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The Source of Leadership: Eight Drivers of the High-Impact Leader

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Leadership is failing in many forums and failing at an increasing rate as technology accelerates and complicates our existence. Inside, you’ll discover the keys – the source – to embodying and performing the well known but highly elusive traits and functions, respectively, of the high-impact leader. You’ll learn how to develop eight personal drivers, energies deep within, each of which drives several of the traits and functions of the high-impact effective leader:

  • Presence,
  • Clarity of thought, emotion, and behavior
  • Openness
  • Intention
  • Personal responsibility
  • Intuition
  • Creativity
  • Connected communication

With the burgeoning trend toward seeking a deeper grounding personally as a means of performing better professionally, The Source of Leadership is the early "defining voice" of this new leadership discipline. (See 

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Traversi has written a bold, innovative book in which he practices what he preaches. Business books often have an issues/actions structure, illustrated with case studies. The case studies in The Source of Leadership are excellent, but the best are those where Traversi frankly describes the issues he identified in his own personal management style and how he applied the eight drivers to positive effect. The result is an illuminating set of guidelines for any leader.
—Jerry Weissman, author of the international best-sellers Presenting to Win and In the Line of Fire and president of Power Presentations, Ltd., a communications consultancy

As an executive search professional who has placed CEOs for thirty-five years, I weed out wannabes from real leaders on a daily basis. Leadership is three things: creating a culture, creating a plan, and hiring a team to execute. Traversi articulates this and the finer points of leadership very well. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to fine tune his or her leadership skills.
—Vito Bialla, CEO and founder of Bialla & Associates, Inc., executive search consultants in Sausalito, CA

This is a must-read for any executive interested in succeeding in the future. Traversi has clearly articulated a new paradigm of the leadership model. This how-to book is both instructional and provocative.
—J. Michael Chu, founder and managing Partner of Catterton Partners in Greenwich, CT, a $2 billion private equity firm focused on investing in fast growing, middle-market consumer companies.

This book is the leader's ideal antidote for a world that is getting more complex and faster by the minute. Now and in the future, the extraordinary leader is going to have to be grounded in reality, highly aware, and able to access powers deep within. The Source of Leadership is an excellent roadmap to that kind of leadership.
—Stephen M. Ross, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of RELATED

Traversi understands, on a deep level, that everything is connected. He understands that until a leader achieves personal empowerment and fulfillment he cannot become a high-impact leader. At a time when the business and professional world—and our country—is in dire need of excellence and integrity in leadership, Traversi has written a powerful guide to help transform ordinary leaders into extraordinary ones. I strongly recommend The Source of Leadership to anyone who wants to learn how to lead by example.
—Beverly Engel, MFT, best-selling author of numerous books including Honor Your Anger and The Power of Apology

With the current state of affairs in world relations, politics, business, religion, and even the family, a new leadership paradigm is imperative. Traditional approaches to leadership just aren’t moving the needle. The Source of Leadership is a powerful outline of a new model of leadership that leaders and aspiring leaders can ignore only at their peril. Compelling, enjoyable, and timely!
—Carl W. Stratton, founder and president of Carlton Services, LLC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572245082
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Traversi is the founder and managing director of 2020 Growth Partners, LLC (, which offers executive coaching, strategic advisory, merchant banking, and leadership development services to executives and companies across the United States. He has worked as a chief executive of operating companies, a trial lawyer, a commercial lender, an investment banker, private company investor. In addition, he has started several successful companies in diverse industries. Traversi holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from the King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2007

    Inconsistent & Irresponsible

    There is a disclaimer from the publisher in the front of this book for a good reason. Traversi states he has been to a therapist, but I doubt it with his lack of self-evaluation and inconsistency. He also does not understand Carl Jung's shadow concept is about integration of the whole person. Traversi fails to understand the shadow is essentially about being self-accepting and not about avoidance. Traversi has a judgemental tone with his accounts that I found disturbing and lacking in compassion. Traversi's eight 'drivers' make sense, but he does not back them up with anything to sustain them accept self-help pop psycho nonsense and an anti-social excercise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Empoering the Individual: Finding the Leader in Each of Us

    Too often self-help books stimulate the reader while the pages turn, but after the back cover closes the session is over and on we go. David M. Traversi avoids that route in publishing a book, the result of his years as a motivational speaker and writer and coach, that on the surface is a primer for executive search teams to determine who among the hundreds of applicants for CEO jobs deserve to be termed 'leaders', but for the average leader, Traversi has written an extremely user friendly manual that allows the reader to open the potential of personal lives to be everything each of us can be. It is stimulating reading and an enormously helpful guide for self-improvement. Traversi talks about the 'persona' and the 'shadow' aspects of our personalities: the 'persona' is what we present to the world while the 'shadow' contains the 'personality and behavior energies that have been repressed from consciousness, usually since childhood.' Once he has aided the reader in determining self-evaluation he begins his steps to empower and explore the myriad possibilities within each of us that not only direct toward discovering the secrets of Leadership, but in reality lead us down a well constructed path toward fulfilling the potential in each of us. His chapters by name tell the process direction: Presence, Openness, Clarity, Personal Responsibility, Intuition, Creativity, and Connected Communication: it becomes apparent that the method is first, self-evaluation and then transposing those newfound traits into the qualities needed in 'high-impact leaders.' Traversi's layout of his information is clear, unencumbered, and supported by not only excellent definitions but also by examples of each added trait as demonstrated in 'case reports.' The importance of this volume in aiding recruiters to identify true leaders is a given. What impresses this reader is the usefulness of the book in seriously testing and diagnosing and treating the individual to succeed in living in the present and altering attitudes and habits to open windows to a far more successful mode of living, communication, working - and leading! Grady Harp

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