In the book Picture Yourself a Leader: Illustrated Micro-Lessons For Navigating Change, author Elisabeth Swan offers insight to readers by sharing stories of leaders who have overcome issues in life and in the workplace.
- The book is a problem-solver’s guidebook explaining common problems in life and the workplace. It has engaging, illustrated vignettes of personal and professional experiences.
- It explains that a leader is not just someone at work—a leader can be anyone. Heading up a life, family, or work team makes someone a leader.
- The book gives insight into how to dive into your role as a leader, no matter what the role looks like, and how to face any problems that might arise.
Why it’s important
A leader is not just someone with a group of workers doing what they say—anyone can be a leader. Picture Yourself a Leader: Illustrated Micro-Lessons For Navigating Change details how to understand being a leader and gives insights from other leaders and problem solvers.
In the book, author Elisabeth Swan details her leadership styles and the mistakes she has made along the way, explaining issues that influential leaders face and how they used their skills to overcome the problems.
The collection of insights, challenges, and opportunities offers key guidance on how to work with others more effectively while clarifying how we influence others—knowingly or not. The book focuses on how anyone can be a leader and how to use that influence to help others.
Each chapter of Picture Yourself a Leader invites the reader to recognize themselves and their potential as leaders, whether in their personal life or at work. It offers guidance to help readers become better leaders and use their influence for good, while also helping overcome any problem.
Swan adds curated advice and experience from leaders, authors, practitioners, and experts—broadening the conversation by adding alternative viewpoints, lived experiences, and potential solutions, according to the book.
Picture Yourself a Leader is structured as an informal leadership guide, and the lessons offer practical ways to improve how readers think and act, allowing them to be the best versions of themselves.
The book differs from a traditional guidebook as it offers illustrated pictures that can be interpreted faster than words making it more straightforward to understand and easier to put into real-life action.