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Summary:

The key to being a great leader isn’t luck or being gifted, highly educated, or unusually driven. The key to being a great leader is behavior. Great leaders behave in great ways. In Leading: The Way—Behaviors That Drive Success, author Paulette Ashlin teaches you how to adapt your behavior to appropriate situations, which will inspire people to listen to you, to believe in you, and to follow your lead.

A worldwide leadership and business coach, Ashlin shares behavior-based strategies to transform your leadership style and attain professional success. Leading: The Way discusses how knowing your strengths and weaknesses is not enough; you need to understand how to behave your way into your aspired roles. It highlights the general principles of effective leadership that revolve around the core concepts of selfawareness, self-control, humility, integrity, empathy, global intelligence, personal stewardship, and performance.

Using personal anecdotes drawn from her coaching experiences, Ashlin offers guidance on how to become a leader and remain a leader. She emphasizes the importance of responding to, changing, and improving your behavior to become the best you can be.

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Research based yet highly practical, Leading: The Way shows you how to transform your leadership style; communicate effectively up, down, and across; boost employee engagement; and exemplify vision and purpose. Get the complete picture of what’s working, what’s not working, and what you can do to improve from Paulette Ashlin’s straightforward, behavior-based strategies! A terrific resource!

—Marshall Goldsmith
world-renowned executive coach and New York Times best-selling author of Triggers, MOJO, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Paulette Ashlin has leveraged her unique cultural upbringing and extensive business experience to write an outstanding book on leadership. She has woven decades of rigorous analysis with personal-best leadership stories to create a thorough yet easy-to-follow source for leadership development. Leading: The Way is a must-read whether you are an experienced executive looking to enhance your leadership skills or are a new manager embarking on your first significant leadership challenge.

—Geoffrey A. Peters
President and CEO of Wikoff Color Corporation

If you are a leader who wants to change, is able to change, and understands that changing behavior is a process, as stated by Paulette Ashlin, then her new book Leading: The Way is a must read. Paulette’s fresh take on leading is inspirational and something to be enjoyed by all.

—Kristin Malbasa
Vice President of Human Resources, MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions

Leading: The Way is the most clear, practical, and actionable business book I’ve ever read. Ms. Ashlin serves up the critical concepts of leadership in simple, bite-sized portions and brings each into razor-sharp focus using real world examples – people and personalities we’ve all encountered in the workplace. Superb! Essential reading for anyone in business.

—Preston Fay
Founder, Technekes

In Leading: The Way Paulette Ashlin effectively applies her experience from the board room to the manufacturing floor to give insight into the dynamics of how the real workplace functions. This guidance for improving business leaders is both inspired and practical coaching that’s certain to improve skills in any business environment.

—John M. Schultz
General Manager, Carmel Country Club

Leading: The Way is a must-read for anyone aspiring to, or already in, a leadership position in the modern corporate world. Leading: The Way’s behavioral approach through self-assessment, empathy, vision, and followership in the context of global awareness has transformed my leadership abilities and will most certainly enhance yours.

—David A. Iannitti, MD, FACS
chief of Hepatic Pancreatic Biliary Surgery, program director of HPB Surgery Fellowship, and professor of surgery at Carolinas HealthCare System

Leading: The Way reflects Paulette Ashlin’s coaching style. It is a pragmatic, strategic, and realistic method to leadership success. The behavioral approach fills a gap in leadership development and builds upon competency and strengths models

—Cathy Burns
President, Produce Marketing Association

Leadership retreats are a common practice for companies to invest in the growth of their leaders. Reading this book made me feel I went offsite to learn. The breadth of topics and depth of the insight was absorbing and transformative.

—Dr. Izzy Justice
Chief Talent Officer, Premier Inc, Author, Epowerment, Triathlete EQ

If you are a leader who wants to change, is able to change, and understands that changing behavior is a process, as stated by Paulette Ashlin, then her new book Leading: The Way is a must read. Paulette’s fresh take on leading is inspirational and something to be enjoyed by all.

—Kristin Malbasa
Vice President of Human Resources, MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions

This book is a deeply personal account of Paulette Ashlin’s views on leadership, illustrated with relevant stories drawn from her successful coaching practice. Bottom line, it is a very accessible, behavioral approach to the challenging issues of effective leadership.

—John E. Kello, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Davidson College

Paulette Ashlin has used her vast experience and knowledge to build a new road for leaders to travel if they are serious about making themselves and the organizations they serve achieve greater success. This book should be read by all who lead or aspire to.

—Harry L. Jones, Sr.
County Manager (Retired), Mecklenburg County (NC)