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Actualized Leadership: Meeting Your Shadow & Maximizing Your Potential

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What motivates great leaders to be great?

Based on the works of Abraham Maslow, David McClelland, Carl Jung, and Carl Rogers, this groundbreaking book shows how actualized leaders think, feel, and manage differently and provides practical steps and strategies for developing a more actualized approach to leadership.

The first research-based book to operationalize Abraham Maslow's highly influential theory on human motivation for leaders, the book cites nine thinking, feeling, and acting traits common to self-actualized leaders and gives readers an opportunity to develop these traits in themselves as they work through a unique and free self-assessment tool called the Actualized Leader Profile. Features interviews with some of today's most respected and successful leaders including former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl, Novant Healthcare CEO Carl Armato, Ally Financial CEO Jeff Brown, and a foreword by Orlando Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford.

About the Author

Will Sparks is the Dennis Thompson Chair and Professor of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, Managing Partner with William L. Sparks & Associates, LLC, and a Partner with Peter Browning Partners, LLC.

Watch Will's TEDx Talk about the power of self-awareness.

Advance Praise for Actualized Leadership

"Actualized Leadership is the leadership book I've been waiting for. Sparks uncovers how a deep understanding of our motivation and experiences can help us reach our full potential as leaders and human beings." --Jonathan S. Halkyard, President and CEO, Extended Stay America

"Actualized Leadership will transform your leadership style and your life." --Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America

"Dr. Sparks delivers both, and he has written a book I recommend to anyone who wants to be a better person and build a better world." --Dr. Eric B. Dent, Professor and Uncommon Friends Endowed Chair in Ethics, Florida Gulf Coast University

"The framework and approaches provide immediate ways to take action for personal improvement, while prompting thoughtful reflections on what drives you, as well as how you can be better on the job and in life." --Kathie Patterson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ally Financial

"Will's approach and framework will provide you with immediate insight and the self-awareness necessary to become a more effective and resilient leader." --Steve Clifford, Head Coach, Orlando Magic

Additional Info


NameActualized Leadership: Meeting Your Shadow & Maximizing Your Potential
AuthorWilliam L. Sparks
Published Year2019
Page Count224