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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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  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Avista Press (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615342213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615342214
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 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: #1,837,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Keith Merron has delivered on what his subtitle promised: "The Heart and Soul of Remarkable Leadership." Most books and models about leadership examine the "doing" of leadership behaviors. This book examines the "being" of leadership from which all behaviors flow. No doubt the essence of leadership is from the inside out. If a person aspiring to leadership roles engages in behavior that is disconnected from their essence people will pick that up, not be truly inspired and will not likely be inclined to follow. In this book Dr. Merron examines what's at the core of effective leaders. Words like character, judgment, essence, integrity, trust come to mind as I think about the people he profiles and the wisdom he shares. In my work teaching communication skills I say that you can master technique but people will see through it unless you care. So it is with leadership. People will not follow unless you care and this book gets to the heart of what caring folks model as leaders. Buy this book and enjoy the real wisdom of its pages.
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Dr. Keith Merron has used his personal experience as a management consultant to describe what makes an excellent leader. In the corporate world, as a consulting psychologist to executives, I've observed that there are many leaders, but few embody their values.

Dr. Merron has gone past the game-face of leadership: the cultural hypnosis that our leaders must have the celebrity of a Donald Trump, the techo-smarts of a Mark Zuckerberg, or the marketing sense of a Steve Jobs. The people to be admired and aspire to are the ones he writes about in The Golden Flame.

The best part for me was that Dr. Merron used the first person voice, so the book felt much like a docu-memoir of his work as he traveled through the corporate and non-profit world, and he made it a worthy search.

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