Many people talk about the significance of an effective leader but often struggle to describe one…until now. Anderson and Adams offer a simple yet dynamic model that can guide and assist you in understanding what makes great leaders great. This universal model encompasses the skills, capabilities, and principles that stem from real leadership. A transforming and insightful read.
— Stephen M. R. Covey, Author of NY Times Bestseller 'THE SPEED OF TRUST'

An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results


Is your leadership a competitive advantage, or is it costing you? How do you know? Are you developing your leadership effectiveness at the pace of change?

For most leaders, complexity is outpacing their personal development and today’s escalating global complexity puts it at a premium. Mastering Leadership involves developing the effectiveness of leaders - individually and collectively - and turning that leadership into a competitive advantage.

This timeless text provides a systematic approach to developing your senior leaders and the leadership system of your organization - not with quick fixes, but with real development that requires a strategic, long-term, and integrated approach. Mastering Leadership offers a pathway to bring forth the best use of yourself, your life, and your leadership.

This is the definitive book on leadership principles and practices! Expansive and practical at the same time, Mastering Leadership is for forward-thinking leaders who want the most essential leadership lessons analyzed and presented in one astute place. Anderson and Adams’ Universal Model synthesizes everything that leadership theory thus far has to offer. Read it, apply its principles, and you will witness the transformation in yourself and everyone in your circle!
— Marshall Goldsmith Author of New York Times #1 Best Seller Triggers, top-ranked executive coach, author of bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There


There is no shortage of information on leadership theory – Google will return over 15,000,000 results in 0.32 seconds. However, this book turns theory into practice by framing great leadership as a purposeful pursuit rather than a genetic anomaly. It also provides the practical knowledge and tools to enable a transition to greater effectiveness.
— John Mendel, Executive VP, HONDA

This book is a testimony that love and power and clear purpose can co-exist. It gives form and proof that leadership is a human function. The book offers the integration of mind and matter, depth and relatedness; rare combinations in the modern world of speed, convenience, and scale. Read the book. Put it under your pillow. Speak of it to others.
— Peter Block, Partner of Designed Learning

Take advantage of the benefits and the excitement about Mastering Leadership by sharing it with your team, and colleagues.


There Are 5 Stages of Leadership. Where Are You on the Scale?  •  07/29/2016

“What kind of leader are you? Are you able to inspire those around you to do their best work and help your company thrive in a complex world? And does being a good leader leave you drained and exhausted or are you able to handle it with lightness and enthusiasm? ...

10 Must-Read Books To Develop Your Leadership Skills •  07/29/2016

"Leadership development is a necessity in today’s fast-moving business climate. What worked yesterday or last week may not work today, and those leaders best prepared to adjust when needed are the ones who keep employees engaged and projects moving forward...

All Great Leaders Master These 6 Skills •  07/28/2016

"Everyone wants to be a strong leader. And while the potential is undeniably there for most people, some simply do not know what skills they should focus on to be a top-end leader. They can develop into suitable leaders but never truly masters of the craft....

078: Bob Anderson: It meant bigger changes than I was up for  •  07/20/2016

"Bob Anderson started his career in the family business making hog food and dog food. One evening, while cleaning out a rail car full of feed ingredients, Bob said something out loud that sent him on a life long journey. Listen to Bob tell his story of how he got over the hump...


"Leaders develop, if they develop, through a series of sequential stages. These same stages exist in all cultures worldwide. They are, therefore, universal and invariant, that is, built into human nature...

Episode 22: Bill Adams and Bob Anderson  •  05/16/2016

“Often, we react and move in the world based on how others perceive us. But what happens when we stop defining ourselves based on others? And how can we do that? ...

Five Levels of Leadership  •  04/28/2016

“In a business transformation, as a critical mass of leaders within the organization develops to a new stage, a tipping point is reached, enabling the system to make and sustain a leap from one level to a higher-order...

Sharing Power: Why It Requires Deep Personal Change  •  04/14/2016

“Sharing power always means that someone has to let go of control, and someone has to accept more responsibility...

How to Increase Collective Leadership & Create a Competitive Advantage  •  04/14/2016

“Most organizations focus on developing individual leaders, ignoring the collective effectiveness (how leaders show up together to lead the organization) of the leadership system...

Refine Your Management Style First To Lead Others In The Best Way  •  03/29/2016

“Leaders must know what people expect of them, manage those expectations, and then perform and deliver...


Leadership is a set of practices. The notion of practice is simple: To master anything, you need to practice...


Smart Business  •  02/17/2016

We base all of our work with leaders — as we help them to develop higher individual and collective effectiveness...


Careers in Government  •  02/07/2016

When we step into positions of leadership, we make a whole set of promises we may not know we are making...


The Leadership Circle Profile and the Universal Model of Leadership are tools that empirically guide the reader on a journey of self-discovery and growth. The demands on today’s leaders to produce high-performing and highly-productive organizations has never been greater. Understanding the correlation between business performance and leadership effectiveness has never been more important.
— Stephen Ewing, Chairman of the Board of AAA MICHIGAN