The Leader Habit



Book Title:    The Leader Habit: Master the Skills You Need to Lead in Just Minutes A Day
Author:  Martin Lanik
Publisher:  AMACOM
List Price:   $25.00
Format:  Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication Date:   April 2018
ISBN: 978-0814439340
Reviewer: Montrae C. Jemison
Review Date: May 2018



Everyone has an aspect of themselves that makes them a leader and a leader whom wants to be more influential with a lasting impact. Therefore, we seek self-awareness through self-development or leadership training. The Leader Habit is a structured guide for creating new habits utilizing the Leader Habit formula. The book is broken down into four parts:

  • How It Works
  • Build Your Leadership Skills
  • Exercises That Develop Your Skills
  • Encourage New Skills In Others

“Whether you consciously realize it or not, you are constantly responding to cues around you with numerous well practiced habitual responses. Habits save you mental effort and allow you to achieve more at work and in life.”

Overview of Book’s Structure

The Leader Habit uses a lot of examples and stories at the beginning, which were very interesting, yet I found slowed me getting to the “meat’ of discovering the formula. There are 22 core leadership skills that the author and his team used to develop the Leader Habit Formula. They are categorized by either getting things done or focusing on people.

The author also wants the reader to discover their personality traits out of six choices in order to assist with developing the micro-behaviors to whichever of the 22 Core leadership skills you have chosen to use with the formula.

The Leader Habit formula wants you to practice a new habit for only 5-minutes a day to help those of us that procrastinate and need a quick way to sustain something new.


The Leader Habit capitalizes on the 22 core leadership skills and your personality traits. When it comes to ‘getting things done’ and ‘focusing on people,’ a leadership skill category is given. Each category contains 3-5 leadership skills that are defined and then an explanation as to why the skill is important, next are telltale signs that you need to improve the skill and the personality traits that are aligned with the skill. The 5-minute leader habit exercises follow the category.


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About the Reviewer

Montrae Jemison

Texas, USA




Montrae Jemison is a Military Veteran. She is tenacious, energetic, and a global traveler. She has spent the last 10 years of her career as an Instructor and Training and Development Coordinator in the healthcare sector. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Cybersecurity.

She can be contacted at [email protected]


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