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The Ascent of a Leader : How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence

Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol and Ken McElrath

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Format: Hardcover, 224pp.
ISBN: 9780787947668
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers
Pub. Date: October 1999

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Though "character" is a current buzzword in leadership circles, most books on the subject address only the "what" and the "why" of character. This book takes a deep and engaging look at the "how" of character development. The Ascent Of A Leader guides leaders in all sectors through a conscious, proactive, of important relationships that enable character to win out despite setbacks, adversity and temptations.

History's most admired leaders were people of character. Though many try to attain these leaders' greatness by developing their skills or mimicking their personal traits, it can't be done--because character is not what you do, it's who you are. The Ascent of a Leader demonstrates why character must be included in the definition of a "successful" leader. Character leverages the competencies and protects the legacy of the leader.


"The Ascent of a Leader is a beautifully honest, deeply caring, and positively uplifting book. Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath show us with their compelling stories and inspiring message how magic happens when leaders of character nurture an environment filled with grace. This book embraces you, and once you've read it you won't ever forget it. In a world filled with so much cynicism and fear, this is one book that definitely will fill your heart and soul with hope and joy."

—im Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and Encouraging the Heart; chairman, Tom Peters Group/Learning Systems

"The Ascent of a Leader reiterates a truth that is timeless: "No man is an island." Through well-chosen parables and real-life examples, Thrall, McNicol, and McElrath offer valuable lessons in interdependence and show us how to engender 'trust, creativity, and hope'--in ourselves and others."
—Jon Kyl, U.S. Senator from Arizona

"The Ascent of a Leader fits in the fine lineage of Greenleaf's Servant Leadership and De Pree's Leadership Is an Art. A must-read for leaders who know and leaders who wonder about a deeper foundation and a higher pinnacle. Transcendent, transparent,and authentic."
—Daryl C. F. Wilson, general manager manufacturing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc.


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Bill Thrall A former church leader and staff elder, Bill Thrall serves as leadership mentor for Leadership Catalyst, Inc. (LCI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to igniting character development in current and emerging leaders. Bruce McNicol brings international experience in coaching leaders and serves as LCI's president. Ken McElrath is director of marketing and product development of LCI.

Table of Contents
List of Figures
Foreword Ken Blanchard
1. A Different Ladder to Success
2. Big Leaders on Short Ladders
3. Creating Environments That Uphold and Empower Us
4. Nurturing Relationships That Ground and Sustain Us
5. The First Rung: Stepping Up Through an Act of Trust
6. The Second Rung: Choosing Vulnerability
7. The Third Rung: Aligning with Truth
8. The Fourth Rung: Paying the Price
9. Chutes and Leaders: Stories from the Fourth Rung
10.The Fifth Rung: Discovering Your Destiny
11.Keeping Your Balance: Seven Challenges of the Fifth Rung
12. Becoming the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow
The Authors
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