Book Title:  Leadership: Stories, Lessons and Uncommon Sense
Author:  Ron Taylor
Publisher:  New Point Publications, Fairfax Station, VA 2011
List Price: $19.95
Format:  Paperback, 110 pages
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN:  978-0-9833793-0-0
Reviewer: Regina Israelian, MBA, PMP
Review Date: 5/27/2023



This book provides insightful tips on how to be an effective leader. Written in 2011, Leadership Stories, Lessons and Uncommon Sense gives many useful tips on leadership and examples of how they look in action. These tips include: principles, nurture trust, bring the vision down to earth, be the example, lead one person at a time, and use humor to heal.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The 101-page book has 9 chapters. Other than the introduction and about the author, each chapter covers a specific principle of leadership. The end of each chapter provides a useful tipsheet summarizing the main points of the chapter allowing the reader to easily implement the various leadership techniques.


When one searches leadership books on Amazon the results provide 60,000+ book titles.  Needless to say, Leadership is a much written about topic with many different points of view.  “Leadership Stories, lessons and Uncommon Sense” provides a straight-forward, common sense and easily implemented approach to leadership. The author shares leadership techniques that have been proven to work and provides examples from many different fields, including politics, sports, comedy and music. The simple straight-forward language makes the book very engaging, and the length makes it a quick read.

Overall, “Leadership, Stories, Lessons and Uncommon Sense” is a practical guide on how to be a leader, whether formally or informally.

Highlights: What I liked!                                                                 

The tip sheets are what I liked most about this book.  Tipsheets provide a one-page condensed overview of each chapter and can easily be used as an everyday visual reminder of excellent leadership techniques.  The stories the author shared are another item that helps the reader understand the topic in real-life situations.


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How to cite this review: Israelian, R. (2023).  Leadership: Stories, Lessons and Uncommon Sense, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue VII, July. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/pmwj131-Jul2023-Israelian-Leadership-Stories-Lessons-and-Uncommon-Sense-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Regina Israelian, MBA, PMP

Rowlett, TX, USA


Regina Israelian, MBA, PMP is an experienced project manager having worked for over 10 years managing projects in the areas of operations, go to market, product management and employee engagement.  Regina has always been a natural planner and enjoys organizing and coordinating events in her volunteer work for her church and other community organizations.  She earned her PMP certification in 2019, demonstrating her commitment to the profession and is a proud member of the Dallas chapter of PMI.

She can be contacted at risraelianpmp@gmail.com

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