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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

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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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Product Details

  • 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: #2,889,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mohammad 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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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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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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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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I have read many, many books on leadership. I've been in executive groups and met some incredible leaders. I can honestly say that none of these resources has encapsulated the key elements of powerful, soulful leadership as well as The Golden Flame.

I met Dr. Merron at a Society for Organizational Learning meeting and purchased the book from him. I should have had him sign it! Being in a discussion led by him was gripping and inspiring. But it inspired me to find myself, my purpose, not emulate him.

For anyone ready to find the leader within themselves (it's not an easy process) this book is a must read.
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