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Book review of “Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration” by Keith Ferrazzi. Ferrazzi is the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenligh, a management consulting and team coaching company.

Ferrazzi discusses to stop blaming technology for work changes, look at all the issues, flaws, and problems that technology has exposed. It’s how you, your team and your company handle the exposed items.
The book covers in detail eight new work rules for a new work world.

  • Who’s on your team
  • Accept that it’s ALL on you
  • Earn permission to lead
  • Create deeper, richer, more collaborative partnerships
  • Co-development
  • Praise and celebrate
  • C-elevate the tribe
  • Join the movement

Ferrazzi has interesting insights and thoughts on how the way we work needs to change exponentially just keep up with all the new technology changes. One major concept is that leadership no longer demands an office, an official title, or even a physical workplace. Another Ferrazzi concept is to not waste time with bureaucratic bottlenecks but create trust and mutual accountability. The ability to lead without authority is of course the main Ferrazzi concept.

As a reminder, this book was written before COVID-19! WOW! COVID-19 has pushed Ferrazzi concepts and work rules about 10 years ahead in just the past 6 months.

Ok DBA colleagues, the new work force rules are meant for you too. How many times at 2am did you have to lead without authority to get the systems back up and running? This book reinforces what you have been doing so many times. The future challenge to you and your team is to have everyone else on board with the new work rules.

In the publisher’s words “This book will be a staple in every leader’s library”. I agree and give the book “Leading without Authority” a thumbs up! Right?


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