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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: TeamSpeak Publishing Co.; 1st edition (January 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981630308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981630304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book! Lead with Authenticity is internally consistent with the notion of the importance of character in leadership. I also liked the fact that Gary Ostwald acknowledges that leadership is a choice one makes signifying commitment...and this is as important as talent. --Dr. Lloyd Lewan, Executive Dean Emeritus, Semester at Sea.

Lead with Authenticity offers sound practical advice from a strong theoretical foundation and challenges the heart, not just the mind. Dr. Ostwald provides practical tools, honest vignettes, and striking imagery. He is persuasive without being preachy. His book gives the reader a clear illumination on the bridge between good self-management and great team management. --Dr. Murray Young, Dean of Business, Thompson Rivers University.

Lead with Authenticity has been so relevant and practical for me. Professor Ostwald is an amazingly strong teacher with a very engaging and empowering style. He makes the material come to life. Thank you for your investment into the lives of aspiring leaders. --Selena Headley, Executive Director, Community Development Leadership School.

About the Author

Gary Ostwald (BSIE, MBA, PhD) is Associate Professor of Management at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was on the faculty of the University of Denver Daniels College of Business where he taught leadership development courses in their MBA program. Dr. Ostwald is a consultant and leadership coach for garyostwald.com and a frequent speaker and workshop leader. Gary has presented leadership development workshops for Amity Foundation in China, Association for Experiential Education (AEE), State Farm Mountain States University, and Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), among others.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David G. Wolf on January 11, 2011
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This text provides a solid understanding of the principles of authentic leadership utilizing an assessment format along with key information to assist the reader to identify what it takes to become a truly authentic leader. It offers sound, practical advice from which all people can benefit to some degree. This text also helps the reader reflect upon their own personal leadership style and offers keen insights to make the reader a better leader using the "11 steps of authenticity" detailed in the various chapters. This is an especially good book for any new leader just developing a personal leadership style in that it will help raise self-awareness to help the new leader obtain the necessary skills to lead with authenticity.
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I had the great pleasure in using Dr. Ostwald's book in a recent MBA leadership class I taught at Eastern University. My students and I loved the book! Ostwald provides the reader with a functional deep dive into 11 areas, which are needed in order to lead with authenticity. Through a number of assessments and discussion, the reader will be able to identify their strengths and potential bumps or trouble spots. My MBA students felt this book provided them with real world take aways and a viable action plan for their current and/or aspiring leadership roles. I highly recommend this book to leaders that wish to validate and/or improve their current leadership skills. Second, this book should be a staple in all college leadership courses. If you aspire to lead with authenticity, this book is for you.
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By Karin Swihart on January 27, 2011
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As an aspiring authentic leader, I highly recommend Dr. Ostwald's book, Lead with Authenticity. Authentic leadership training is hard to come by, but Ostwald perfectly balances the cliché of leading from your strengths against recognizing and accounting for your weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

No one can read this book and not learn something new. It is rooted in theory, backed with years of experience, and packed with practical applications. This book will make an immediate impact on your views and perceptions of what leadership is, and your co-workers will thank you for Leading with Authenticity.
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As a practitioner in leadership development and someone who has trained many co-workers and interns over the years, I have found this book an excellent and most useful resource for training and developing leaders, as well as personally beneficial. The book is not only easy to read and use, but it comes with discussion questions at the end of each section, which can be used for discussion and interaction in the leadership development process with one's colleagues. I most highly recommend this resource.
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Gary Ostwald is an executive coach and a leadership development consultant. Gary also serves on the organizational leadership faculty at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business where he taught leadership development courses in their MBA program. Gary's coaching clients include business owners, emerging leaders, corporate executives, and others. Gary has held engineering and management positions in Fortune 500 firms, beginning his business career with 3M Company as an Industrial Engineer. Gary is an avid sea kayaker, trail runner and marathoner.

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