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Praise for Leadership from the Inside Out

"Research on leadership is clear: leaders must move from task-specific expertise to personal, interpersonal, and strategic excellence to succeed. Cashman's Leadership from the Inside Out gives you both deep and pragmatic practices to help make this crucial leadership transition."
--Kenneth R. Brousseau, PhD, CEO, Decision Dynamics LLC

"Kevin Cashman knows people can change, but to really improve the outside, every person needs to understand what's on the inside. This book walks you through a step-by-step process of self-discovery. Anyone who is serious about personal improvement should contemplate the questions posed by this book."
--Joseph Folkman, coauthor of The Extraordinary Leader

"Kevin Cashman's message of staying resilient is critically relevant in today's high-change, high-stress marketplace. Leadership from the Inside Out provides a set of tools for managing energy and personal engagement, crucial to stay ahead of the game of leading and living."
--Jim Loehr, CEO, Human Performance Institute, and coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement

"Sooner or later, every leader who would like to lead more effectively finds himself blocked. Kevin Cashman's book illuminates how we can find the means within ourselves to identify and remove these barriers in order to fulfill our leadership destiny."
--J.P. Donlon, Editor-in-Chief, Chief Executive

"As leaders, we all need to grow from technical-functional expertise to personal-interpersonal excellence. Leadership from the Inside Out shows us impactful ways to take this journey with integrity and respect for all those we serve."
--Juergen Brokatzky-Geiger, PhD, Head of Human Resources, Novartis International AG

"Bolstered by strong science and the refined art of leadership development, few books so clearly bring the many aspects of our lives into alignment. Whether you're taking your own talent or that of others to the next level, Leadership from the Inside Out provides an abundance of tools for authentic, long-term success."
--Ana Dutra, CEO, Leadership Development Solutions, Korn/Ferry International

"No matter your professional arena, self-understanding and team trust are key to enduring success. Leadership from the Inside Out has brought out the best in our team, showing how our far-reaching talents, values, and experiences all directly fuel performance."
--Mark Cohon, Commissioner, Canadian Football League

"Leadership from the Inside Out has produced something any manager should admire: long-term value. As a former national bestseller and perennial member on our monthly bestseller list, Cashman's classic has provoked positive change in leaders of all types and backgrounds for years. This revised and expanded work takes the timeless principles first introduced ten years ago and brings them to life for the next generation of leaders through new examples, new research, and new meaning."
--Jack Covert, President and Founder, 800-CEO-READ

"Leadership from the Inside Out captures the latest research, the best development model, and the most comprehensive leadership practices to pragmatically and positively impact leadership effectiveness. It has been the foundation for a decade of effective and life-changing coaching with executives around the world."
--Dee Gaeddert, PhD, President, Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry Company

"From the moment I read the first draft of this book, I knew Kevin Cashman had created a classic. His timeless book continues to stand out in a crowded field of leadership literature because it is both principled and practical. Buy it, read it, and apply it to progress."
--Ken Shelton, Editor, Executive Excellence

"Cashman is perfecting the wisdom first conveyed a decade ago: there is a concomitant relationship between our internal selves and our external results. Leadership from the Inside Out masterfully bridges the gap between our too severed business lives and personal lives."
--Arvinder Dhesi, Group Talent Management Director, Aviva

"Cashman's second edition of Leadership from the Inside Out blends the latest research and the latest tools to give global leaders what they need in today's competitive marketplace. A must-read for the global leader of today!"
--Lawrence P. Clark, PhD, Director, Korn/Ferry Institute

"Kevin Cashman's integrated leadership approach inspired my personal and professional transformation. The tools encouraged and still guide me to honor all parts of my self, to connect authentically with others, and to lead with an enriched sense of service."
--Pablo Gaito, Global Leader, Learning & Development, Cargill, Inc.

"A prosperous business relies not only on the design plan from top management but on the strengths and interconnectivity of its many individual parts. Leadership from the Inside Out boils down the fundamental elements of understanding human capital and has given us strategic capacity to incubate talent from within."
--Richard P. Kearns, Chief Administrative Officer, Zurich Financial Services

"Leadership from the Inside Out is one of the leadership classics. While it was one of the first business books to capture the crucial link between personal growth and leadership development, it is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. If you read the first one, then you will like this new edition even more!"
--Kevin Wilde, Chief Learning Officer, General Mills, Inc.

