The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

by Lolly Daskal
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The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness by Lolly Daskal

Do people see you as the kind of leader you want to be? Are your strongest leadership qualities getting in the way of your greatness?

After decades of advising and inspiring some of the most eminent chief executives in the world, Lolly Daskal has uncovered a startling pattern: within each leader are powerful abilities that are also hidden impediments to greatness. She’s witnessed many highly driven, overachieving leaders rise to prominence fueled by well-honed skill sets, only to falter when the shadow sides of the same skills emerge.

Now Daskal reveals her proven system, which leaders at any level can apply to dramatically improve their results. It begins with identifying your distinctive leadership archetype and recognizing its shadow:

The Rebel, driven by confidence, becomes the Imposter, plagued by self-doubt.
The Explorer, fueled by intuition, becomes the Exploiter, master of manipulation.
The Truth Teller, who embraces candor, becomes the Deceiver, who creates suspicion.
The Hero, embodying courage, becomes the Bystander, an outright coward.
The Inventor, brimming with integrity, becomes the Destroyer, who is morally corrupt.
The Navigator, trusts and is trusted, becomes the Fixer, endlessly arrogant.
The Knight, for whom loyalty is everything, becomes the Mercenary, who is perpetually self-serving.

Using psychology, philosophy, and her own experience, Daskal offers a breakthrough perspective on leadership. She’ll take you inside some of the most cloistered boardrooms, let you in on deeply personal conversations with industry leaders, and introduce you to luminaries who’ve changed the world. Her insights will help you rethink everything you know to become the leader you truly want to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101981351
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 164,860
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LOLLY DASKAL is the founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership, executive coaching, and consulting firm based in New York City. With more than thirty years of experience with some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, Daskal is one of today’s most sought-after executive leadership coaches and leadership consultants. She has written thousands of articles and columns for a variety of media, including Inc., Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Surprising Gap in Our Leadership 11

Chapter 2 The Rebel 25

Chapter 3 The Explorer 48

Chapter 4 The Truth Teller 74

Chapter 5 The Hero 97

Chapter 6 The Inventor 122

Chapter 7 The Navigator 144

Chapter 8 The Knight 171

Chapter 9 Where There Is Light There Is Always Hope for Greatness 195

Epilogue: Stand In Your Greatness 204

Know Your Gaps 212

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 215

Index 221

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The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness by Lolly Daskal is a book that every leader needs to read, one with the advice that many growing leaders never have the chance to hear. As I read this book, I thought about all the men and women who have driven me, and the patterns outlined in this well-crafted and compelling work surface very powerfully in their lives. Drawing from popular psychology, philosophy, and professional experience, the author unearths traits in leaders who fail because they rely solely on their skills and on what has consistently worked for them — which might not be relevant anymore. In well-crafted prose and providing wonderful insights, the author illustrates how our skills and talents can become stumbling blocks on our way to greatness. And did you know that the overconfident leader can suddenly become the imposter, that the person who builds on truth can become a master at using lies to lead others, that the explorer can become the exploiter, and that the gifts that make us rise can turn against us when we fail to discern what really makes us grow and connect more intimately with ourselves and with others? The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness is a ground-breaking work on leadership, a book that showcases the author’s leadership skills and experience so brilliantly that it will provoke a revolution in the hearts of up-and-coming leaders, and help those leading others to be more aware of the dangers that come with their skills. Lolly Daskal writes with confidence and leaves the reader in no doubt that she is a master of the subject. It’s perfect leadership psychology.
sfstearns More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book. Transform yourself in your professional and personal life by recognizing your leadership archetypes, and the gaps that stop you from standing in your greatness. I couldn't put this book down, and refer back to it regularly - it's a life textbook.