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The Leader You Want to Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self--Every Day

The Leader You Want to Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self--Every Day

by Amy Jen Su


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You can be the leader you want to be--today and every day.

Do you find yourself wishing you had more hours in the day? Do you want to do more, yet feel you just can't add another thing to your plate without being overwhelmed by stress or compromising your health, relationships, and integrity?

No doubt, as a leader, there are some days when you feel the flow. You're able to make a difference and achieve big goals. You feel confident and energized. On days like this, you are your best self--the leader you want to be. But on other days, you go down a different, negative path, with pressures and doubts making you feel like a lesser version of yourself.

How can you be the leader you want to be, every day? The answer is more than a time-management system or a silver-bullet solution for changing your routines. Leadership expert and coach Amy Jen Su's powerful new book helps readers discover that the answer lies within. By focusing in specific ways on five key leadership elements--Purpose, Process, People, Presence, and Peace--you can increase your time, capacity, energy, and ultimately your impact, with less stress and more equanimity.

Drawing on rich and instructive stories of clients, leaders, artists, and athletes, as well as on research by experts, the author brings together the best of both Western management thinking and Eastern philosophy to provide a holistic yet hands-on approach.

The Leader You Want to Be is your indispensable guide to tapping into and expanding your leadership capacity so that you can be your best, sustain yourself, and thrive as a leader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633695917
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 286,387
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Amy Jen Su is Managing Partner and cofounder of Paravis Partners, a premier executive coaching and leadership development firm. She is coauthor, with Muriel Maignan Wilkins, of the Washington Post bestseller Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and a frequent contributor on She holds a BA in psychology from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Tale of Two Leaders: Which Will You Be? 1

Chapter 1 What Gets in the Way: The Pitfalls of Doing 17

Chapter 2 The Power of Purpose: Reset Your Compass 33

Chapter 3 The Power of Process: Reboot Your Personal Operating System 59

Chapter 4 The Power of People: Raise Your Game, Raise the Game of Others 93

Chapter 5 The Power of Presence: Don't Scratch the Itch 125

Chapter 6 The Power of Peace: Loosen Your Grip 157

Chapter 7 Pay It Forward: Create Leader A Teams and Organizations 189

Appendix: The Leader A Toolkit 207

The Leader A Master Checklist Tool 208

The Leader A Assessment 216

The Leader A Onboarding Worksheet Tool 217

Managing Overwork or Stress "Worksheet Tool 219

Increasing Effectiveness, Discipline, Collaboration, or Satisfaction Tool 221

Notes 223

Index 231

Acknowledgments 239

About the Author 243

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