It is acclaimed to be the first personal development, or self-help book ever written, and published. The current version of the book was published in 1998, although the first version was actually published in 1936. Don’t be deceived by judging how old the book is, because all the principles written in the book still apply today.
I have nothing negative to say at all about this book. It started me on my personal development journey and I have often referred back to lessons I learned from this book in both my personal and professional relationship.
I recommend this book to all my friends, to people I know are interested and ready to invest in their personal growth.
Follow the principles written in this book and you will see your relationship with friends and non-friends alike, improve.
Furthermore, it has several leadership principles that you will find useful if you are in any leadership capacity.
Here’s some of the principles taught in the book about leadership:
• Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
• Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
• Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
• Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
• Let the other person save face.
• Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”
• Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
• Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
• Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.