A new book from John Addison, former Primerica Inc. Co-CEO and current Leadership Editor of SUCCESS magazine, launched Tuesday with a wealth of insights on leadership and life.
Titled Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose, the new release from McGraw Hill marks Addison’s literary debut. The direct selling veteran, who proudly embraces his beginnings as a small-town Southern boy, is a regular speaker on the topics of leadership and empowerment. In Real Leadership, he has distilled his own experiences into nine practices aimed at helping others lead effectively.
In a career that has spanned more than three decades, Addison spent 16 years as chief executive of financial services firm Primerica. Alongside Co-CEO Rick Williams, Addison steered the company through rapid growth in the early 2000s, the financial crisis of 2008, and a highly successful IPO in 2010, when Primerica spun off from parent company Citigroup. Addison and Williams stepped down in April 2015, handing off leadership of the company to current CEO Glenn Williams.
Real Leadership lays out Addison’s takeaways, both from personal experience and the lives of role models, including his own mother and Great Britain’s storied wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill. The book has garnered praise from experts such as Shawn Achor, The New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage; Harvey Mackay, author of the No. 1 bestseller Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive; and Dr. Denis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Success, who calls Real Leadership “a leadership book that only surfaces once in every decade.”