It's not, strictly speaking, a business book, but the best book I've read this fall is Season of Life
by Jeffrey Marx. The subtitle of this touching 177-page volume is "a football star, a boy, a journey to manhood." But you don't have to care about football to enjoy Season of Life
, which is, in essence, about leadership.
Marx tells the story of Joe Ehrmann, a former Baltimore Colts football star turned minister who now helps to coach a high school team in Baltimore. Ehrman's message for his players is that being a man means learning to love and to be loved, and devoting your life to a cause bigger than yourself.
This is a useful message for anyone who wants to lead. Leadership at its best is about love and teaching and serving others.
Marx is not a great writer but he has discovered a great character who has a compelling story to tell, with some unexpected twists that I won't give away here.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.