Summary of The Radical Leap

A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership

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The Radical Leap book summary
To lead, all you need is love. Plus energy, daring, dedication, sincerity, audacity - and did we say love?


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This basic, common sense, practical and down-to-earth guide to leadership will delight anyone who has always wondered how to become a leader but never figured out how. Steve Farber, author of this treasury of leadership lore, is the leader who can help you find the leader within you. His parable is full of the kind of characters who delight storytellers, such as the affectionately-limned 22-year-old blonde in a bikini who approaches the author on a beach to ask what he thinks leadership is, or the Zen-like old, grizzled sage of leadership. These characters are designed to inspire you to believe that you, too, can be a leader, no matter how low your self-esteem. Moreover, Farber pushes business writing to the edge (in fact, one of his main characters is named Edg). He even manages to work in quotations from decadent, drunken, insane poet Charles Bukowski, author of such classics as Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Read this book and learn to follow the leader to leadership. It turns out that leadership is surprisingly easy once you know how to do it. believes we are not giving away too much of the ending if we tell you that the author believes "Love" is the final answer to the question, "What is leadership?"

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to lead;
  • What leadership means;
  • How to discover your inner leader; and
  • How to engage the passionate follower in the people around you by leading with love.


Keep It Personal: The Story Line
A business consultant is relaxing on a sunny day on Mission Beach in San Diego, watching the hunks and the babes, when a beautiful, blonde, 22 year old in a bikini comes up behind him and says, "Excuse me, sir, may I ask you a question?" He turns...
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About the Author

Steve Farber is a former vice president of The Tom Peters Company.

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