A Higher Loyalty, Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey; 2018;$29.99; 290 pages; Flatiron Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-19245-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 8/2/18-8/6/18
Why did I read this? I heard him on NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and he seemed like a personable person with a sense of humor and a ethical style of leadership.
Comey had me in his authors’ note with this paragraph; “I don’t love criticism, but I know I can be wrong, even when I am certain I am right. Listening to others who disagree with me and are willing to criticize me is essential to piercing the seduction of certainty. Doubt, I’ve learned is wisdom. And the older I get, the less I know for certain. Those leaders who never think they are wrong, who never question their judgments or perspectives, are a danger to the organizations and people they lead. In some cases, they are a danger to the nation and the world.”
He lays out his life and why he took certain steps in his life. Some had to do with being at gunpoint in his own home at the age of sixteen. Others had to with lessons he learned on how to be a boss from some people who leaders in places he worked early on. His belief in right and wrong and how to best be a boss are what made him a good boss. His belief that the law is right and that there are ethical and moral ways to do things brought him into conflict with those in office, in all three administrations that he served in.
What is with the title of the review? After having read this I can appreciate Comeys’ style of leadership and would be willing to work under and to strive and be this kind of leader.