The 100-Mile Walk: A Father and Son on a Quest to Find the Essence of Leadership

Sander Flaum


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Each generation leads in its own way. But to progress together, they must find ways to bridge the divide between their perspectives. Recognizing that truth, a 65-year-old traditional CEO and his 35-year-old Zen entrepreneur son embark on a six-month-long, 100-mile walk.

As they stroll the streets of New York and New Orleans, trek through the Blue Ridge Mountains, and hike along the Long Island coast, they talk about their experiences, their outlook on life and work, the achievements of leaders they have known, and how each views the nature and purpose of leadership.

Ultimately, the two men agree on nine key traits and practices essential to all leaders -- from principles and passion to performance and even paranoia -- and on how leaders and aspiring leaders can follow them consistently. Father and son also discover a lot about each other, their relationship, and the way two generations set apart by so many differences can respect and learn from each other.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Metaphorical Journey: Utilizes a physical journey—a 100-mile walk—to symbolize the leadership journey, exploring challenges, lessons, and growth along the way.

  2. Leadership Qualities: Explores various leadership qualities, such as resilience, determination, teamwork, and adaptability, as mirrored in the challenges faced during the walk.

  3. Communication: Emphasizes the importance of effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal, in leadership and relationship-building.

  4. Vision and Goal Setting: Discusses the significance of having a clear vision and setting achievable goals as vital elements of effective leadership.

  5. Teamwork and Collaboration: Highlights the value of collaboration and teamwork in achieving shared objectives, as demonstrated during the joint journey.

  6. Adversity and Resilience: Addresses dealing with adversity and the importance of resilience in leadership, drawing parallels between challenges faced on the walk and in leadership roles.

  7. Learning from Experience: Encourages learning from experiences and using them as opportunities for personal and leadership development.

  8. Trust and Support: Emphasizes the role of trust and support in leadership, both in fostering relationships and achieving collective goals.

  9. Reflection and Growth: Advocates for self-reflection and continuous growth as essential aspects of effective leadership.

  10. Legacy and Impact: Discusses the legacy a leader leaves behind and the impact of their leadership style on individuals and teams.

Language English
ISBN-10 081440863X
ISBN-13 9780814408636
No of pages 255
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher McGraw-Hill Education
Published Date 16 Feb 2006

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Author : Sander Flaum


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