Thursday, November 3, 2016

8 Steps to Achieve Your Destiny by Samuel R. Chand

If you are a leader, you will face difficulties. Chand offers insights on leadership he has gathered over the years.

He highlights eight topics. New People (identifying characteristics and dealing with them), New Pains (change creates it so get used to it and embrace it), New Places (where you want to go and how you'll get there), New Perspectives (new ways to see and finding mentors), New Priorities (defining steps to reach your goal), New Passions (rediscovering excitement as life changes), New Preparations (daily habits and skills), New Possibilities (embrace the risks and opportunities).

Chand says the biggest challenge for leaders is within them – their perceptions and attitudes. He provides insights on how to overcome roadblocks and find new ways to respond to people and situations. He includes good suggestions. He also gives great examples where leaders capitalized on ideas like he presents as well as others who totally missed it.

There is nothing in this book that will shake the leadership culture. Chand give sensible and inspiring suggestions. This would be a good book for any leader to read either as encouragement or a review of current leadership practices. Chand includes Teaching Points at the end of each chapter, as well as visuals, so this book could be used in leading a seminar or other group session.

Note: This is a reprint, under a new title, of LadderShifts, published about a decade ago.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Samuel R. Chand became president of Beulah Heights Bible College in 1989. Under his leadership, the school became the country's largest predominantly African-American Bible college. Chand currently serves as president emeritus of Beulah Heights University. He is a leadership architect and consultant, author, and change strategist. He lives with his family in the Atlanta, Georgia area. You can find out more at

Whitaker House, 176 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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