Becoming a Genuine Leader: Succeed with Integrity by Exploring Your Past

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Are politics your biggest stressor at work? Becoming a Genuine Leader will help you develop the skills and self-awareness to navigate the challenges of your work culture with integrity at your core.

Most of us don't intend to operate with greed, cynicism, dishonesty, or passive aggression. Often we don't even realize that we are acting out. Other times we feel driven to these things by others' equally unsavory behaviors. But to become a truly impactful leader, we must get in touch with our authenticity and apply our power and privilege to engender positive cultural values.

Just as our success at work can come from strengths our families have nurtured in us, all too often these assets can be eclipsed by the dysfunctional behaviors also born from our past. In Becoming a Genuine Leader, Marilyn Mason teaches us how to lead from within by understanding our past and changing the behaviors and communication styles that have compromised our integrity. She reveals that when we honestly look into our family culture and understand the impact of denying or hiding emotions, essential changes in how we manage and work with colleagues will take place. As personal insight results in more open interaction and cooperation, both rising and established leaders can see a work environment come alive with greater trust and creativity.

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President of Mason & Associates, LLC, and former University of Minnesota faculty member, Marilyn Mason is an internationally recognized consultant and speaker on executive leadership development and coaching. Her prior books include "Facing Shame, Making Our Lives Our Own (Harper), and Seven Mountains: The Inner Climb to Commitment (Dutton)."

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Marilyn Mason’s brilliant book Becoming a Genuine Leader will empower you. Starting by digging deeply into your life story and family history, she enables you to avoid derailing behaviors in order to flourish as your authentic self. I have learned a great deal from Marilyn, and so will you if you explore her wisdom and follow her counsel. You’ll be very glad you did.”
--Bill George, professor at Harvard Business School and former chair and CEO of Medtronic

"This book is filled with enormous empathy, heart-felt humanity, and deep wisdom. If you aspire to authentic leadership you need to read--and heed--this book."
--Alan M. Webber co-founder, Fast Company magazine

If you are like me, you are always trying to get better at what you do--a better parent, a better spouse, a better leader. We read books, listen to webcasts, and go to seminars looking for authentic’ solutions. You need to read Dr. Mason’s book, as it gets to the heart of leadership and has real-life stories we can all learn from on our journey. I am honored to be included in Becoming a Genuine Leader and look forward to putting the insights I gain into practice. We are all learners, and we strive to achieve our highest calling and purpose; the more we learn, the better we lead, and this is a resource for success in all you do.”
--Jesse Fink, cofounder of Priceline.com, impact investor, and chairman of MissionPoint Capital Partners

This is the rare, sanity-saving book on leadership we’ve all been waiting for--and the one that the world needs most. Beyond teaching us how to create a winning organization, Dr. Mason shows us how to create a winning self that we can bring to all our relationships. The moving and memorable stories alone are worth the price of admission, and Mason’s visionary energy offers a timely guide to authentic leadership and a moral future. If you read just one book to become a great leader, make it this one.”
--Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules

Dr. Mason’s psychological insights are stunning. She illuminates the passage to authentic leadership.”
--Gail Sheehy, author of Passages

"Over a lifetime, Marilyn Mason has guided the great and small through the portals of personal discovery into wisdom and freedom. In this fascinating, readable, book she describes a path to genuine leadership.”
--Craig Barnes, author, lecturer, playwright and radio host

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