H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle // Book Review

by theashruiz

In H3 Leadership, Brad Lomenick, front-runner and main man behind the magic of Catalyst, breaks down the essential habits of effective leadership. There are three main categories:

1. Be Humble: who are you?
2. Stay Hungry: where are you going?
3. Always Hustle: how will you get there?

From the three categories, he expounds and elaborates on the twenty habits necessary for leadership in almost any capacity and vocation, specifically for ministry and business. In the preface, Lomenick explains, “leadership is more than hard work; it is habitual work. It is worked out every day in the tasks we complete, the ways we approach our work, and the rhythms we nurture in our lives.” He illustrates a definition of each habit, what it looks like, a short story of it in action in his life, and how to cultivate that habit in your own life.

The organization’s mission should always be more important than any individual’s personal ambition.

The style of writing used in this book is one of which I highly admire and am appreciative of. The book is structured in a way that cuts out the fat and the fluff while still maintaining a narrative feel. Most of the chapters include a brief scenario, introduction to the featured habit, short story, further definition of the habit, bulleted or key topics, and how to cultivate the habit. At the end of each chapter is short and sweet inputs from other highly successful leaders. This is not a book that requires you to dig deep for the gold, Lomenick lays it all out in a simple teaching style.

Lomenick presents his material with vulnerability and openness, as well as authority and insight. He expresses the “me too” aspect of his struggles and mistakes in leadership that creates a bridge between himself and leaders at any stage. The information he brings to the table is applicable to a young leader with little-to-no experience all the way up to the leader who has mastered his business. You are not presented with a list of unattainable standards, he breaks down the habits into concepts that are simply doable and practical.

 Find a way to do more of the things that make you want to stay up late and get up early to work on.

The only negative piece I’ve found in H3 Leadership is the tweetable quotes highlighted throughout the book. Enhanced and highlighted points are something to be expected in any nonfiction book, but the Twitter emblem in front of each one seemed to be over-marketed; however, it is not something difficult to look past.

Many, if not all, of the habits expounded upon can, and perhaps should be, applied to any Christian’s daily life. I wish that I had been given this book when I first got into leadership almost 7 years ago. The lessons I learned, I learned the hard way. In H3 Leadership, you have a man who has already learned the lessons and giving you the map in, through, and around the tough areas of leadership. Take the map.

The quality of work we do is not just about bragging rights. It’s about stewardship.