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The Leader You Want to Be

by Amy Jen Su

Business Lifestyle and Health

The Leader You Want to Be Synopsis

You can be the leader you want to be--today and every day.

Do you find yourself wishing you had more hours in the day? Do you want to do more, yet feel you just can't add another thing to your plate without being overwhelmed by stress or compromising your health, relationships, and integrity?

No doubt, as a leader, there are some days when you feel the flow. You're able to make a difference and achieve big goals. You feel confident and energized. On days like this, you are your best self--the leader you want to be. But on other days, you go down a different, negative path, with pressures and doubts making you feel like a lesser version of yourself.

How can you be the leader you want to be, every day? The answer is more than a time-management system or a silver-bullet solution for changing your routines. Leadership expert and coach Amy Jen Su's powerful new book helps readers discover that the answer lies within. By focusing in specific ways on five key leadership elements--Purpose, Process, People, Presence, and Peace--you can increase your time, capacity, energy, and ultimately your impact, with less stress and more equanimity.

Drawing on rich and instructive stories of clients, leaders, artists, and athletes, as well as on research by experts, the author brings together the best of both Western management thinking and Eastern philosophy to provide a holistic yet hands-on approach.

The Leader You Want to Be is your indispensable guide to tapping into and expanding your leadership capacity so that you can be your best, sustain yourself, and thrive as a leader.

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The Leader You Want to Be Press Reviews

The Leader You Want to Be is an excellent choice for leaders at all levels who are willing to assess themselves and take the necessary action to stimulate personal growth. It provides a comprehensive framework with useful exercises to further enhance your leadership growth.

-- TD magazine (Association for Talent Development)

Advance Praise for The Leader You Want to Be:

Amy Jen Su has done it again! With clear advice and practical tools, all dispensed in a nonjudgmental, forgiving voice, The Leader You Want to Be is the best guide I have read for helping leaders take a whole-person approach and understand how they can bring their best selves to life, both at work and at home.

-- Robert Musslewhite, Chairman and CEO, Advisory Board

Do you find yourself wondering how you can continue to function as your best self as your role gets larger and more complex? In The Leader You Want to Be, Amy Jen Su lays out an insightful and practical framework for managing the speed and demands of leadership today.

-- Kimberly R. Powell, coauthor, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller The CEO Next Door; Principal, ghSMART & Company

Amy Jen Su's helpful frameworks apply to the complicated issues we all grapple with as leaders. The Leader You Want to Be enables readers to show up as their best selves at work, at home, and as they go out into the world.

-- Jim Massey, Global Vice President, Global Sustainability, AstraZeneca

Amy Jen Su has created a simple yet holistic toolkit for helping leaders to tap into the best versions of themselves every day. This book is a must-read for anyone who is figuring out how to be professionally successful without sacrificing their sense of self.

-- Erin Bakst, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, Vox Media

Becoming the leader you want to be does not just happen by accident; it is a continual evolution that requires intentionality and focus. Amy Jen Su presents the fundamentals of leadership and development in a powerful, digestible way, providing a road map for every leader to truly become their best self.

-- Rob Alston, CEO, Access

The Leader You Want to Be is a practical and engaging encapsulation of what makes Amy Jen Su so special: an ability to incorporate the personal and the professional into one holistic strategy that pushes leaders to be more successful--and more fulfilled.

-- Betty Hung, Operating Principal, Vista Equity Partners

The Leader You Want to Be is teeming with tips, tactics, and best practices for managing your time, your emotions, and your workforce. It is a treasure trove of ideas that you can put to use in the instant.

-- David G. Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media

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ISBN: 9781633695917
Publication date: 22/10/2019
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781633695917
Publication date: 22nd October 2019
Author: Amy Jen Su
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Business, Lifestyle & Health,
Categories: Management: leadership & motivation,

About Amy Jen Su

Amy Jen Su is Managing Partner and cofounder of Paravis Partners, a premier executive coaching and leadership development firm. She is coauthor, with Muriel Maignan Wilkins, of the Washington Post bestseller Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and a frequent contributor on She holds a BA in psychology from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. You can find the author at:

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