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The Source of Leadership: Eight Drivers of the High-Impact Leader Hardcover – September 1, 2007

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Traversi has written a bold, innovative book in which he practices what he preaches. Business books often have an issues/actions structure, illustrated with case studies. The case studies in The Source of Leadership are excellent, but the best are those where Traversi frankly describes the issues he identified in his own personal management style and how he applied the eight drivers to positive effect. The result is an illuminating set of guidelines for any leader.
—Jerry Weissman, author of the international best-sellers Presenting to Win and In the Line of Fire and president of Power Presentations, Ltd., a communications consultancy

As an executive search professional who has placed CEOs for thirty-five years, I weed out wannabes from real leaders on a daily basis. Leadership is three things: creating a culture, creating a plan, and hiring a team to execute. Traversi articulates this and the finer points of leadership very well. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to fine tune his or her leadership skills.
—Vito Bialla, CEO and founder of Bialla & Associates, Inc., executive search consultants in Sausalito, CA

This is a must-read for any executive interested in succeeding in the future. Traversi has clearly articulated a new paradigm of the leadership model. This how-to book is both instructional and provocative.
—J. Michael Chu, founder and managing Partner of Catterton Partners in Greenwich, CT, a $2 billion private equity firm focused on investing in fast growing, middle-market consumer companies.

This book is the leader's ideal antidote for a world that is getting more complex and faster by the minute. Now and in the future, the extraordinary leader is going to have to be grounded in reality, highly aware, and able to access powers deep within. The Source of Leadership is an excellent roadmap to that kind of leadership.
—Stephen M. Ross, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of RELATED

Traversi understands, on a deep level, that everything is connected. He understands that until a leader achieves personal empowerment and fulfillment he cannot become a high-impact leader. At a time when the business and professional world—and our country—is in dire need of excellence and integrity in leadership, Traversi has written a powerful guide to help transform ordinary leaders into extraordinary ones. I strongly recommend The Source of Leadership to anyone who wants to learn how to lead by example.
—Beverly Engel, MFT, best-selling author of numerous books including Honor Your Anger and The Power of Apology

With the current state of affairs in world relations, politics, business, religion, and even the family, a new leadership paradigm is imperative. Traditional approaches to leadership just aren’t moving the needle. The Source of Leadership is a powerful outline of a new model of leadership that leaders and aspiring leaders can ignore only at their peril. Compelling, enjoyable, and timely!
—Carl W. Stratton, founder and president of Carlton Services, LLC

From the Publisher

In this pivotal book, business leader David Traversi examines the eight drivers common to all great leaders and offers advice on how readers can cultivate these powerful predictors of success and influence in their own professional lives.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245082
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an executive coach, strategic advisor, speaker and author (The Source of Leadership: Eight Drivers of the High-Impact Leader (2007)), investor, artist, and entrepreneur. I have been a trial lawyer, investment banker, corporate CEO and CFO, and a few other things.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Sadler on September 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Source of Leadership is the first book on leadership that I have read that goes far beyond the traditional leadership theory books that provide lists of character traits, and the varoius identified styles and leadership types.

David Traversi identifies the state of leadership in today's society and then proceeds to show the reader how to incorporate the 8 drivers into his/her life to enable not just leadership ability, but to begin having a more satisfying and rewarding life.

To help in the "how to" journey, he provides tools, dashboards,and checklists to better explain and identify the areas of focus the reader determines he/she needs to work on towards reaching the overarching goals of being more content, accountable, present, and credible. By working through the exercises and activities in the book, the reader will emerge with many of the abilities and traits associated with effective leaders.

Finally, the book debunks the old generalization that leaders are born and not made. Almost anyone with the desire and drive to improve himself/herself through introspection and focus can employ the techniques offered up in this book and successfully develop into a leader in any setting.

The Source of Leadership is a wonderful "how to" practical on leadership and well worth the read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There's a lot of solid content and solid advice in this book for those who want specific advice on being more effective as a leader. Readers who are uncomfortable with new-age references or practices, or the inclusion of politically correct examples, such as a lesbian couple raising adopted children, should probably look for another book on leadership.

Traversi uses his life experience, both successes and failures, as well as those of others he knows personally to illustrate how his Leadership Dashboard can be used to achieve results both organizationally and personally. In each of the eight major chapters he describes a dominant driver and then shows how the driver impacts both the eleven character traits of a leader and the eight functions of a leader.

It's interesting that he derives his character traits and functions from what he refers to as "traditional leadership" literature such as "The Leadership Challenge," "Built to Last," "Good to Great," and "Servant Leadership," and as he says in his book, "almost anything written by Peter Drucker, John Gardner, Max DePree, Warren Bennis, Margaret Wheatley, John Maxwell, and Jack Welch." He acknowledges that all of these people provide wonderful "what's," but asserts that none of these people ever provided "hows"in their writings. To me that's a stretch and a major weakness of the book. I'm sure that hundreds, if not thousands, of leaders would say that they became more effective leaders because of the teachings of these people - both what's and hows.

The book provides examples and how to's that people can apply and be more effective. There are practical exercises that can help implement the various principles that Traversi believes are important.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I received this book just after finishing up the book-DVD combination of Deepak Chopra's "The Seven Spirtual Laws of Success," and there is a very visible link in my mind between the two.

This book fills an important niche and is unique in its class. It communicates all the stuff that CEOs like me do not want to hear, that is so popular in ecotopia--squishy stuff like "be in harmony with nature," etc. The book also avoids, and I share the author's view, the "be a leader" p;ontifications that come out of the varied schools or from self-promoters. I liked so much of what I saw at first glance I took this one on immediately. See my list on Collective and Commercial Intelligence for Peace and Prosperity to understand why this author's message is such a perfect fit for the CEOs of our time, in the NOW but mindful of the future.

He is focused simultaneously on the complete failure across all leadership failures, but especially government, religion, and community, and on the importance of finding leadership to get to 2020 is decent shape.

He sets the context by pointing out that technology has reduced past advantages of CEOs, and that velocity and complexity, in the absence of what I call Commercial Intelligence (an order of magnitude improvement on "Competitive Intelligence"), are reducing leaders, even well-educated and well-intentioned leaders to hapless debris in the stream of reality.

It's about character. Each of the eight chapters start with a chart of what traditional leadership books emphasize, and ends with a chart showing the difference from this approach. A self and trusted other evaluation form ends the book.

1 PRESENCE. Be in the moment, use medication, gain new insights.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Grudzien on October 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Source of Leadership: Eight Drivers of the High-impact Leader
I loved this book and read it cover to cover in one sitting!
The principals and practices of leadership that David so clearly and explicity explains are very relevant to my life as a wife, mother and a productive member of my community and the world at large. I believe that if we all start using these practices the world would be a better place for everyone. This book would be a wonderful gift for any young person who is just starting to make their way in the world.
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