Leadership from the Inside Out

Cashman, Kevin. Leadership from the Inside Out: Becoming a Leader for Life. Second Edition. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2008.

The best way to take action for ourselves is through coaching. For self-coaching or coaching others to have a lasting, transformative impact, three interrelated pathways need to merge: Awareness, Commitment, and Practice. If all three are present and operating, breakthroughs will occur and growth will be sustained. If any one of the three is absent, the results will dissipate over time.

He indulged himself in the self-exploration. He listened to the feedback and looked for ways to understand and to apply the information to his career, team, and life. He explored deeply his core meaning and purpose. He projected a new vision for a more authentic life and for more authentic leadership, one that was congruent with his real values. He began to read and reflect more. He shared his insights with others. He began to open up with people at work. He began to admit his strengths and weaknesses to others. He began to ask for their help and to value their contributions. He stayed the course. …