L2L Book Review: "Leaders Open Doors"

L2L Book Review

Using his own personal experience, author and veteran consultant Bill Treasurer wrote “Leaders Open Doors” to encourage leaders to accept responsibility for noticing, identifying, and creating opportunities for the benefit of people, organizations, and society as a whole. 

He believes strongly in opening doors for others and providing assistance to the next generation of leaders.

L2L Book Review

Title: Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance

by Bill Treasurer

Leaders Open Doors by Bill TreasurerBill Treasurer’s new book “Leaders Open Doors” is exactly what the subtitle suggests: a  radically simple leadership approach that I certainly can image would lift people, profits, and performance in any organization.


The premise of the book is that a simply selfless approach to leadership that has one opening doors and creating opportunities for others is the jackpot mentality to effective leadership.


As a self-confessed former “complexifyer” of leadership, he went from a journey as a young man in graduate school where his thesis was this:

“The efficacy of the initiation of psychological structure through the use of directive leadership styles as a negative correlate of role ambiguity and positive correlate of employee satisfaction in workplace that have undergone a recent reduction in force.”

to understanding from a simple conversation with his five-year old preschool son Ian about what it means to be leader where his son answered the question “What did you get to do as the class leader?” with this gem:

I got to open doors for people!

This simple statement struck the author with such clarity that he renounced his quarter-century membership in what he calls the “Legion of Leadership Complexifiers (LLC)” and takes a pledge “to speak plainly and simply.”

And in this book, he does just that. His simplicity and clarity is radiant and the radical approach to dropping complexity and picking up a servant-leadership mentality is pure genius. He takes a machete and cuts through years of Organizational Development (OD) and Leadership Development “hairballs” and allows his voice to speak simple truths in a busy world.


A Reader’s Guide

One of the things I enjoyed in this book is how the author breaks down for the reader what they will be reading and tells them how it will benefit them. He has a place early on that tells you “What You’ll Understand” and “Key Chapter Takeaways” in the introduction and in each of the nine concise chapters.

The reader will easily understand the following 10 points:

  1. What a leader is, simply
  2. Why leadership means opening doors
  3. Why focusing on problem-solving is far less effective than focusing on the opportunities those “problems” nearly always provide
  4. Why making people uncomfortable – in a way they can absorb – is every leader’s primary job
  5. Why giving people opportunities to prove themselves taps into people’s need to excel and can supercharge motivation
  6. How the actions leaders take can help broaden and shift people’s perspective so they can face challenges more creatively
  7. How you can gain deep loyalty and commitment when you open a door to a second chance, especially after big mistakes
  8. Why leaders need to pay special attention to the needs of people who are outside the majority
  9. How instrumental leaders can be in bringing about career and life transformations for people
  10. How you can have the greatest positive impact on people only when you open yourself up and show your true self to those you lead

Get This Book

L2L Book Review - 5 Stars

I give this book the L2L 5-Star rating and strongly recommend getting it for yourself, your team, or even your boss. I give it my highest recommendation. You can buy it here.

I rate it this way because of its stunning clarity, its humble, honest, concise and practical approach, and for the step-by-step way to get anyone to become a more effective leader.

Editors Note >>> 100% of book proceed are going to charity.

I got this note from the author:

“The good news is, I’m donating 100% of the royalties to programs that support children with special needs. You may recall that I have a 9-year old daughter who has cerebral palsy and is deaf. Since the book is about creating opportunities for others, it seemed natural to donate all the royalties to charity. Now the book will open doors for others too!”

See why he is donating the proceeds herehttp://youtu.be/t6ax_D27RME


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  1. Dr. Robert Brescia on May 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Opening a door is a wonderful analogy to servant leadership and creating opportunities for others. I congratulate the author also on helping children with special needs.

  2. Debra Manesse, Professional Organizer, Assistant & Coach on May 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you for your article – our children (and grandchildren alike) are amazingly insightful! I think it’s their innocence & purity towards people & life that shines through their questions & responses, Their little filters (minds) haven’t been distorted, i.e; they have not ‘taken in’ wrong thinking or prejudices to distort truth as we adults have done. Therefore they ‘see’ life in it’s purest & simplistic nature. Perhaps that’s the way it was meant to be from the beginning of time. Truth & trust go a long way!

    Just before reading your article I was talking to my roommate about the realization of how God has connected me with missionaries lately (the last 2 1/2 years) & how He has brought them into my life & space.

    My current roommate is a missionary who will be getting married soon & moving out. My soon-to-be new roommate was on the mission field for several years.

    Suddenly I was impressed with a thought so I shared it with her, ‘maybe I could offer my home (quaint as it is) to traveling missionaries where they could stay for a place of respite & provision?’ Thus, ‘opening doors for people’ enabling them to serve and/or work with greater effectiveness & ease.

    Come to think of it, I have been a ‘professional’ door opener for the last 10+ years! As a Personal Assistant and Caregiver for the elderly I have opened doors for many people thus improving & enhancing their lives.

    I am also close friends with a ‘traveling evangelist’ whom I would like to marry someday, if God’s will, yet I myself have never traveled as he does. Hm-m-m, food for thought.

    Best regards!