Book review: Reflections on Leadership

Reflections on Leadership adds to the global leadership discussion by expounding upon lessons learned from past and present leaders. 

Here, we will look at a synopsis of the book, three key takeaways, and end with a conclusion.


Author: Dennis Mossburg

Book length: 332 pgs (printed) and 245 pgs (e-book)

Date Published: 28 December 2020

Published by: Dennis Mossburg

Reflections on Leadership is a compilation of quotes and commentary. The bite-sized chapters make the book read more like daily leadership tips to read before work or during lunch. 

The quotes come from a broad spectrum of known and lesser-known leaders, alive and deceased. For example, there are quotes from modern leadership experts like John Maxwell and Simon Sinek between historical figures like Lao Tzu and Socrates. Other quoted leaders include George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George C. Marshall.

Reflections on Leadership presents a quote at the beginning of each chapter, followed by remarks from Mossburg. The chapters are short and sometimes include a personal experience. Sometimes, if the quote comes from a historical figure, context and its application to leadership will be provided.

Key Takeaways 

Reflections on Leadership is a flexible read and is an excellent start for those looking for a good synopsis about leadership practices or professionalism. Likewise, suppose you have been in leadership positions and are looking to broaden your literature. In that case, Reflections on Leadership provides relevant quotes from famous and less-known leaders to research. 

I know I found something good when I come away with ‘I never thought about that’ moments. For example, the book talks about conducting one-to-ones to develop team members. Although I have done one-to-ones in my job, I have never done them as frequently as the book suggests. Something tells me that more frequent one-to-ones may impact a team’s growth and development than initially thought. 

My last takeaway was the need for a book like this. I’ll often read a leadership book and forget the concepts taught in it. Reflections on Leadership include a broad range of leadership topics that trigger other lessons I learned previously. Recalling these lessons helped me think about my leadership style. In addition, this book’s quote/commentary-style text helped me tailor my personal development.


I really enjoyed reading Reflections on Leadership. It is jargon-free, and the down-to-earth rhetoric makes this book an excellent addition to any bookshelf. Also, it is relatively short, so you learn the lessons quickly.

If you are interested in learning the basic building blocks of leadership, then Reflections on Leadership is a great start. Likewise, it is a great reminder for veteran leaders who want a daily leadership reminder book.

Have you read Reflections on Leadership? What did you think? Comment below. Thanks for reading!



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