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The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

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Do people see you as the kind of leader you want to be? Are your strongest leadership qualities getting in the way of your greatness?

After decades of advising and inspiring some of the most eminent chief executives in the world, Lolly Daskal has uncovered a startling pattern: within each leader are powerful abilities that are also hidden impediments to greatness. She's witnessed many highly driven, overachieving leaders rise to prominence fueled by well-honed skill sets, only to falter when the shadow sides of the same skills emerge.

Now Daskal reveals her proven system, which leaders at any level can apply to dramatically improve their results. It begins with identifying your distinctive leadership archetype and recognizing its shadow:

The Rebel, driven by confidence, becomes the Imposter, plagued by self-doubt.
The Explorer, fueled by intuition, becomes the Exploiter, master of manipulation.
The Truth Teller, who embraces candor, becomes the Deceiver, who creates suspicion.
The Hero, embodying courage, becomes the Bystander, an outright coward.
The Inventor, brimming with integrity, becomes the Destroyer, who is morally corrupt.
The Navigator, trusts and is trusted, becomes the Fixer, endlessly arrogant.
The Knight, for whom loyalty is everything, becomes the Mercenary, who is perpetually self-serving.

Using psychology, philosophy, and her own experience, Daskal offers a breakthrough perspective on leadership. She'll take you inside some of the most cloistered boardrooms, let you in on deeply personal conversations with industry leaders, and introduce you to luminaries who've changed the world. Her insights will help you rethink everything you know to become the leader you truly want to be.


LOLLY DASKAL is founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership, executive coaching, and consulting firm based in New York City. With more than 30 years of experience with some of the world's largest and most successful companies, Daskal is one of today's most sought-after executive leadership coaches and leadership consultants. She has written thousands of articles and columns for a variety of media, including Inc., Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.


""Our weaknesses live in the shadows of our strengths, and this book does more than help us spot them--it shows us how to overcome them. Lolly Daskal takes us into the trenches of her executive coaching practice, carefully unpacking the self awareness gaps that hold leaders back and lightning the path to expanding our comfort zones."
-Adam Grant NYTimes Bestselling author Give and Take and Originals.

"The brilliance in the book is seen in the Leadership Gaps"
- Marshall Goldsmith NYTimes Bestselling author What Got You Here Won't Get you There.

"I've seen talented leaders unwittingly make the biggest mistakes of their careers simply because they don't understand the complexities and pitfalls of their own strengths. The Leadership Gap offers terrific insight and valuable wisdom for high achievers who want to understand the tendencies that stand between them and meaningful success.
--Sydney Finkelstein,
author of Superbosses and Why Smart Executives Fail

""The Leadership Gap is fascinating, provocative, entertaining, and useful--a significant new contribution to how we think and act as leaders, and I highly recommend it."
--Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge

""There's no shortage of thinking and writing about leadership, yet there's a desperate shortage of leaders everywhere we look. That's what makes Lolly Daskal's book so powerful. Thoughtful and practical, analytical and personal, it invites leaders to rethink what it takes to be great, and promises to help bridge the 'leadership gap' that plagues business and society. I urge you to read it."
--William C. Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company, author of Simply Brilliant

" In The Leadership Gap, Lolly Daskal reveals exactly what it is that makes great leaders great, along with the gaps that stand between leaders and their greatness. Every leader will benefit by applying the principles contained in this book, along with their people, their customers, and their companies."
--Emma Seppälä, author of The Happiness Track

" Today, leaders can only achieve greatness if they are willing to nd and ll their competency gaps. In this fast-moving and highly helpful read, Lolly Daskal will show you the seven archetypes of leadership as well as the opportunities and pitfalls each one contains. Read it and soar!"
--Tim Sanders, New York Times bestselling author of Dealstorming and Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

" "An insightful new take on the world from one of my favorite leadership experts. Two Likeable thumbs up for this MUST READ!"
--Dave Kerpen, author of The Art of People and Likeable Social Media

" In this deeply insightful book, leadership expert Lolly Daskal outlines a series of eye-opening and game-changing ideas, including why embracing weakness is the first step to achieving greatness. If you want instant insight into your clients, your boss, and even yourself, get this book. It will redefine the way you lead."
--Ron Friedman PhD, author of The Best Place to Work

"Lolly Daskal is a keen observer of human behavior in general and leaders in particular. The Leadership Gap does an excellent job of helping aspiring leaders and seasoned professionals alike to and their blind spots and to understand the variety of styles that are required to be a positive influence on the people around them. This book might just be the next best thing to having your own personal coach."
--Art Markman, PhD, author of Smart inking, Smart Change, and Brain Briefs

"The Leadership Gap reads like my story--a deep search for 'who I am being while I am leading.' If John Grisham wrote a book on leadership, it would be a compelling page-turner like this one. Don't miss this gift to the leader you can become. I promise you will be inspired, instructed, and invigorated."
--Chip R. Bell, author of Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service that Sparkles

"Great leaders understand who they are as leaders and what motivates them to do the things they do. If you want to become one of them, read Lolly Daskal's deeply insightful book. It has invaluable advice for leaders who want to propel themselves to the next level. It's essential reading for those who want to be great."
--Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of No One Understands You and What to Do About It

"The Leadership Gap is an exciting new contribution to the tired conversation of leadership, and artfully explains why some leaders succeed while others don't. Lolly Daskal draws on a wealth of expertise as leading global leadership consultant to identify the skills and gaps that exist within all of us."
--Cy Wakeman, author of Reality-Based Leadership