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Leadership from the Inside Out: Becoming a Leader for Life

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  318 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Takes on a whole-person approach to leadership that is multidimensional and interdisciplinary.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 25th 1999 by Executive Excellence Publishing (first published September 1st 1998)
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Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I often bemoan the vapidity of leadership literature which treats 'leadership' as a silver bullet which cures whatever ails any organization. Nevertheless the genre of business leadership has two sorts of books which have some important things to say:

1. Books which address managerial systems, administration, systemic approaches
2. leadership as personal development.

This book is very much the second sort of book, which is a sort of Self-help for the Corporate soul approach. Cashman proposes that t
Mark Wilkerson
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leadership from the Inside Out is a book I was expected to read for a Graduate-level class on Educational Leadership. After the first few pages, I was turned off by the "meta-talk;" I am naturally weary of self-help gurus who name drop celebrities who they have helped to transform the lives of, and I was quick to dismiss Cashman as "one of those people."

However, a few chapters in, about the point where Cashman speaks of "leading authentically," I knew that there was something in this book origi
Tom Jenckes
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic
I searched for a book to use in my Business leadership class at Argosy University. This book met my every need. The dean was very impressed with my find. The students in my class were really turned on by this book. I recommend it highly!
Mark Manderson
Very basic info but still grabbed some nuggets.
There is only one true failure in life and that's not believing in oneself.
If you are irritated with every rub then how will your mirror get polished. - Rumi 
Rand Hall
Mar 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, dear. What a load of navel-gazing New Age hooey.
Sep 23, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Textbook for Lee Ann's Emmanuel OB class
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
I'm so used to Leadership books and their cosmetic approach that this one caught me off guard. Instead of the typical worn-out American mantra of "7 steps to Awesome", this author actually contends that Leadership is a by-product of a healthy inner world. Where one's individual relationship with their own internal demons matters more than all the "Power Habits" one develops. He argues that true leaders source of strength and influence comes from their integration of all aspects of themselves. We ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a quick read, but it's a valuable read. This is one of those leadership manuals/workbooks that would be really great to do in a small group or with a mentor to guide you along the way and to talk about all the parts. I didn't do the lists, writing everything down, but read for concepts/ideas. I did however, copy (shhhh) some of the pages as I would like to write through them, ponder them, and discuss with friends as I learn and grow. This book is a definite must read for those either ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Every time I leaf through this book I find more gems. Great for taking stock of oneself and deciding on new avenues for personal and professional growth. Cashman presents seven “pathways” that offer leadership development for individuals. They include Personal Mastery, Purpose Mastery, Change Mastery, Interpersonal Mastery, Being Mastery, Balance Mastery and Action Mastery.

Rather than relying on “action-able checklists” and to-do’s, Cashman believes that only by knowing ourselves through honest
Arun Mahendrakar
I'm not sure if this book is only for the CEO's and other top-level management people. This book is for anyone how is looking at leadership skills at any level. Also, pretty much anyone who wants to develop his personality should read this book.

I have now started to look at my 'shadow beliefs' to improve myself.

"Try not to become a man of success. Try to become a man of value." - from the book.
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