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The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,159 ratings  ·  75 reviews
The business world is ready for an entirely new approach to leadership, and Steve Farber has written the perfect book to energize business leaders and help them make the leap into extreme leadership. In his exciting and innovative new business parable, The Radical Leap, Farber explores an entirely new leadership model, one in which leaders aren't afraid to take risks, make ...more
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Dearborn Trade
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Dan Archer
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was taken by surprise by this little gem. I picked up the smallest book I could see on the shelf to accompany me on a short train journey for a training course, only to find that instead of a business leadership how-to, I'd actually picked up a short novel.

Presenting the book in this way actually makes a lot of sense to me. Is there a better way to learn new concepts than to see examples of how they are outworked? At any rate, I found it very refreshing, and a lot easier to read than other boo
Jul 24, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked the concept of the "Oh Shit! Moment" (OS!M). Real growth opportunities occur outside your comfort zone, and this concept seems like a useful way to put a name to a feeling in order to harness it.

The discussion of the role that passion ("love") plays in leadership also was worthwhile.

However, the writing was skippable. It was full of cliches, and clearly an attempt to embellish 13 pages of ideas into a 180-page book. (The 13 pages of core content are actually included in an appendix.)
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Steve Farber who was a VP for Tom Peters who in the 1980's did such great books on customer service wrote a great parable about the new paradigm shift in today's businesses.
I experienced about 4 aha moments while reading - the book brought tears to my eyes.
I have read a lot of books and attended lots of courses on leadership.
So I am always looking for the human truth and I found it in Steve's book.
I am reading this at a time in my life when I want to be re-energized and renewed and Steve's book
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those who have read most of the "other" books on leadership
I begin to suspect a conspiracy in the world of “books on leadership”.

All of the reviews on this book’s jacket are from other “leadership gurus” some of whom the author has worked with or for. I don’t see a single “review” from a down in the trenches leader; they are all from the leadership “academia” so to speak. I begin to suspect that (like blogs today) all of these “leadership gurus” are just making money by writing books and then endorsing each other’s wares, creating a “circle jerk” of ti
Jul 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
This was required reading for my new job. I am predisposed to hate books like this. I think it stems from the time I borrowed the car of my first boss to run an errand and he had some sort of business/motivational tape on at full volume. It not only bruised my ears, but I think it damaged my soul a bit. To this day, I've never recovered...

This LEAP book (Love! Energy! Audacity! Proof!) just seemed so hokey the way it was written. Like maybe if I had been retarded I might have been more ent
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
A fairly good leadership fable. It reminded me a bit of Dan Millman's Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Edg, the mysterious stranger helping the book's author regain his passion for his life's work and lead others to do the same, drew to mind the Socrates character in Millman's books. A co-worker used the religious term convicted to describe his reaction to Radical Leap. Perhaps too strong a term for me, still it is good to be reminded of what motivates us (or should) in our careers and in our jobs.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
My poor overworked sister forced me to read this so I could help her come up with something smart for her to say in her leadership seminar. There is simply nothing smart, nor any good point to glean from this book. It is perhaps the most specious piece of bullshit I have ever read. "Love generates Energy, inspires Audacity, and needs Proof" isn't actually any sort of organizing or organizational principal.
John Paul
Jun 26, 2007 rated it liked it
i want to write business "inspirational" books like this and sell it to corporations and retire comfortably (and early)!
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Scott by: Lori Todd
I loved this book! Really gets to the heart of compassionate leadership and how loving our fellow co-workers and employees are absolutely necessary in creating a dynamic fun yet effective culture.
The kind of book that makes you go, "...huh!" (In a good way.) Really enjoyable read- short and plainly written.
Blaise Haddow
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I find myself surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It's a quick, easy read but it's rather dense with interesting ideas. For me, it's a lot more about the perspective than about the process, which I don't know enough managers-who-want-to-be-leaders focus on. I like the whole LEAP ideal, actually, but it also makes me ask questions about the more mundane jobs out there. How can this philosphy be applied to jobs (or perhaps people) less focused on changing the world? The writing style's not bad e ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
"Cultivate love in order to generate boundless energy and inspire courageous audacity."

"Employees who love you will bring themselves fully into their work day after day, no matter if the company down the street is paying a bit more. Love is your retention strategy." -The Radical Leap by Steve Farber

"Give everyone you serve something to love about you and what you're doing."

