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Become the leader people are proud to follow by opening yourself to the influences that develop character: Anduring relationships with friAnds, family, and God.Solidly based on Christian values, this practical, visionary, and hope-filled book guides readers through a step-by-step process for developing both personal character and the network of important relationships that enable character to win out, even in the face of setbacks, adversity, and temptations to take short cuts. Leadership is about character, the authors assert, and character weaves values like integrity, honesty, and selfless service into the fabric of our lives, organizations, and cultures. The Ascent of a Leader is written for ordinary people-mothers, husbands, bosses, secretaries, pastors, teachers, and students-who want to develop extraordinary character, find and follow God's plan for their lives, and lead others where they need to go. We all have innate leadership potential. To maximize it, we must do much more than develop performance-based skills, the authors assert. We must consciously choose who and what we allow to influence us, find and develop our humility, and build Anduring relationships with colleagues, family, friAnds, and God. They offer engaging real-life examples to show how we can grow into our true potential as leaders and inspire us to "make a difference in the 21st century-in our families, our communities, our companies, our government, and even our world."

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As co-founder of Trueface in 1995, Bill’s wisdom has been penned throughout The Cure, The Ascent of a Leader, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, and High Trust Cultures.

Bill’s gifts and experience also shine as he helps leaders establish trust in all their key relationships and nurtures grace-based environments. CEO’s of international companies to heads of mission organizations and universities have repeatedly discovered a life-long gratitude for spending time with Bill.

Prior to joining Trueface, Bill founded and pastored the influential faith-community, Open Door Fellowship, for over 20 years. While there he developed an effective character development training program, which nurtured visionaries such as Kit Danley, founder of Neighborhood Ministries.

In his spare time, Bill can be found fishing, golfing, crafting furniture for his family in his woodshop, and cultivating fruits, herbs, and vegetables in his fertile backyard garden. Bill and his wife, Grace have three grown children, Wende married to Jim, Bill married to Charlotte, and Joy married to Joe, and nine grandchildren.

God has used the teaching wisdom, global vision, and business skills of co-founder and President, Dr. Bruce McNicol, to help Trueface offer break-through experiences of grace for many thousands around the world. Leaders in all spheres of influence have found God's lasting resolution for their life issues and key relationships as they have journeyed with Bruce. 

With degrees in finance law, theology, leadership and organizational development, Bruce’s gifting to write to diverse readers and leaders has proved true in the best-sellers he has co-authored: The Cure, The Ascent of a Leader, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, The Kingdom Life, and High Trust Cultures. Audiences in various countries continue discovering hope and freedom from Bruce's story-driven, biblically-anchored teaching.

Having lived in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Phoenix, Bruce has gained a variety of interests through the years, including international cultural trends and needs, music, hiking, reading, comedy, and sports. His constant interest is his wife Janet, who is a home-maker, nurse, and mentor. Bruce and Janet have received extensive tutoring from their three wonderful children and spouses, Nicole, married to Kory, with grandchildren Willo and Elliott; Chad married to Erica; and Ryan.

en is a serial entrepreneur, author, designer and photographer. He currently serves as CEO and President of Skuidify (www.skuidify.com) a company he founded to reinvent the user experience of enterprise applications. Previously, he founded Skoodat (www.skoodat.com) to help education leaders create flexible, sustainable, fully integrated IT solutions in the cloud. 

Earlier in his career, Ken founded Cazabba Inc., a creative and technology services firm, served as an associate professor of design, and led marketing and product management as a vice president for RetailersMarketXchange (RMX), a startup near San Francisco funded by Chevron, Oracle, Phillip Morris and McLane Company. He also spent seven years with MicroAge Inc., where he led marketing for the $1.2 billion systems integration division. 

Ken's fine art has been displayed in numerous shows. You can some of his work online at kenmcelrath.com. He currently serves on the board of The Art Factory in Kandern, Germany.

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For over 20 years the team at Trueface has been writing, speaking, consulting and dreaming about how to help leaders trust God and others with them. We are still doing that while we passionately grow the diversity of voices who are bringing this freedom to the world. 

With strong contributions from nearly a dozen men and women across three generations, this effort brings daily encouragement and application from the growing unity in diversity that grace can foster. To see more about the team on this book go to www.trueface.org

Trueface is a non-profit that works very hard to sustain through excellent services and products. We aim for a strong 50/50 model that pairs with your investments in this work. We would deeply appreciate your support and will continue our transparent practices held to that excellence by our ECFA membership for non-profit financial governance.

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Are you the kind of leader that others want to follow? Climbing the corporate, political, or organizational ladder is a driving passion for many of us. But too often during our ascent, we compromise our character to reach a performance goal, forgetting that lasting, positive influence depends on the kind of person we become, not simply on the titles, power, or wealth we've achieved. While many leaders work hard to develop performance-based skills, relatively few are intentional about developing character. In fact, many simply do not know how.

Solidly based on spiritual values, The Ascent of a Leader presents a process for developing character and influence in the context of community amid the kind of relationships and environment where character wins out, even in the face of setbacks and against the temptations to take shortcuts. Character is crucial, the authors assert, because it "empowers our capacities while keeping them in check. It makes the difference between those who abuse power and those who steward it well. It weaves values like integrity, honesty, and selfless service into the fabric of our lives, organizations, and cultures."

Written for ordinary people who want to develop extraordinary character and influence, this practical, visionary, and hope-filled book guides us up the "long ladder" to significance, as contrasted to the "short ladder" that most of us know. On the short ladder, we develop skills and abilities. But on the long ladder, success depends on character growth, nurtured in a community where people find fulfillment. If you want to find and follow God's plan for your life and lead others where they need to go, this book offers engaging real-life examples to show you how. You can grow into your true potential, becoming one of the leaders inspired to "make a difference in the twenty-first century in our families, our communities, our companies, our government, and even our world." It's time to create a legacy that will last. Embrace this call.

Become the Leader People Want to Follow

You can become a leader that people want to follow by opening yourself to the influences that develop character: enduring relationships with friends, family, and God. This compelling guide leads you through a process by which you can cultivate extraordinary character and influence in your home, your company, your community, and every other arena of your life.

"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."—Jim 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.

"Most leaders are familiar with and thrive on challenges and risks. The Ascent of a Leader deals with the greatest risks any of us can face: humility, transparency, and sacrifice. This book will challenge you in unique ways and help you view your calling with a new perspective."—Jack Alexander, CEO, WorldTravel Partners


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