"Leadership from the Inside Out is a major paradigm shift in leadership development. It gives you the tools to go directly to the heart of all significant leadership transformation: growing as a person to grow as a leader."
--Paul Walsh, CEO, Diageo, and former Chairman and CEO, The Pillsbury Company

"Leadership from the Inside Out serves as an important wake-up call for those who are ready to unleash the power of authentic leadership."
--Ken Melrose, University of St. Thomas Holloran Endowed Chair in the Practice of Management; former Chairman and CEO, The Toro Company; and author of Making the Grass Greener on Your Side: A CEO's Journey to Leading by Serving

"True adventure always involves the exploration of one's innermost spirit. Leadership from the Inside Out is a compass that helps you navigate this hidden domain as a means to bring out full leadership capacity with honesty and renewed energy."
--Ann Bancroft, polar explorer (first woman to reach the North and South Poles) and Founder, Ann Bancroft Foundation

"If you want personal transformation, then buy Leadership from the Inside Out. It will guide you through the unexplored territories we often miss in our frenetic-paced business world."
--Trudy Rautio, Executive Vice President and CFO, Carlson Hospitality Worldwide

"Leadership from the Inside Out is a testament to the too often forgotten reality that leadership success comes from living your deepest purpose and values as you earn followers, starting with the person in the mirror."
--Vance Caesar, PhD, leadership coach and mentor, The Vance Caesar Group, and Professor, Pepperdine University

"In the dozen years I have known Kevin Cashman, he has consistently made his work a masterpiece in the art of leading on purpose. His new edition is an intriguing guide to this art, and it inspires us to take it to the next level."
--Richard J. Leider, Founder, The Inventure Group; author of The Power of Purpose; and coauthor of Repacking Your Bags and Something to Live For

"Authentic leadership lies at the intersection of our deepest spiritual values and our greatest personal gifts. Cashman's new edition of Leadership from the Inside Out invites you to live at this important crossroads by cultivating the habits and skills needed to enrich your professional life while fostering opportunities for rich and satisfying personal development."
--Brother Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, President, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota

"Breakthroughs in neuroscience and the plasticity of the brain directly connect to Leadership from the Inside Out principles and coaching model. The book gives us the tools we need for leaders to grow and develop." --Marcelo Montero, President, Health and Nutrition, Cargill, Inc.

From the Back Cover

Grow the Whole Person--Grow the Whole Leader

Leadership from the Inside Out, Kevin Cashman's breakthrough business bestseller that clearly connected personal growth to leadership effectiveness, is now completely revised and updated with:

* an explosion of new validating independent research
* impressive new case studies
* new tools and practices
* an even more powerful virtual coaching experience

Still framed in seven simple yet profound "mastery areas," this book serves as an integrated coaching experience that helps leaders understand how to harness their authentic, value-creating influence and elevate their impact as individuals, in teams, and in organizations. Cashman demonstrates that his trademark "whole-person" approach--we lead by virtue of who we are--is essential to sustained success in today's talent-starved marketplace and provides a measurable return on investment. For everyone from CEOs to emerging leaders, this long-awaited second edition advances the art and science of leadership and is even more relevant today than when it was first published.

"This book has no shelf life. Eternal truths."
--Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California: author of On Becoming a Leader; and coauthor of Leaders and Judgment

"In this new edition, Kevin Cashman demonstrates convincingly why authenticity in leadership is essential for effectiveness. His process of developing this leader from within provides readers the road map to transform themselves and their organizations."
--Bill George, author of True North: Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School: and former Chairman and CEO, Medtronic

"Leadership from the Inside Out gets to the heart of what we face as global leaders in today's complex world: the ability to have people reach beyond themselves, achieving great results by integrating purpose, knowledge and personal growth."
--Daniel Vasella, MD, Chairman and CEO, Novartis AG

"Today's top talent can spot a phony a mile away. Trust is hard to build and easy to lose. Cashman's resounding message is one of truth and honesty, critical enablers of trust, commitment, and ultimately, great performance."
--Michael A. Peel, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Business Services, General Mills, Inc.

"Finding and developing talent will be the keystone to sustaining organizational success in the coming decades. Cashman's classic book gives you the research, the tools, and the know-how to develop, retain, and optimize your key talent in today's hypercompetitive, global marketplace."
--Gary Burnison, CEO, Korn/Ferry International

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2nd Revised & Updated edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576755991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576755990
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kevin Cashman is Senior Partner at Korn Ferry, specializing in CEO & Executive Development and Keynote Speaking. Named a Top 10 Thought Leader by Leadership Excellence, Kevin is one of the world's premier CEO coaches and a world-class keynote speaker.

Kevin is the bestselling author of six leadership books, all centered around his "grow the whole person to grow the whole leader" approach to integrated leadership development. Leadership from the Inside Out, first published in 1998, is considered a business classic, was listed as one of the top-selling business books of the decade by 800-CEO-READ, and the #1 Bestselling Business Book of 2000. The second edition, published in 2008, is currently used at more than 100 universities and leadership programs worldwide.