Look for experiences that will help you "ride bigger waves" later. Set leap goals. Do hard things. Fear often means that you
Andrew Bernstein
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5-2 stars downgraded for several unnecessary misogynistic passages. On the positive side it was easy to read and it had its moments, however the simplicity of the story and message made it seem as though it was directed at preschoolers
Ben Spilger
Another prototypical ‘good’ business book. Good concepts, not particularly original, unnecessary acronyms, could have been 10 pages but would have been a much less enjoyable read. Better than most, still par for the course.
Kristen Considine
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I was expecting the normal leadership book on textbook principles and got none of that. Wonderful to read something based on passion and expression and communicating, sharing, and instilling it in your people.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easy read and I loved the fiction format! It has made an impact in how I live- taking audacious risks!!
Grant Gardner
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easy reap to LEAP into great message and perspective.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Read

This is a very thought provoking book. I am anxious to continue my leadership journey by incorporating LEAP in my daily life. Stay Tune....
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Read it in one sitting could not put it down.
Bill Pritchard
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delightful, quick read that helps center one on what is important for those looking to lead others.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Inane corporatist bullshit.
Max Schroeder
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The take away to me: do what love what you do, and do what you love. As a leadership book, it was an excellent method to provide the information. A very fast read with resounding message.
Charles Goodger
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent - highly recommended
Jeff Scofield
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Radical Leap" details the mini adventure of Steve Farber, a leadership consultant who gets a crash course in "Extreme Leadership" by a colorful stranger he conveniently meets on the beach one day. The stranger, who goes by the name of Edg, takes Steve under his wing to show him what it is like to take the L.E.A.P. (Love, Energy, Audacity, Proof) in his line of work. And over the course of a simple week, the two share a time together exploring the new age mindset of what it takes to truly in ...more
Omar Halabieh
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a business parable - through the story of the main character Steve, a leadership consultant, in which he uncovers the principles of Extreme Leadership - the Radical LEAP:

"Love generates Energy, inspires Audacity, and require Proof. LEAP, you see, is simply the Extreme Leader's active, dynamic expression of love."

A quick entertaining, and educative read. What I particularly liked about this book is the handbook at the end that summarizes the key concepts and how to apply them on a re
Des Hague
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Steve Farber explores an entirely new leadership model in his book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, where leaders aren’t afraid to take risks, make mistakes in front of employees, or actively solicit employee feedback.

Farber’s modern parable begins on a sunny California beach where he has a strange and unexpected encounter with a surfer named Edg. Despite his unassuming appearance, the enigmatic Edg seems to know an awful lot about leadership and this brief interacti
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
There are tons of books on management theory out there, and this one obviously can be counted in that number. The Radical Leap walks you through the acronym “LEAP” or Love, Energy, Audacity, Proof. Honestly speaking this would be a long slog to get through if the book was simply going through each one of those items via conventional means. Instead, the author, Steve Farber, writes a fictional story to lay out the aspects of it. The story is a little on the cheesy side, with far too many items be ...more
Richard Gombert
Dec 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio, 2016
Another "business" piece of crap.
The author wants to illustrate a "business" philosophy, but he can not find any real world examples so he concocts this trite piece of fiction.
Could this be a more obvious Joseph Campbell rip-off?

I am surprised that the goal of successful businessmen are to retire and become lonely guru/mystic/philosophers dispensing wisdom to a few apprentices (padawans).

Several of these fictitious "business" books follow this same model. The goal is to become enlightened beach
Somewhat interesting, but ultimately insubstantial book on what the author calls "extreme leadership." It is a tale with a moral, a series of lessons. Like some I have read, it is not that I disagree with the author's views...I don't. Leadership in it's finest form is about love, service, sacrifice, and caring. Hopwever, the author does little more than make those points in the context of a mildly entertaining story. I read it (quickly) to evaluate whether to recommend it to my students. I won't ...more
Otsu yee
Oct 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who manages people
I find myself looking for books that will help me be a better manager. This was definately one of them.

One of the things that I learned from this story, is that for any inspirational leader, you need to put yourself out there on a very personal level to reach and connect to the ones that you supervise. There is definately a correlation between positive performance of a team and the overall attitude and style of the leader.
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