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Kevin Cashman’s book on why personal development is essential to exemplary leadership is a classic. First published in 1998, this self-help manual quickly became a breakthrough business bestseller. This revised edition is now on the required reading lists of numerous universities and leadership programs around the globe. For this second edition, Cashman, a coaching consultant, conducted extensive new research. He asked corporate CEOs and company presidents to review his models of leadership and to critique his leadership propositions. Additionally, his firm interviewed corporate leaders to learn which areas of personal development they believe relate most closely to leadership. While some insights are obvious, others provide fresh ideas. The book offers a virtual coaching experience that will help you develop as a “whole person” and, thus, as a “whole leader.” getAbstract recommends this respected work to all leaders. It offers valuable insights, ideas, lessons and tools they can use to improve themselves, their employees, their organizations and their communities.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What it means to lead “from the inside out,”
  • What traits distinguish inside-out leaders and
  • How mastering seven areas of self-development enable the personal growth necessary for effective leadership.

About the Author

Kevin Cashman is the author of numerous leadership books, including The Pause Principle. He has advised senior executives in more than 60 countries.



Three People Who Became Leaders from the Inside Out
The first example: An elementary school student named Peter suffered burns on 90% of his body. The nurses who cared for him constantly propped open his mouth and eyelids so they would not seal shut while Peter healed. The valiant boy...

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    Rahmatullah MOWAHID 11 months ago
    Effective leaders must be comfortable with change; they must practice and teach agility and resilience. Bringing about positive change is never easy. It requires abandoning old habits and patterns and trying new approaches. Live totally in the present without worrying about the past or fearing the future. Pay close attention to unfolding events in your life yet keep the big picture in mind. Build “elasticity” through “mental-emotional stretching” exercises, such as noticing when you must adapt and thinking about how well you’re managing that process.
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    Dr Felix Simac 5 years ago
    This is probably one of the most useful books on the topic of Leadership. The basic idea is something we all constantly see in our own lives, from workplace to relationships in families and with friends: leaderhip attitudes and skills are integral / intrinsic to the personality. Hence, true leadership can only come from "the inside", and is not, cannot be, something to put "on top" of our persona.
    In order to acquire and learn leadership skills, there are very good examples and small to-dos suggested, which can help us to focus on what really is essential in every good leader. No wonder it made a bestseller and is used in that many university courses. A truly good read and a worthy reference / desk-companion.

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