People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership

People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership

by John Townsend


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Full of stories, clinical advice, and accessible takeaways, People Fuel outlines the twenty-two relational nutrients we all need to cultivate good relationships that provide energy, focus, and the support you need to succeed.

We all need more energy, the vitality that helps us stay motivated, focused and productive in life. We know we receive energy from good nutrition, along with working out, adequate sleep and maintaining positivity. But there is another major source for the energy we need: having the right kinds of relationships with others. Not the ones that drain us, but the ones that refuel us.

In his new book, Dr. John Townsend, psychologist, leadership expert and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Boundaries, shows you how we need the fuel of "Relational Nutrients" from others, and, in turn we can then provide them to others.

Our bodies require physical nutrients to stay healthy. If we don’t take enough iron, we can develop anemia. Too little calcium can lead to bone disease. In the same way, John identifies the key Relational Nutrients that we need. As we experience these critical elements from others, we grow mentally and emotionally more sharp and healthy. And as we give these elements back, others benefit as well.

Finally, Dr. Townsend details the specific types of people who can either be energy sources or energy drains, and gives concrete steps to help you cultivate relationships with those who will help you be all you were meant to be.

The person who taught you how to have boundaries now helps you to experience the best from those people you have allowed into your boundaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310346593
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 67,308
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. John Townsend is a nationally-known leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. John is the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, and the Townsend Leadership Program, which is a nationwide system of leadership training groups. He developed the online digital platform TownsendNOW, and the online assessment tool TPRAT. Dr. Townsend travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders, their teams and their families. He and his wife, Barbi, live in Newport Beach, California, and have two sons, Ricky and Benny. Visit

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Purpose of This Book 11

Part 1 Our Relational Foundation 13

1 An Indispensable Truth 15

2 The Path-to-Growth Tree 31

3 The Fruit 38

4 The Trunk of Character 52

5 The Soil Ingredients 57

Part 2 The Nutrients 67

6 Why the Nutrients Are Vital 69

7 Quadrant 1: Be Present 82

8 Quadrant 2: Convey the Good 103

9 Quadrant 3: Provide Reality 121

10 Quadrant 4: Call to Action 137

Part 3 Who Should Deliver Your Nutrients? The Seven Cs 155

11 Coaches: Get the Expertise 157

12 Comrades: Build Your Life Team 167

13 Casuals: Make Great Acquaintances 187

14 Colleagues: Work Productively and Connected 190

15 Care: Provide for Others 195

16 Chronics: Support without Enabling 199

17 Contaminants: Quarantine Yourself and Your Resources 206

Afterword: Take the Fifteen-Day Relationship Challenge 213

Appendix: Emotions List 217

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 221

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