Awakening the Leader Within: A Story of Transformation
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Kevin Cashman, one of the world's leading executive coaches, takes readers on a transformative journey to a new way of leading and a new way of living

"Once you start reading Awakening the Leader Within, you won't set it down. Cashman doesn't let you off the hook until you contemplate how you will live your life differently."
—Tom Debrowski, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Mattel, Inc.

Awakening the Leader Within guides readers through the Six Seeds of Growth, which Cashman has used to help thousands of business leaders change their personal and work lives for the better. He draws on his renowned executive coaching techniques in order to lead the reader on a path to self-discovery and personal betterment. Based on the premise that you need to grow the person in order to grow the leader, this inspirational and interactive story centers on Benson Quinn, a CEO facing a deluge of personal and professional crises. As Quinn confronts the defining moments of his life, the reader learns valuable lessons about authentic and purposeful leadership, applicable at home as well as in the boardroom. At a time when issues of business ethics crowd the headlines-causing many leaders to question whether profit should be a leader's only goal-the practical applications of this book are more timely than ever. Awakening the Leader Within has been endorsed by more than thirty CEOs, thought leaders, and bestselling authors.

Kevin Cashman (Minneapolis, MN) is the founder of LeaderSource, the nation's premier executive coaching consultancy. He has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Harvard Management Update, and Human Resource Executive. He has also been a contributing editor to Executive Excellence magazine.


Kevin Cashman is Founder and CEO of LeaderSource, an international leadership development and executive coaching consultancy with offices across the U.S. For more than twenty years, he and his organization have coached thousands of executives and teams to enhance performance. His clients span a variety of Fortune 500 and fast-growth companies in the consumer products, healthcare, medical products, high technology, manufacturing, service, and food industries.
Cashman is author of Leadership from the Inside Out, the #1 bestselling business book of 2000 and named one of the top twenty bestselling business books of the decade by CEO-READ. He is a contributing editor to Executive Excellence magazine and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Human Resource Executive, Fast Company, Strategy and Leadership, Oprah, CNN, and other media.
A believer in dynamic life balance, he has participated in more than fifty triathlons and has practiced and taught meditation for over four decades.
He lives in Minneapolis on the Mississippi riverfront overlooking the historic St. Anthony Falls.


The Journey to Awakening Starts Here . . . .

One: Executive Suite.

Two: Our Family . . . Our Town.

Three: The Call of Awakening.

Four: The End of the Fairy Tale.

Five Waiting for Awakening.

Six: Dawn in the Garden.

Seven: Awakening to Legacy.

Eight: First Crossroads: Old Road or New Road?

Nine: Awakening to Purpose.

Ten: Renewing a Vital Partnership.

Eleven: The Strength of Vulnerability.

Twelve: Awakening to Authenticity.

Thirteen: Always Connected.

Fourteen: Awakening to Essence.

Fifteen: The Blossoming Bud.

Sixteen: A Day of Decisions.

Seventeen: Heart to Heart.

Eighteen: Piercing the Veil.

Nineteen: Walking the Talk . . . with Baby Steps.

Twenty: Awakening Together.

Twenty-one: Facing the Demons of Doubt.

Twenty-two: Passing on the Torch.

Twenty-three: Gardener of Souls.

Twenty-four: Purposeful Vision.

Twenty-five: “Remember the Seeds. . . .”.

Twenty-six: The New Gardener Begins His Work.

Growth Guide: Awakening the Leader Within.

About the Author.

About LeaderSource® .

Bibliography and Recommended Reading.



“Cashman has written his masterpiece.” (Change Management Monitor, May 2004)

“…This text is both a novel and a practical guide on how to become a much better leader, and even possibly a better person…” (Human Resources, April 2003)