess I’m not alone.” No, you’re not alone. Your frustration is not unique. It is, according to Edmonds, nearly the definition of leadership. So you don’t need to be feel guilty about your frustration. Rather, you need to reframe it and use it, which leads to the next way in which the book has impacted me.
- Secondly, The Frustrated Leader is extremely practical—so practical it hurts, but in a good way. It doesn’t merely hypothesize about leadership—it practicalizes (there’s a new word for you) leadership. Edmonds shows us what it actually looks like to be a leader and prescribed specific actions and attitudes you can, and should, implement to master the art of effective leadership.
- Thirdly, The Frustrated Leader is powerfully motivating. While Edmonds tells us some hard truths and insist that there is a very real sense in which the leader is alone in the vision they see, which is precisely why they are the leader, he constructs a vision of leadership itself that makes me want to wear the leadership mantle with fresh perspective and new energy.
I am confident you will discover The Frustrated Leader to be immensely usable. You will find yourself returning to it over and over again to be reminded of the salient sentences you underlined. Yes, you will be underlining something on every page. The book is that good.
About the Author
is regarded as one of the most fearless, transparent leaders of his generation.
He is a highly sought after speaker who travels the world helping to revitalize
dying churches, develop leaders and strengthen families.
He has a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Andrews Theological Seminary with a concentration in Family Ministries & Discipleship. His dissertation focuses on how to move marginalized black males to spiritual leaders in the home and in the community. He is a devoted husband to his high school sweetheart Dr. Shaneé Edmonds, a dentist, and proud father to his teenage daughter Teylor and teenage son Camden. He is also the author of the nationally acclaimed book, 40 Days to Life Changing Family Worship. He loves sports, reading,