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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Avista Press (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615342213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615342214
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... extremely insightful, the best I've read on the subject ...” -- Bill Williams, former President, Pyxis, Inc.

"... doesn't follow the worn-out 5-step approach ... a must read for everyone on my executive team." -- James R. Pouliot, CEO, CSAA

"... captures the soul of those rare individuals who are remarkable leaders and shatters the stereotype of the charismatic leader." -- Paul Witkay, Founder of The CEO Alliance

About the Author

Keith Merron is the founder and Managing Partner of Avista Consulting Group, an organizational consulting and leadership development firm dedicated to helping organizations with bold visions achieve sustainable high performance and industry leadership. He has more than 25 years of experience assisting executives in business, government, and education. His work has positively impacted over 300 companies including Hewlett-Packard, Freddie Mac, AmeriGroup Corporation, MedCath, Wang Laboratories, General Public Utilities and many others. Keith received his doctorate from Harvard University.

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Dr. Keith Merron is the founder and Managing Partner of Avista Consulting Group, an organizational consulting and leadership development firm dedicated to helping organizations with bold visions achieve sustainable high performance and industry leadership. As an organization effectiveness and executive development consultant, he has more than 30 years of experience assisting executives and managers in business, government, and education. Dr. Keith Merron received his Doctorate from Harvard University in 1985, where his studies spanned the fields of human and organization development. He has conducted research on the relationships between human development, managerial effectiveness and high performance, and has published numerous professional journal articles. He is also the author of five books on human and organizational change.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lion Goodman on August 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Keith Merron has been an Organizational Development consultant for more than 20 years, working with senior executives at both large and small companies. He's seen leadership of every kind and type. With a sharp eye and eagle vision, he has identified the qualities that make leaders shine like lighthouse beacons. This isn't leadership-by-the-book or leadership-by-management-seminar, this is truly great leadership - the kind demonstrated by Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and the greatest business and non-profit leaders of our time. Merron's analysis is flawless, and he points to inner strengths and qualities, not outward behaviors, as the deep roots of this radiance. The book is hopeful: these qualities are inborn in all of us, they are the reflection of our truest self, and they can be further cultivated. This book will stimulate you to search out these virtues in yourself, allowing your own inner leader to shine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on August 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As someone involved for years in management and leadership development, I found Dr. Merron's book interesting, enlightening and unique among leadership books. Unlike other leadership books that offer "prescriptions for great leadership", Dr. Merron conducted primary research interviewing several company and non-profit leaders who were described by others as being great leaders (an excellent, much higher filter than what is normally used for leadership books). Sit in on the interviews as Keith takes you on a journey learning from these masters, along with a refreshingly introspective narrative where Keith considered his own leadership, which in turn, quite naturally had me considering mine. From these interviews, Merron distills core principles that great leaders possess - and certainly opened my eyes to accessing the power within - that golden flame -- associated with being a more authentic leader. I recommend this book highly.
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By Martha Borst on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
People know a real leader when they see one. They can sense it. They can feel it. They can "smell" it. What is the special ingredient that sets them apart from all the rest? It has nothing to do with command and control. It has everything to do with what's in this book. Dr. Merron uncovers the true "essence" of leadership by interviewing some of the most admired and successful leaders in business and shares his discoveries with us. Identifying, examining and understanding the very core and soul of leadership that is within all authentic leaders, is what sets this book apart from the other books that simply tell us what to do to become a leader. Dr. Merron suggests that although the action steps are important, the most critical and most ignored step of all is looking within at who and what is driving the doing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is committed to being not just a good leader, but a great one. It was easy and pleasant to read. It took a complicated subject and simplified it. It was enlightening.
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Dr. Merron's book on Remarkable Leadership is a beacon of light in a world where we desperately need leaders who are clear about who they are and what they believe in. Leaders who are committed to the path of self discovery and making a difference to others.

By interviewing specific leaders who were doing something unique or distinct within their industry; had significant responsibility for developing strategy and culture of their organisation; had distinguished themselves as path creators; and others found their leadership to be inspiring and empowering, we learn 'from the horse's mouth' what it takes to be a remarkable leader.

Dr. Merron shows that the core of greatness does not reside in behaviours, personality, or even characteristics that typically describe great leaders such as vision, courage and fierce resolve (even though I am sure they are helpful!).

Instead the leaders he interviews have developed three essential qualities that Iive deep within the soul of each of us...and can be cultivated! I highly recommend reading the book to find out more!!
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By CPIM Seeker on December 28, 2013
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This is a great book that makes you realise that leadership is about self discovery in first place. If you want to be a leader, you need to know yourself. Once achieved, you will unleash the infinite power of the leader within you.

I am the 8th reviewer with a full 5 star mark. Get the book without hesitation. You will not only enjoy it, but you will become a fan of this great man.
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