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Your Life is Your Message

Your Life is Your Message
Discovering the Core of Transformational Leadership

First Edition
  • Nancy Blair - Professor Emerita, Cardinal Stritch University, Wisconsin, USA
  • Mark Gesner - Executive Direcator, Hub for Innovation and Community Engaged Learning, Cardinal Stritch University, Wisconsin, USA

January 2020 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book is a call to adventure, an opportunity to live life to the fullest and a guide to discovering your own path towards transformational leadership.When Mahatma Gandhi was asked by a reporter to sum up his life’s work, he responded simply, ‘My life is my message’. This book invites you on a journey to illuminate your life’s message to empower and align it with the legacy you want to leave behind.This journey will mentor you through the experiences of the CEOs of Starbucks and Southwest Airlines who developed their leadership messages early in life, and community catalysts in Kenya and India whose sense of purpose propelled them to enhance the lives of those in poverty. Based on over 100 interviews with leaders from around the world who found their way to mission-driven lives, you are led on a path to determine your life's meaning along with the influence you hope to achieve. Beyond insights from the inspirational figures, this book provides a model and practical tools to prompt introspection and greater clarity about your desired life trajectory. While intended for emerging and accomplished leaders of businesses, organizations and communities, it rings true for anyone who is interested in finding the authentic and impactful leader within. Enter with curiosity and be inspired by the extraordinary stories of others. It’s a journey not to be taken lightly, but rather one that demands your full attention. You, and those you seek to influence, deserve no less.
Foreword by Howard Behar
Chapter 1: Knowing Your Story and Intent
The Most Important Story is Your Own


Chapter 2: Why You, Why Now?
Reversing Your Influence

If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?

Chapter 3: Finding Your Path to Presence
Observing and Practicing Presence

Selecting a Coach

Chapter 4: Initial Exploration
Defining Moment

Chapter 5: Your Who
Influences on Your Identity

Chapter 6: Your Why
Writing Your Mission Statement

Chapter 7: Your What
Picture How Your Mission Frames Your Vision

Chapter 8: Your How
SPEAKing for Yourself

Chapter 9: Re-crossing the Threshold
Your Personal Plan for Sustainability

Chapter 10: Discovering Home
Where I Belong

Appendix: Table of Leaders Interviewed

Go on this inspirational journey to find your best self and the legacy you want to leave behind. Every leader struggles with challenges, and Blair and Gesner provide practical, reflective strategies that call upon us to look inside ourselves to deepen our leadership. This is a life-changing must-read for anyone looking to find their sense of purpose and particularly valuable for those aspiring to create educational systems that will inspire a new generation of missiondriven teachers and students.

Dr Courtney Orzel,
Superintendent of Schools, Lemont SD113A, Lemont, Illinois

Delivered at just the right time, this book inspires leaders to move intentionally towards the clarity of mission-driven lives. Nancy Stanford Blair has generously shared her expertise guiding several generations of leaders in occupational therapy as a part of the AOTA Leadership Development Programs. Together, Blair and Gesner extend the wisdom of 100+ leaders across business, education, health care, non-profits and military who are successfully engaged in building sustainable leadership. Give yourself the gift of time to read this book and enrich your own leadership development. 

Ginny Stoffel, PhD,
American Occupational Therapy Association (Ex-President)

“Great Content, Numerous Personalities being Quoted, Very Apt Anecdotes, Easy to Understand Principles and Universal Application is how I would describe what the book ‘Your Life Is Your Message’ is all about…‘Your Life Is Your Message’ is a tremendous book. The book is highly readable, practical and encouraging. The broad research base that is utilized in the book add to its credibility.”

The Bookish Elf, 5 December 2019

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