Book Review

Book Title: Unleashed – The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You
Authors:  Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review
List Price: $30.00
Format: Hard Cover, 213 pages
Publication Date: 2020
ISBN: 13:978-1-63369-704-1
Reviewer: Edward Raibick, PMP
Review Date: January 2021



The Harvard Business Review book titled Unleashed – The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You dives into the subject of people management for developing a work environment that fosters commitment, productivity, and focused execution through shared objectives, diversity, inclusion, and team empowerment.

The book fosters empowerment by utilizing the powers of trust, love and belonging to empower the workforce, and discusses the need to communicate strategy and culture for productive business execution in leadership’s absence.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • Chapter 1 – IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU discuss the traditional paradigm of shifting from the focus of the leader’s success to the focus on meeting the needs of others for success. The chapter discusses empowering the team members, when in your presence, and ensuring that they remain empowered in your absence, in order to meet the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Chapter 2.- TRUST is discussed as the key element towards creating an empowered environment. Individuals who trust you are willing to be led. Leaders who trust can rely on their employees to make the right decisions in their absence. Practices and insights that foster trust are discussed in this chapter.
  • Chapter 3 – LOVE from a standpoint of how your people feel around you is discussed in this chapter. The gift of helping others succeed, and reach their full potential is covered. The four quadrants of how others experience you is also reviewed in this chapter.


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How to cite this book review: Raibick, E. (2021). Unleashed, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/pmwj102-Feb2021-Raibick-HBR-Unleashed-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Edward Raibick, PMP

Texas, USA


Edward Raibick, PMP is a Senior Project Management Consultant with extensive experience in IT Security, Financial Project Management, software engineering, managerial and IT Project Management. Edward holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Internet and IT security, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and an Associate in Specialized Technology degree in Electronics. His career includes over 10 years with the IBM Corporation and over 15 years with Texas Instruments. His consultant projects include major clients such as Experian, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines and FIS Global.

Edward is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, having acquired his PMP certification in 2011. Edward is also currently the Director of the PMI Dallas Chapter Book Review Program and also a Dallas Chapter Mentor.  Contact:  Email address: raibick@sbcglobal.net

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