L2L Book Review: "Hacking Leadership"

L2L Book Review

Mike Myatt takes a long close look at how leadership today is being practiced and has come up with 11 major gaps in leadership execution. He also reveals the quick ways to fill those gaps.

His premise is this:

“As time has passed, they [leaders] have succumbed to accepting what is instead of pursing what if. They make safe choices instead of smart choices- they have forgotten what is is to be a leader.” 

L2L Book Review

Title: Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs To Close And The Secrets To Closing Them Quickly

by Mike Myatt

"Hacking Leadership" by Mike Myatt


The purpose of Mike Myatt’s new book Hacking Leadership is to equip leaders at every level with an actionable framework to identify blind spots and close leadership gaps. And this it does. He provides a thorough template that can help the bottom-line of any business.


Successful leadership execution requires leaders to get out of the fog they are in and stop allowing poor results, malaise, bad attitudes, politics, and many other harmful things to get in the way of business success. This requires one to first understand what they are up against, recognize the damaging effects they have, and create solid solutions to keep those toxin out of the workplace.

And based on his years as a top Fortune 500 business and leadership consultant, Myatt has identified 11 big gaps and reveals the secret to quickly filling these gaps. The format is easy to follow in the remedies are logical.


The book is easy to pick up and put down in short segments. Because it is broken down into highly logical segments in each chapter, anyone can use this as both a good read and as a reference guide in the future.

It is generally rare for me to put too many marks or highlights in a book, as I somehow see this as a violation of the sanctity of the text (silly, I know…), but this book has so many nuggets that are so succinct that I have highlighted more lines in this book than most.

With so many highlighted and underscored lines, quotes, gems, and nuggets, I would recommend using this book as a self-coaching guide.

To make it easy to self-coach, simply create a logical way to sort through the “recipes” that can serve you best and copy them onto flash cards. Write the problem or sticking-point you are facing on one side of the card and his recommended solution on the other. Keep these near you are reflect on them often until they have seeped into your subconsciousness.

The insights and wisdom will serve you well on your leadership journey.

And it will be like hiring Mike for a fraction of his normal fee!

A Reader’s Guide

The book is broken down into 11 easy-to-understand “gaps” (or problem areas) that need “hacking” (or decoding) and is formatted in a problem/solution design for easy reading . This really helped me get my mind around each issue separately and then let me build upon a solution set that was both comprehensive, yet digestible and easily reference-able.

The 11 (major) gaps that need hacking are these:

  1. Leadership
  2. Purpose
  3. Future
  4. Mediocrity
  5. Culture
  6. Talent
  7. Knowledge
  8. Innovation
  9. Expectations
  10. Complexity
  11. Failure

In addition to these major gaps, each section breaks down multiple mini-gaps within each section to further simplify and expand understandings. This really helps build a great mental image that sticks in your mind.

Favorite Line:

“Leadership is more than a title; it’s a privilege and therefore a burden of the highest responsibility. Nothing is more dangerous than leaders who lose sight of their real purpose – to serve something greater than themselves”

Get This Book

I really enjoyed this “recipe-for-success-style” book. I was able to read it at my own pace and take the time to reflect on how each segment can help me be a better leader and run my companies most effectively. If you are looking for a cogent, clear, and digestible how-to from a leading national leadership expert, then I say “Get This Book!

I give Mike Myatt’s newest book L2L 5-Stars.

You can buy it here.


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  1. John Smith on December 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Reblogged this on THE STRATEGIC LEARNER and commented:
    “Hacking Leadership” is Mike Myatt’s new book and you WILL be hearing more about this great addition to leadership literature.

  2. Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A. on December 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    This looks like a worthwhile and practical read. I’m adding it to my 2014 reading list. Thanks.

  3. ENNA A. BACHELOR on December 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm