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A Practical Guide to Successful Leadership



The author, Glen Hellman, has a background in business, sales, marketing, and management, with a particular focus on turnarounds and helping struggling companies. However, after a decade of working as a turnaround executive and feeling like he was simply providing “corporate hospice care” to failing businesses, Hellman decided to shift his focus to proactive leadership and helping companies thrive. He accomplished this by earning a coaching certification and building a successful coaching practice for CEOs. In this book, Hellman shares his extensive experience and knowledge to provide readers with practical tools and strategies for becoming successful, intentional leaders.

Chapter 1: The Importance of Intentional Leadership

Intentional leaders are successful because they have clear, written operating principles that guide their behavior and actions. These principles, which may include values, goals, and strategies, help leaders to be consistent and dependable, which in turn builds trust with their team. In contrast, non-intentional leaders, who may be inconsistent or unpredictable, are more likely to be mediocre or fail. This not only affects the leader but also has a negative impact on the entire company and its stakeholders.

Chapter 2: The Leadership Canvas

The Leadership Canvas is a tool that helps leaders to define and articulate their leadership style and the culture of their team. The canvas includes four quadrants: values, goals, strategies, and execution. By filling in each quadrant, leaders can create a clear and detailed plan for their leadership approach and how they will achieve their goals.

Chapter 3: The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. It is a crucial skill for leaders, as it allows them to effectively communicate and build strong relationships with their team. Hellman discusses the importance of developing emotional intelligence and provides strategies for doing so.

Chapter 4: Leading with Empathy

Empathy, or the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, is an essential aspect of leadership. Hellman discusses the importance of empathy in building strong relationships and creating a positive company culture. He also provides strategies for cultivating empathy in oneself and leading with it.

Chapter 5: Leading with Authenticity

Authentic leaders are genuine, transparent, and true to themselves. This type of leadership is essential for building trust and creating a positive company culture. Hellman discusses the importance of authenticity in leadership and provides strategies for being an authentic leader.


Intentional leadership is a crucial aspect of success in business and in life. By following the principles and strategies outlined in this book, leaders can develop their skills and create a positive, thriving company culture.

What’s Next

Are you an intentional leader? Are you a trusted leader? Do you get more of your team than they believe they could give? Building an Intentional Leadership Canvas and auditing your adherence to those principles may help you to be a better leader. Let’s talk about that… schedule a complimentary Leadership Coaching Session here.