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What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care?

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A quick read for those interested in personal and professional development

"As someone who has not studied leadership, I wasn't sure what to expect. Dr. DePaul does a fantastic job here introducing leadership concepts that are easily digestible for the layman. Especially compelling is his contrast of leadership and management. The principles of leadership explored in this text can benefit anyone reading interested in bettering themselves both personally and professionally."


- Anonymous Amazon Verified Purchaser

Relatable content

"When reading this book, you feel part of a conversation, rather than a lecture. The author shares personal examples and real life scenarios that make the book relatable, instead of a bombardment of data. Even those who never before thought themselves as leaders can find themselves moving in that direction after reading this book."


- Kevin, Amazon book reviewer

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Learn - Assess - Do - for 7 Principles of Leadership

"I just finished the quick read, What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care? by Gary DePaul, Ph.D.

In his casual writing style, Gary distills the key differences between management and leadership, between processes and practices, and between principles and values. He shares 7 principles of leadership that should guide anyone, at any level, in developing their leadership capabilities through the simple mechanism of Learn-Do-Assess - and then repeating that cycle continuously, actively seeking out feedback, learning from that, and acting on it. Great advice! Well done!"


- Guy W. Wallace, Amazon book reviewer



The book is more serious than the title would suggest.

"I liked this book a great deal. I think that one of DePaul's strengths is that he often provides evidence rather than opinion. The book's references are a great resource for those who wish to pursue an issue in more depth. I would say that this was a good investment of a few hours of my time."


- James M. Schultz, Amazon book reviewer


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5-Star Review

"DePaul is persuasive and sincere as he defines leadership, examines obstacles and prejudices, differentiates a manager from a leader, and ultimately motivates us as individuals to stand up as leaders."


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Powerful, Personal and Practical Leadership Concepts

"This is the second book from Dr. DePaul I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Yes, experiencing since his writing style is so conversational that you feel he is talking with you. The concepts are irrefutable and understandable and aspirational. Reading the book will be inspirational which is Dr. DePaul's intent - All of us are leaders and his tools give us resources be the leaders others will appreciate and admire."


- 3P Coachsulting, Amazon book reviewer

Bought my copy on Kindle and read it in one sitting!

"If you learn (or if you have employees who learn) from meaningful narratives, this is a great read. The leadership principles are deep, but the meat of this book are the rich examples of leaders influencing others for mutual benefit. There must be over a hundred stories of effective leaders - and a few not-so-effective - each is useful and instructive and it's nice how they're all collected here.

And, if you happen to like cats, the chapter illustrations are a bonus."


- Chris, Amazon book reviewer



I wasn’t sure that the world needed a book on leadership, but it turns out that we did. Gary DePaul presents leadership concepts and wisdom in a series of readable, interesting chapters. Each chapter focuses on a way of thinking about leadership that can lead to effective action for leaders at any level. The books is human and down-to-earth. It's power is in sharing the journey to understanding the critical concepts. Worth a read, for sure!


- Dawn M. Snyder