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Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance Hardcover – March 7, 2013

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About the Author

BILL TREASURER is the chief encouragement officer at Giant Leap Consulting and the author of Courage Goes to Work, an internationally bestselling book on courage-building. He is the creator of Courageous Leadership, a do-it-yourself workforce training program, and has worked with thousands of executives throughout the world. His clients include Accenture, Saks Fifth Avenue, SPANX, UBS Bank,, CNN, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Treasurer is also a former member of the US High Diving Team, a cancer survivor, and a champion for the rights of people with disabilities. One hundred percent of the royalties from the sales of this book are being donated to organizations that open doors for people with special needs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475976380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475976380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Treasurer is the Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a courage-building company that exists to help people and organizations be more courageous. He is largely regarded as the originator of the new organizational development practice of courage-building, a concept that was introduced in his internationally bestselling book Courage Goes to Work.

Bill is the author of Leaders Open Doors, a simplified approach to leadership that emphasizes the importance of leaders as opportunity-creators.

Bill's is the creator of Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace. The comprehensive off-the-shelf courage-building training program, published by Pfeiffer, has been taught on four continents in eight countries since being published in 2011.

Bill's first book, Right Risk is about how to take smart risks, and draws on Treasurer's experiences as both an organizational development professional and as a daredevil athlete.

Bill Treasurer also served as the chief editor of POSITIVELY M.A.D. (Making A Difference) (Berrett-Koehler, 2004). The book is a compilation of stories, from world- renowned experts, that inspires readers to make a difference in their organizations. Gannett newspapers called it "required reading for all employees contemplating putting a co-worker's tie through the shredder -- with the co-worker still attached."

Bill's insights have been featured in over 100 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The NY Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and Investor's Business Daily. Bill's insights have also appeared in such magazines as Leader-to-Leader, Woman's Day, Parent, Redbook, Fitness, American Way, and The Harvard Management Update.

Since 1991 Bill has conducted over 500 corporate workshops designed to strengthen people's leadership skills, improve team performance, accelerate innovation, and help executives behave more courageously. Among his clients are Accenture, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, SPANX, Walsh Construction, Hugo Boss, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Veteran's Administration.

Bill lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife Shannon and their three children, Bina, Alex, and Ian. To contact Bill, email

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By auskavitch on May 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I started reading Leaders Open Doors wondering what new insight would be ahead . . . I was immediately amazed. Author Bill Treasurer says, "If your door is always open, how on earth would you effectively get any work done ...?" This is something I've tried to figure out for years, seeing many doors open and little being accomplished.

Treasurer provides us a whole new definition to "open door policy" - one that takes action to open doors for others - one that creates opportunities for others, and yourself. He mixes humor, personal stories, and a profound insight into a book that's very easy to read, understand, and put into practice. In fact, I read it without stopping, something I VERY rarely do.

Leaders are role models and set the tone of the organization. This book will help you reform your culture by helping you to become a positive powerful influencer. Share your new found abilities - and this book - with other leaders and you'll soon have employees that thrive and grow . . . and stay.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. McConaughy on May 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
You can be a class leader simply by opening doors for others. Bill treasurer takes that simple idea and weaves it into a great book. He provides excellent directions without ever loosing his focus on keeping it simple. Don't get lost on your way to becoming a leader. Keep it simple by becoming an open door leader
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean Glaze on May 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Bill Treasurer's most recent book, Leaders Open Doors, is a radically simple read with profoundly practical ideas. From his initial story that shares how a five-year-old helped to clarify the main lesson of the book (and its title), to the many ideas that each chapter provided for reflection and suggested applications, I thoroughly enjoyed the well-organized stories and tips that he packed into less than 100 pages of text.

Leaders Open Doors provides a handful of powerful and real-life examples of how you, as a leader, can identify and offer opportunities to those in your organization.

Opening doors for others and encouraging their growth is how leaders create a legacy and build a more successful organization. His background in growing teams and developing leaders as a team building facilitator, executive coach, and leadership training consultant provide many of the stories that illustrate his points, and, as a leader in any field, they will encourage you to identify the doors that you might open to grow and develop your people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Levy on August 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Bill Treasurer, who in full disclosure is a client and friend, has done something rarely seen in business literature: He's written a leadership book, "Leaders Open Doors," that is both potent and charming.

The idea for the book came to him unexpectedly.

When Bill's five-year-old son, Ian, returned home from school, the youngster said his teacher had chosen him as that day's class leader.

"What did you do as class leader?" asked Bill.

"I got to open doors for people," said Ian.

That innocent answer knocked decades of convoluted leadership theory right out of Bill's head. He knew he had heard a leadership truth that was unadorned and far-reaching.

Writes Bill: " . . . to be a leader is to open doors for others. Leaders open doors of perception, possibility, and most importantly, opportunity."

One of my favorite things about the book are its chapter-concluding exercises. Trying to lead can overwhelm us if we let it, but time and again Bill provides exercises that help readers see opportunity in even the most intimidating situations.

This is a wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Ashlock on March 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
People who are sick of reading leadership books will love this book. This book is fresh, simple, and energetic. It begins with a charming anecdote about a five year old who is named "class leader," for the day, and given the job of opening the door for all his classmates. After establishing this vivid imagery, it uses the metaphor of "opening doors" to show how true leaders live to serve others and give them opportunities for growth. If you're tired of reading long, convoluted books written to show off the author's jargon and expertise, this book will be a refreshing change. The reading experience is like getting a cold, fresh drink of water after a long hard walk through a dusty desert.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chip R. Bell on April 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Leaders Open Doors is an amazing book! With a gazillion leadership
books available, Bill Treasurer brings a powerful, practical treatment
that uniquely re-frames a quality still in short supply. Written with
refreshing clarity, delightful humor, and profound insight, the book
is a must-read for all interested in successfully influencing others to
deliver their best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Smith on July 22, 2013
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Treasurer has done an outstanding job at describing the importance of creating opportunities for others as it relates to the role of a leader.

Among several significant points, Treasurer brings home the idea that to be an influential leader, we must influence the opportunities that others are provided. When we use the resources that we have to create opportunities for others, "open doors" if you will, we are setting an example of what great leaders do. They develop more leaders.

Simple in concept, but deep in execution, opening doors for ourselves, others and our organization result in growth and success.

Treasurer starts the book off with a brilliant example of the wisdom found in the words of a child. He tells the story of his five year old son sharing his excitement of being the class leader that day.

Of course Dad wanted to know all about it "... what did you get to do as the class leader?" In the words that could only mean the world to a five year old, "I got to open doors for people!" Treasurer sums up the backbone of the book by stating "In a matter of fifteen seconds, with seven simple words, Ian clarified what's most important about leadership."

The idea behind this book is brilliant. We all know that most people, when asked, want more than just a paycheck from their job. They want an opportunity. Treasurer gives five basic elements behind the opportunities that workers are expecting:

growth and personal development
career fulfillment and enrichment
acquisition of new skills
financial gain and other rewards, and
greater access to leadership roles

My take on this is that leaders need to create an environment that is conducive to opportunity. As he describes it ...
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