Inner Leadership is a book about creating emotional engagement and inspiration, both in ourselves and other people.
Please don’t read it. Or rather, please don’t only read it.
You do not learn to swim by reading a book about swimming. You also need to practice. The same applies to leadership.
To support this, Inner Leadership provides a series of focused questions and tools. These are arranged in a developmental order that builds step by step. To get the full benefit, you need to not only read the book but also find your answers to these questions and use the tools to uncover your insights into your specific situation.
To help you do this, Inner Leadership comes with a free downloadable electronic workbook. A large format paperback workbook is also available. Or you can use pen and paper.
Depending on your circumstances, you are likely to find some tools more useful than others. But each activity builds towards what comes later, so we recommend you try all the activities at least once. Spend more time on those that are more relevant for your needs today. But remember that inner leadership is a cycle of continuous improvement in all seven competencies, and what is less useful for you today may become more useful tomorrow, or could be useful right now for somebody else on your team.
The way to improve your ability to lead is the same way you get to Carnegie Hall: “Practice.”
By practicing the tools laid out in this book, you can find and lead yourself to your equivalent of Carnegie Hall. Where is that? And when would you like to begin?
Adapted from Inner Leadership. Buy the Book