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"This is not a book you read once and take away a few key points and then fit in a few small changes as you continue on with your busy life. It's an owner's manual that should be consulted often, if for no other reason than to constantly remind you that you are a leader, not a passenger or a guest, that you have the power to drive your own life, inspire others, and find fulfillment in what you do each and every day."-- Phil Kumnick, Head of Global Acquirer Processing, Visa, Inc.

"The Best in Us is a systematic and thoughtful approach toward a new model of leadership that has the power to make a fundamental change for both an individual leader and those they lead. Cleve skillfully combines history, mythology, psychology, current events, and modern leadership thinking to engage the reader in a process whereby they may re-consider their own leadership values."-- Dr. Robert Kovach, Director, Cisco Center for Collaborative Leadership, Cisco Systems, Inc.

"The Best in Us is a creative and imaginative guide to a better understanding of the crucial potentials of leadership studies."-- James MacGregor Burns, Historian, Leadership Scholar and Pulitzer-Prize-winning Author of Roosevelt and the groundbreaking work, Leadership

"The Best in Us is a breakthrough book that shows leaders how to build companies by believing in themselves and their people . . . [It] reminds us that the greatest treasure within organizations is the potential within its people . . . People can be inspired to tap into their very best, and when this happens, magic happens. The paradox is that when people give their all, profits soar--beyond anyone's wildest dreams."-- Ryan C. Mack, President, Optimum Capital Management; Author, Living in the Village; On-Air Business Analyst for CNN, CNBC, BET

"If there is a grand unification theory for modern leadership, Cleve Stevens has just delivered it. In the four days it took me to read The Best in Us cover to cover I felt remade, rewired, renewed, and reinvigorated . . . A must read for entrepreneurs, founders, and corporate and community leaders."-- Dr. Safwan Shah, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business; Founder, Infonox, Inc.

If there is a grand unification theory for modern leadership, Cleve Stevens has just delivered it. In the four days it took me to read The Best in Us cover to cover I felt remade, rewired, renewed, and reinvigorated . . . A must read for entrepreneurs, founders, and corporate and community leaders. -- --Dr. Safwan Shah, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business; Founder, Infonox, Inc.

The Best in Us is a breakthrough book that shows leaders how to build companies by believing in themselves and their people . . . [It] reminds us that the greatest treasure within organizations is the potential within its people . . . People can be inspired to tap into their very best, and when this happens, magic happens. The paradox is that when people give their all, profits soar--beyond anyone's wildest dreams. -- --Ryan C. Mack, President, Optimum Capital Management; Author, Living in the Village; On-Air Business Analyst for CNN, CNBC, BET

This is not a book you read once and take away a few key points and then fit in a few small changes as you continue on with your busy life. It's an owner's manual that should be consulted often, if for no other reason than to constantly remind you that you are a leader, not a passenger or a guest, that you have the power to drive your own life, inspire others, and find fulfillment in what you do each and every day. -- --Phil Kumnick, Head of Global Acquirer Processing, Visa, Inc.

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As Cleve Stevens boldly asserts, it is our unexamined perspective on leadership, the organization, and business that has led us into our current economic mess. But there is hope for our future, and it comes from within, residing in the untapped talents of our people.


In The Best in Us, leadership expert and social ethicist Cleve W. Stevens, PhD, presents a radical new take on leadership that emphasizes human development over profit. When leaders understand their primary role as a catalytic agent in their people's personal and professional development, the organization is prepared to soar, no matter its size.


This new approach to leadership, called transforming integrative leadership, or simply transformative leadership, is outlined as an easy-to-use, highly effective step-by-step process. Stevens clearly shows what the new model organization looks like and how ideal growth is achieved.


Transformative leadership is the first step toward a healthy economy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1 edition (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825306841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825306846
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lucira Jane Nebelung on June 26, 2012
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In The Best of Us, Cleve Stevens has written a brilliant and profound book. By the way of full disclosure, I know Cleve. We connected a number of times over the past couple of years and I can see "fingerprints" of this in the book. This being said... it is evident that it is written from the wisdom of personal experience rather than academic research or observation. The book feels like we are in a direct conversation with Cleve and we get to know him as a person. The book is highly readable and fully engages at the human level.

While the content is focused on mastering what he calls Transformative Leadership (TL), this book is not just for people in leadership roles. It is a call for all of us to lead, not manage, our lives. As Cleve points out, most people in positions of authority are not true leaders. To be a transformative leader we must first transform ourselves and he skillfully shows us how to do this.

What I most appreciate about The Best of Us is that it did not reduce leadership to a list of characteristics or action steps but rather confronts each of us with the truth of what it means to be a leader, which means being the best we possibly can be. If you think you already are achieving your full potential, I strongly recommend that you read this book and you will know that you are not.

I also appreciate the ongoing and clear distinctions that Cleve makes throughout the book: leading vs managing; transactional vs transformational leading; option vs possibility; responsibility vs accountability; and team vs functional group to name a few.

Cleve clearly exemplifies the principles he is talking about through the way he shares the concepts and style in which he writes. It is straightforward that at times is "in our face" without any BS.
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Hugely derivative drivel. It's not to say that there are not some useful nuggets embedded, but you've probably seen them elsewhere. The real issue is that he forces the reader (and those who pony up for his corporate training) into the victim posture so that he can save them from themselves. It's a very self-serving approach meant to drive his business and does as much harm as good to some people.
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This book will shake up the business world and our core ideas about leadership, and in all the right ways. There's been a lot of talk and articles about how organizations need to connect with their people authentically, grow internal talent, and all that. Here is a book that gets real and specific about what transformative leadership really is, and how to live it and summon it from an organization's leaders. Many of Stevens' concepts have been touched on by others, but he sets forth disciplines of leadership and growth that are practical, accessible and compelling. I have started to employ key elements of this approach and the results with my team are very positive. If you think leadership must be about much more than profit and personal gain, and have any sense that the future belongs to leaders and organizations that re-imagine and "re-make" how they empower and serve their people, this book is a must read for you.
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The "Best In Us" is a powerful addition for students and individuals looking to understand and master true Transformative Leadership. It is at once very readable with wonderful and engaging examples of individuals applying each of the concepts presented. Dr Stevens has blended his unique and extensive knowledge of history, philosophy, psychology and science, as all of these relate to understanding and implementing his very simply explained, but powerful concepts of leadership and personal development. As a student of leadership I found the book both comprehensive and compelling, as Dr Stevens takes you step by step through both the concepts and the 'how-to steps of taking yourself on', as both an individual and a leader. Although simple and straight forward, it is clear that Dr Steven's approach is very challenging and requires a consistent commitment over time by the individual or leadership team, if it is to be fully implemented. Business leadership with all of its many problems today, desperately needs to adopt the leadership approach and values contained in this book.
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"The Best In Us" is a comprehensive guide to realizing the rewards of transformational leadership on many levels including business, family, personal, and spiritual. This book is important for anyone who understands that there is so much more to life than we typically acknowledge on a day-to-day basis. Cleve provides a no-nonsense, sequential approach for those who want to become truly intentional about improving the quality of their life. Every time I pick up "The Best In Us" I feel energized about bringing my true personal vision to reality. "The Best In Us" is also a great read...fast-paced, interesting, entertaining, fun. In "The Best In Us," Cleve provides the roadmap to a more meaningful, more successful, happier, and better life.
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