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Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization

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This master class on leadership, written by one of America's most prominent and successful executives, will help you develop the professional leadership qualities that deliver personal, interpersonal, and organizational success.

In Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization, Ron Williams provides you with practical, tested leadership advice, whether you're searching for a new career, looking for proven management solutions, or seeking to transform your organization. Developed from Williams's own personal and professional journey, as well as the experiences of America's leading CEOs, these strategies emerge boldly from engaging stories, outlined with practical steps for you to accomplish goals such as--

- Launching your career quest
- Avoiding professional pitfalls, wrong turns, and wasted effort
- Overcoming interpersonal challenges and conflicts
- Building and leading an effective, high-performance team
- Prioritizing and solving problems from multiple perspectives
- Developing your leadership style and mastering communication
- Casting a vision and changing the culture of your organization

After finishing Learning to Lead, you will be well equipped to take the next step to success in your personal and professional leadership journey. Williams's book has the potential to join other leadership development classics on your shelf--to be read repeatedly and consulted throughout the span of your career.


Ron Williams is best known for his leadership at Aetna, where he transformed a $292 million operating loss into $2 billion in annual earnings. He has extensive leadership experience, including multiple board memberships, executive coaching clients, and a seat on the President's Management Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017.

Williams currently serves as the chairman and CEO of RW2 Enterprises, and as a director for American Express, Boeing, and Johnson & Johnson. He holds an M.S. in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


"'Ron Williams writes the way he leads his life and career thoughtfully, honestly, with integrity and elegance and provides whack-on-the-side-of-the-head, 'aha' vignettes that illustrate how to lead. His book provides wise and easy-to-digest counsel on how to fully develop the head, heart, muscles, and soul of a winning organization, one designed to do the right thing in the right way.''
Ted Leonsis, Majority Owner, 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals

''Nurturing and developing leaders of the future is an incredibly important calling, and while it's hard work, its impact can be felt for generations to come. Sharing accounts of Ron's own remarkable experiences, Learning to Lead is insightful and inspiring and offers practical advice and methods for developing leadership excellence, an area in which Ron has demonstrated great success throughout his decades-long career. A powerful and enjoyable read.''
Bruce D. Broussard, President & CEO, Humana Inc.

''Aetna CEO Ron Williams's extraordinary book, Learning to Lead, not only details his remarkable rise from Chicago's South Side to become the CEO of one of America's greatest companies, but shows what it takes to lead in today's complex society. With courage, tenacity, and wisdom of experience, Williams provides pragmatic advice on leading authentically to rise to the top. A must-read for all leaders.''
Bill George, former Medtronic CEO; Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; and author of Discover Your True North

''Engaging and insightful stories are what distinguish Ron Williams's book, Learning to Lead. His well-told personal story inspired me, producing moments of both laughter and learning. One of America's most influential business leaders, Ron has produced a book you shouldn't miss.''
Michael Leavitt, 14th Governor of Utah and 20th Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

''Ron Williams is a classic American success story--a kid from a tough neighborhood who turned his intelligence, grit, creativity, and integrity into stepping-stones on the path to becoming one of our most respected business executives. His book is a gift to the next generation of American leaders.''
Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media