Summary of The Leader Within

Learning Enough About Yourself to Lead Others

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The Leader Within book summary
Your leadership style reflects your personality and vision. Understand yourself before you lead others.


5 Overall

6 Applicability

5 Innovation

4 Style


Ken Blanchard is the draw in this group-authored book, even if he doesn’t get top billing. The author of The One-Minute Manager and his co-writers Drea Zigarmi, Michael O’Connor and Carl Edeburn explain how to understand and shape your personality to become the kind of leader or manager you want to be. Their book is not a tract on cognitive science but rather a business text with useful exercises and insights – in particular, the notion of personality as layered, complex and malleable rather than hard and unchanging. The authors’ charts are a bit of a hodgepodge; they occasionally strain for an image and their presentation of ideas can be confusing. However, getAbstract recommends this book to Blanchard fans and others who are striving to enhance their charisma and brush up their leadership style.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How leadership style reflects personality;
  • Why you must change your disposition, values and beliefs to change your behavior;
  • Why leaders and managers shine in different situations; and
  • How to record your vision in a compelling statement.


How Leaders Change
Too many managers attempt to do their jobs without understanding themselves or knowing how their co-workers view them. Time after time, surveys reveal a huge gap between managers’ self-perceptions and the views of their colleagues, subordinates and superiors. Working...
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About the Authors

Drea Zigarmi is a management consultant for numerous major corporations and entities. He is a bestselling author, trainer and speaker. Ken Blanchard consults and trains managers about leading their employees. He wrote The One Minute Manager and other books. Michael O’Connor co-authored Managing by Values with Blanchard. Carl Edeburn has been a business consultant for 25 years. Edeburn has co-authored several books with Blanchard.

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