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The Source of Leadership

The Source of Leadership
Eight Drivers of the High-Impact Leader



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About the Book

Leadership is failing in many forums and failing at an increasing rate as technology accelerates and complicates our existence. Inside, you’ll discover the keys – the source – to embodying and performing the well known but highly elusive traits and functions, respectively, of the high-impact leader. You’ll learn how to develop eight personal drivers, energies deep within, each of which drives several of the traits and functions of the high-impact effective leader:
  • Presence,
  • Clarity of thought, emotion, and behavior
  • Openness
  • Intention
  • Personal responsibility
  • Intuition
  • Creativity
  • Connected communication

With the burgeoning trend toward seeking a deeper grounding personally as a means of performing better professionally, The Source of Leadership is the early "defining voice" of this new leadership discipline. (See


David Traversi (Author)
David M. Traversi is the founder of 2020 Growth Partners, LLC, which offers executive coaching, strategic advisory, merchant banking, and leadership development services to executives and companies across the United States. He has worked as a trial... Read more

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Michael Gerber (Foreword by)

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Traversi has written a bold, innovative book in which he practices what he preaches. Business books often have an issues/actions structure, illustrated with case studies. The case studies in The Source of Leadership are excellent, but the best are those where Traversi frankly describes the issues he identified in his own personal management style and how he applied the eight drivers to positive effect. The result is an illuminating set of guidelines for any leader.
—Jerry Weissman, author of the international best-sellers Presenting to Win and In the Line of Fire and president of Power Presentations, Ltd., a communications consultancy

As an executive search professional who has placed CEOs for thirty-five years, I weed out wannabes from real leaders on a daily basis. Leadership is three things: creating a culture, creating a plan, and hiring a team to execute. Traversi articulates this and the finer points of leadership very well. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to fine tune his or her leadership skills.
—Vito Bialla, CEO and founder of Bialla & Associates, Inc., executive search consultants in Sausalito, CA

This is a must-read for any executive interested in succeeding in the future. Traversi has clearly articulated a new paradigm of the leadership model. This how-to book is both instructional and provocative.
—J. Michael Chu, founder and managing Partner of Catterton Partners in Greenwich, CT, a $2 billion private equity firm focused on investing in fast growing, middle-market consumer companies.

This book is the leader's ideal antidote for a world that is getting more complex and faster by the minute. Now and in the future, the extraordinary leader is going to have to be grounded in reality, highly aware, and able to access powers deep within. The Source of Leadership is an excellent roadmap to that kind of leadership.
—Stephen M. Ross, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of RELATED

Traversi understands, on a deep level, that everything is connected. He understands that until a leader achieves personal empowerment and fulfillment he cannot become a high-impact leader. At a time when the business and professional world—and our country—is in dire need of excellence and integrity in leadership, Traversi has written a powerful guide to help transform ordinary leaders into extraordinary ones. I strongly recommend The Source of Leadership to anyone who wants to learn how to lead by example.
—Beverly Engel, MFT, best-selling author of numerous books including Honor Your Anger and The Power of Apology

With the current state of affairs in world relations, politics, business, religion, and even the family, a new leadership paradigm is imperative. Traditional approaches to leadership just aren’t moving the needle. The Source of Leadership is a powerful outline of a new model of leadership that leaders and aspiring leaders can ignore only at their peril. Compelling, enjoyable, and timely!
—Carl W. Stratton, founder and president of Carlton Services, LLC

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