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The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham Review

There is a number of great books written on the subject of leadership, but The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham offers a refreshingly new approach to the whole topic. The book clarifies some common misconceptions regarding how leadership is perceived, and what makes a good leader. Buckingham delivers some very useful advice, and challenges the reader to look at the already very well known problem from a different perspective. 

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What is this book about?

The topic of leadership and how it affects the future of a company, is something that has been extensively covered in literature. However, Buckingham offers a very refreshing approach to this topic in his One Thing You Need to Know. He addresses some problems that are often overlooked, and explains how they influence the success of a leader. The information in this book is very useful even if you are already well informed about the subject. One of the most interesting observation that Buckingham makes is the lack of differentiation between a manager and a leader, and how good managers are not always great leaders. One Thing You Need to Know is a book that uses many aspects of Buckingham's 'strength theory' which he published in his previous work. 

Buckingham's writing style is easy to read and it really pushes his point across in a way that a reader can relate to. His approach to leadership is very different from what is currently the standard in the field, and raises some interesting questions. 

Why should you read this book? 

Marcus Buckingham's One Thing You Need to Know offers a different perspective that complements the already established approach in the industry. If you are in a position of leadership, Buckingham's point of view may prove to be very helpful, as he comes to some completely surprising conclusions. His approach is straight forward and covers numerous elements of leadership and personal success. 


One Thing You Need to Know is a book that will make you think, and challenge you to see things from a very interesting perspective. Buckingham offers great advice, especially for people who are looking for alternative answers to common problems that occur in a life of a leader. Reading this book will definitely benefit the way you conduct yourself as a manager, and a leader. 

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