Discovering the Leader in You: A Guide to Realizing Your Personal Leadership Potential
October 2010, Jossey-Bass
Discovering the Leader in You offers a planful approach to understanding how aspects of personality, character, vision, home life, values, and skills match with essential leadership activities. This unique system of self-discovery clearly shows what it looks like to fit or not to fit in leadership roles in organizations.
Robert J. Lee and Sara N. King, who developed this approach from their experience at the widely renowned Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina, help leaders and potential leaders examine leadership commitments and development paths in the context of who they are as individuals. They show how to connect the inner self to the demands of leadership by using a set of questions that help (1) clarify the relevant realities and expectations in a leadership role, (2) bring out a personal vision and a leadership vision, (3) base leadership behaviors on personal values, (4) become more authentic in leadership situations, and (5) productively integrate work and personal lives.
Discovering the Leader in You will help all executives--seasoned veterans and those considering leading as a new direction in their careers--to gain more personal insight into what leadership really means to them, to retain more control over their career choices, and consequently to achieve more personal success as leaders.
"In the considerable literature on leadership, this book focuses
on something new-how individuals can identify the key attributes of
great leadership and link them to their own unique vision, values,
and personal strengths. The authors provide a roadmap to
self-knowledge that becomes a guide to maximizing effectiveness in
the organization and in life."
—Evelyn Rodstein, managing director, Leadership Organizational Development, J.P. Morgan
"As we have known since biblical days, no one wants to follow an
uncertain trumpet. If you want to be the most persuasive,
self-confident, visionary leader that you can be, the tools and
techniques in this book will help get you there"
—Douglas T. (Tim) Hall, director, Executive Development Roundtable, and professor of organizational behavior, Boston University School of Management
"The perfect book at the perfect time! As leadership has become
the critical element in the age of intellectual capital, the
pressure to assume a leadership role without reflection or regard
for the trade-offs it represents is greater than ever. Thanks to
Bob and Sara, mentors and professionals at all ages have a tool to
make a conscious choice to accept the challenge and rewards of
—Anita Jensen, vice president, organizationl development, Bristol-Myers Squibb
"You wouldn't think there was anything more that could be said
about leadership-but there is, the most important part in fact: how
do you figure out who you are as a leader? Lee and King are
wonderful counselors in answering this question. This book is going
to be required reading in our executive MBA program."
—Peter B. Vaill, author, Learning as a Way of Being and Spirited Leading and Learning
Do I Have a Personal Leadership Vision?
Will My Values Enhance My Leadership?
How Important Is Life Balance to My Leadership?
What Do I Need to Know About Myself as a Leader?
What Do I Need to Know About the Realities of Leadership?
Steps to Knowing Yourself as a Leader.
SARA N. KING is director of open enrollment programs at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.