Summary of Total Leadership

Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

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Total Leadership book summary
Be an agent of positive change in all facets of your life by becoming a “total leader.”


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Stewart D. Friedman’s leadership treatise eschews the standard corporate-centered lessons and, instead, takes a holistic approach. His program focuses on helping you improve your performance in four “domains”: “work, home, community and self.” Once you identify your “core values” and align your actions with these values, you can achieve harmony in all the areas of your life and excel as a leader. Friedman provides readers with a take-home version of the Total Leadership workshop he developed and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. His narrative comes with self-directed exercises and relatable stories about others who’ve taken this journey. getAbstract recommends this worthwhile trip to leaders, potential leaders and anyone who craves a more well-rounded life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to take a holistic approach to leadership by improving your performance in the four life “domains”: “work, home, community and self”
  • How to make “authenticity, integrity and creativity” the foundation of your actions as a leader
  • How to use the “Total Leadership” program and its exercises


“Total Leadership”
Many people think that excelling in one area of their lives means sacrificing in another area. This includes CEOs who want more time with their children and stay-at-home parents who believe their careers are sunk. Such a lack of integration leaves people feeling unfulfilled...
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About the Author

Stewart D. Friedman has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School since 1984, and in the late 1990s, while on leave from Wharton, he was director of the Leadership Development Center at Ford Motor Company.

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    Paul H Aube 9 months ago
    This is a good summary of the essence of the book.  The 4 domains are not esoteric and a good balance of them based on "who" is the self will avoid the obsessive.  This is something that can be done in one's mind, but it is always practical to thoughts on paper to review and assess.  

    A must for professionals in need of leadership and personal skill enhacement.
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    Shalini Anmol 3 years ago
    i wish to get full summary
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    Alice Smith 5 years ago
    Total Leadership is an excellent self-analysis book. It prescribes the steps you can take to understand your values, the importance you demonstrate by your actions on the 4 “domains”, how to act with integrity, be creative and reflect & grow.

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