Awakening the Leader Within: A Story of Transformation

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John Wiley & Sons, May 27, 2003 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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Kevin Cashman, one of the world's leading executive coaches,takes readers on a transformative journey to a new way of leadingand a new way of living

"Once you start reading Awakening the LeaderWithin, you won't set it down. Cashman doesn't let you offthe hook until you contemplate how you will live your lifedifferently."
—Tom Debrowski, Executive Vice President, WorldwideOperations, Mattel, Inc.

Awakening the Leader Within guides readers throughthe Six Seeds of Growth, which Cashman has used to help thousandsof business leaders change their personal and work lives for thebetter. He draws on his renowned executive coaching techniques inorder to lead the reader on a path to self-discovery and personalbetterment. Based on the premise that you need to grow the personin order to grow the leader, this inspirational and interactivestory centers on Benson Quinn, a CEO facing a deluge of personaland professional crises. As Quinn confronts the defining moments ofhis life, the reader learns valuable lessons about authentic andpurposeful leadership, applicable at home as well as in theboardroom. At a time when issues of business ethics crowd theheadlines-causing many leaders to question whether profit should bea leader's only goal-the practical applications of this book aremore timely than ever. Awakening the Leader Within has beenendorsed by more than thirty CEOs, thought leaders, and bestsellingauthors.

Kevin Cashman (Minneapolis, MN) is the founder ofLeaderSource, the nation's premier executive coaching consultancy.He has been featured in publications such as The Wall StreetJournal, Fast Company, Harvard Management Update, and HumanResource Executive. He has also been a contributing editor toExecutive Excellence magazine.

 

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Contents

The Journey to Awakening Starts Here
1
One Executive Suite
11
Two Our Family Our Town
20
Three The Call of Awakening
29
Four The End of the Fairy Tale
35
Five Waiting for Awakening
39
Six Dawn in the Garden
43
Seven Awakening to Legacy
47
Seventeen Heart to Heart
128
Eighteen Piercing the Veil
132
Nineteen Walking the Talk with Baby Steps
151
Twenty Awakening Together
168
Twentyone Facing the Demons of Doubt
173
Twentytwo Passing on the Torch
192
Twentythree Gardener of Souls
211
Twentyfour Purposeful Vision
223

Eight First Crossroads Old Road or New Road?
50
Nine Awakening to Purpose
60
Ten Renewing a Vital Partnership
67
Eleven The Strength of Vulnerability
73
Twelve Awakening to Authenticity
81
Thirteen Always Connected
88
Fourteen Awakening to Essence
98
Fifteen The Blossoming Bud
109
Sixteen A Day of Decisions
120
Twentyfive Remember the Seeds
239
Twentysix The New Gardener Begins His Work
244
Growth Guide Awakening the Leader Within
260
About the Author
315
About LeaderSource
317
Bibliography and Recommended Reading
318
Acknowledgments
321
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Kevin Cashman is Founder and CEO of LeaderSource, an internationalleadership development and executive coaching consultancy withoffices across the U.S. For more than twenty years, he and hisorganization have coached thousands of executives and teams toenhance performance. His clients span a variety of Fortune 500 andfast-growth companies in the consumer products, healthcare, medicalproducts, high technology, manufacturing, service, and foodindustries.
Cashman is author of Leadership from the Inside Out, the #1bestselling business book of 2000 and named one of the top twentybestselling business books of the decade by CEO-READ. He is acontributing editor to Executive Excellence magazine and has beenfeatured in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, HumanResource Executive, Fast Company, Strategy and Leadership, Oprah,CNN, and other media.
A believer in dynamic life balance, he has participated in morethan fifty triathlons and has practiced and taught meditation forover four decades.
He lives in Minneapolis on the Mississippi riverfront overlookingthe historic St. Anthony Falls.

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