Authors John Stuef and Amy Bradshaw have released a book, titled From Doing to Leading: Your Guide for Inspiring People on the Front Lines.
“The book is written for the ‘doers,’ the frontline workers in the collision repair and service industries who are out there every day running their shops and doing their best to lead their teams and businesses,” said Stuef. “It is a great read for anyone in the industry who is looking for some guidance on successful leadership techniques.”
Stuef said that while he was working as a regional manager in charge of running six collision shops, he realised how little managerial training was available for people looking to run a successful shop and decided to write a book. He has owned, operated and managed collision repair facilities over his 40-year career.
“I’ve had a lot of opportunities to learn and grow as a leader,” said Stuef. “I saw a real need for leadership advice that catered to frontline workers, specifically in the body shop business. I’m the first to admit that I’ve made some mistakes and wanted to share what I have learned so I could save others from making some of the same mistakes.”
Stuef said he met Bradshaw, a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and they soon appreciated a shared keen interest in human nature and in helping people tap into their inner purpose.
“Amy and I had a few inspired conversations and then decided we should write this book together. We both believe that anyone can be a great leader if they can inspire a team. Great success lies in team empowerment.”
In the book, the authors talk about the pitfalls of traditional leadership techniques and discuss the importance of understanding human behaviour and the science behind how the brain works.
“I truly believe that everyone has the potential for being a great leader but first, they need to understand human behaviour,” he said. “We share proven methods that help people learn to draw the best from those on the team and we provide information about the science behind motivation in a way that body shop guys like me can understand.”
The paperback and Kindle versions of the book can be purchased on Amazon and are also available for streaming on Audible.