The Self-Aware Leader

In October, my company was fortunate enough to host a lecture and book signing for Atlanta-area learning and development professionals. Dan Gallagher – author, learning executive, and leader – discussed his most recent book The Self-Aware Leader (ASTD, 2012).  We’ve all read plenty of leadership books but this book has a handful of interesting unique and valuable edges worth noting.

The Book

During Dan’s talk, we learned about the extensive research that went into this book before the first word was ever written. The Self-Aware Leader is not based on gut-instinct, but instead is based on real data and analysis. The research studies the specific patterns middle managers encounter – which are traps and which are proven drivers of success.

The Self-Aware Leader provides a model for becoming more self-aware within the context of your managerial and leadership practices will benefit you, your career, and your organization. It offers prescriptive insights on the four behaviors about which you need to grow self-awareness:

  1. an above average network and support system,
  2. a proficiency in critical and systems thinking,
  3. a savvy perspective of the political landscape, and
  4. a courageous drive for magis (more for the good of others).

I am just starting to read the book, but from what I understand so far, it is going to guide me through a journey of self-awareness and reinvention to help me reach higher levels of accomplishment personally and professionally.

The Author

Dan Gallagher has fifteen years of experience in leadership and organizational development roles with organizations such as Comcast, Commerce Bank, Hay Group, Cahners Publishing, and Saint Joseph’s University. Since 2000, Dan has worked at Comcast and is now the Vice President of Learning and Development. In this role he is responsible for the training strategy and resource optimization for business units totaling 30,000 employees.

The Event

The evening was a great chance for TrainingPros to offer our consultants and clients a chance to mingle, socialize, learn, and help a great charity (Dan has committed all proceeds of the book to City Year). I thoroughly enjoyed the social aspects of the meeting as well as the learning that took place. I hope we can host another event such as this very soon.

To learn more about Dan’s book, visit his website.

Leigh Anne Lankford is an instructional designer with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of HRD. She is a Relationship Manager for TrainingPros in Atlanta, working closely with training and development departments of large organizations to identify, attract, and on-board contract employees for very specific and specialized training and development needs. You can reach Leigh Anne at leighanne.lankford@training-pros.com. 

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2 Responses to “The Self-Aware Leader”
  1. Darlene Carter says:

    The Self Aware Leader lecture and book signing was eye opening and very informative! I found myself in many of the examples provided but more importantly, received insight on coping with the demands of leadership . Not to mention, the netoworking and opportunity to obtain a well written reference book and the proceeds from which went to City Year…a very worthy cause.

    Thanks to Training Pros for hosting such an inspiring event!

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