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Unleashing the Inner Warrior: A Review of 'Wild at Heart' by John Eldredge for Leaders and Aspiring

Updated: Mar 20, 2023



Leadership is a topic that has always fascinated me. I have spent countless hours reading books on leadership and management, attending seminars, and observing leaders in action. Over the years, I have discovered that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to leadership.


Each leader has their own unique style, and what works for one may not work for another. That's why I am excited to launch a new category on my website, dedicated to reviewing leadership books.


In this category, I will be sharing my thoughts and insights on various leadership books that I have read. Some of these books are well-known classics, while others may be lesser-known gems. My hope is that these reviews will help you discover new books that can inspire and motivate you on your leadership journey.

 

My first review is on the book "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge.


This book is a personal favorite of mine because it explores the idea of masculinity and what it means to be a man. As a male leader, I found this book to be both inspiring and enlightening.


Eldredge argues that men have a deep desire to live an adventurous and meaningful life and that this desire is rooted in their very nature. He writes, "Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue."


As a leader, it's essential to understand the inner desires and motivations of the people you lead. This is true for both men and women. By tapping into the passions and aspirations of your team members, you can better motivate and inspire them to achieve their potential. This is why I believe "Wild at Heart" is a must-read for any leader who wants to understand the hearts and minds of their team members.


 

Leadership is not an easy task, and often requires more than just strategic planning and execution. It requires an understanding of what drives and motivates people, and a willingness to tap into their passions and desires. In the book "Wild at Heart" John explores the idea of masculinity and how it applies to men, but the lessons within the book can also be applied to leadership and leading a team.


One of the key takeaways I had from "Wild at Heart" is the importance of understanding the inner desires and passions of the people you lead.

"The heart of a man is like deep waters, and a man of understanding draws it out."

As a leader, it's essential to take the time to understand what drives each team member and what their goals and aspirations are. This can help you better motivate and inspire them to achieve their potential.


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As a service member, I once had a fellow Airmen who appeared unenthusiastic and lacked motivation. Despite my attempts to inspire him, I couldn't seem to get him invested in his duties. One day, I decided to sit down with him and discuss his interests outside of the military. To my surprise, he had a talent for creating art and a strong passion for graphic design.


After learning this, I encouraged him to use his skills to create graphics for our unit's training materials. Not only did this engage him in his work, but his designs were exceptional and contributed greatly to our unit's training mission. By taking the time to understand his interests and talents, I was able to tap into his potential and help him find purpose in his military service.


 

Another important lesson from "Wild at Heart" is the idea of taking risks and embracing adventure.

"Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue."

This applies not only to men but to anyone who desires to lead and inspire others. As a leader, it's essential to take calculated risks and push the boundaries to achieve greatness. This can help inspire your team to take chances and embrace their own sense of adventure.


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I once led a team that was tasked with a project that was beyond our typical duties. We recognized that there was a risk involved, and failure was a possibility, but we were determined to take on the challenge. Our team dedicated countless hours and put in extra effort, but in the end, we were able to deliver a successful project that surpassed the Commander's expectations.



The experience served as a valuable lesson to us all, reminding us that taking calculated risks and embracing the spirit of adventure can lead to remarkable accomplishments. As Airmen, we are taught to adapt and overcome obstacles, and this project proved that we are capable of rising to the occasion and achieving greatness when we are willing to step outside of our comfort zones.


 

"Wild at Heart" is a book that explores masculinity and the inner desires of men, but the lessons within can be applied to leadership and leading a team. Understanding the passions and desires of your team members can help you better motivate and inspire them while taking risks and embracing adventure can help push boundaries and achieve greatness.

"Deep down, at the core of every man, lies a warrior to be unleashed and a lover to be embraced."

As leaders, it's our job to help unleash that inner warrior and embrace the potential of our teams.


I am excited to launch this new category on my website, dedicated to reviewing leadership books. Through these reviews, I hope to share my passion for leadership and inspire others to become the best leaders they can be. If you're looking for a book to kick off your leadership journey, I highly recommend "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge. Stay tuned for more reviews in the coming weeks!


 
"Until Next Time Climb Together"

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