Kevin is the founder of the Executive to Leader Institute® and Chief Executive Institute®, referred to as the "Mayo Clinic" of executive development by Fast Company. He also founded LeaderSource, recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs globally. In 2006, LeaderSource joined Korn Ferry.

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This updated version is packed full of validating research, case studies, and wonderful stories. The book is so inspiring and a wonderful resource for anyone with a desire of leading. I keep this on my nightstand and read a little every day so I can truly think about what Kevin Cashman is teaching us about becoming a leader for life.
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I would recommend Leadership from the Inside Out by Kevin Cashman. The major theme of this book is authentic leadership and in its pages, Cashman provides many opportunities for the reader to learn and grow personally and as a leader. Cashman argues that to develop as a leader, one must focus on whole-person development and offers many suggestions on how to accomplish this.

The book is well-grounded in research. Cashman uses a mix of practitioner resources (i.e. Training & Development magazine) and academic articles (i.e. from the Center for Creative Leadership) alongside his personal and professional experiences. This combination of sources lends credibility to the book, although sometimes it makes the reading a bit awkward.

The one major complaint I have about the book is that it introduces you to a topic, but doesn't point you in the direction to learn more. For example, Cashman suggests meditation as a means of controlling stress, but he doesn't suggest resources on meditation or tell the reader where they might learn and practice meditation.

The book is meant to be read slowly. Throughout, Cashman includes quotes from famous and important leaders that are meant to provoke thoughts. He also includes reflections at critical points in the book and at the end of each chapter. From the beginning, he encourages the reader not to read straight through, but to put down the book when an idea strikes and explore it.

This is an excellent book for the reader wanting to learn more about himself or wanting to learn more about authentic leadership. I would caution against using this book in isolation. When ideas or suggestions pique your interest, it would be helpful to have access to other resources on the subjects. All-in-all it is definitely worth the read.
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Leadership from the Inside Out is a book that I was expected to read for a graduate-level class on Educational Leadership. After the first few pages, I was turned off by the "meta-talk;" I am naturally weary of self-help gurus who name drop celebrities who they have helped to transform the lives of, and I was quick to dismiss Cashman as "one of those people."

However, a few chapters in, about the point where Cashman speaks of "leading authentically," I knew that there was something in this book original enough and, well, authentic enough, for me to benefit from and apply to the leadership roles I currently occupy.

This is a book in which you get what you give; that is, Cashman gives ample opportunities for the reader to stop and perform a task of some sort; whether it is to take an inventory of your strengths and weaknesses or goals, or take a moment to self-reflect, these exercises may prove helpful for you. Plus, Cashman mentions many resources for readers to gain more insight into certain leadership theories or programs, so again, that may be beneficial for some.

If, however, you view this book or the wisdom Cashman wishes to provide with skepticism, then there is not much this book can provide. I felt the same as these skeptics, and certainly, some of the exercises he asks of the reader were not for me, and I feel Cashman would be okay with that. However, there is something here for you too, I am sure.
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This book explores seven areas for mastery for leadership from the inside out. These are: personal, purpose, interpersonal, change, resilience, being, and action mastery. The essence of the book is that becoming a leader involves a continuous process of authentic personal transformation. A chapter is devoted to each of the seven areas of mastery, with clear and concise insights, stimulating questions, and many great quotations. Each chapter ends with a leadership growth plan. The book is based on extensive experience and research. This a very valuable contribution to the field of leadership and stimulates deep reflection and self-awareness. Highly recommended.
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This book is absolutely AMAZING! I purchased it because I needed a book about leadership for one of my classes and it looked like a quick read... I was right about it being a quick read but I keep finding myself rereading, and underlining in it! I am learning so much and can't put it down! I honestly I was going to relate to it (as a 20 year old college student) but I really am and have suggested it to over 10 people already. BUT THIS BOOK! It will change your thinking and your leadership style! :)
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Especially like books that have you focusing on yourself rather than cry about how bad everyone else is. Great ideas on how to get focused and how to develop character in order to become a good leader.
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This was required reading for a course on leadership I was taking. I found this to be a great guide on finding balance with your internal beliefs and your external ego. This book utilizes 'metaphysical' and 'spiritual' techniques without losing its tangible lessons on leadership. Cashman really has a good way of humbling the C- level executive and rebuilding a being that illustrates leadership in all walks of life. This book redefines what it means to be a leader from the role of executor to an inspirational being that can have immediate impact and longterm influence on an organization.

I definitely recommend reading Leadership From The Inside Out if you are seeking personal and/or professional improve or are looking for ideas to encourage your staff. I also recommend this book for spiritual leaders who are interested in exploring ways of grounding their leadership role with skills and steps to improve your business.
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