Today, it is modern to talk about social capital, good relations, and mutual trust. But it would be even more important to act in such a manner. Here, we can benefit from the concept of collaborative leadership that Sonja presents in the book. Collaborative leadership transcends leadership, as we commonly perceive it and, at the same time differs from it. Its essence lies in fulfilling our calling and vision. Not in just any way, however, but rather by connecting leading and cooperating as well as power and responsibility. There is a chronic lack of leadership, as Sonja describes it in our environment. In every field, not only in the business world. Even though the book recounts various success stories, it is not a story of success. It is rather a book about development, when the biggest leaps forward perhaps happen as a result of failures if we regard them as an opportunity to learn.
The book The Energy Inside Leadership also confirms the exhilarating power of the written word. To be able to write something one needs to clear their mind, dive deep, and grasp the essence. And when what has been written is read by others, they open the door to their mind and let the words trickle in. If the messages are strong enough, reading them can also inspire different actions. Such messages abound in this book and some of them are highlighted perhaps for this very reason. That is why I am convinced that the book will further the validation of collaborative leadership and thus fulfill its purpose. Everyone who wishes to develop the leader within will find it very useful. Finally, this book also greatly contributes to the development of the field and I believe that by writing it Sonja has merely laid the foundation of her calling, thus I look forward to her future works.