The Leader You Will Be: An Invitation

By Anese Cavanaugh

THE LEADER YOU WILL BE is an invitation to the leader in all of us to step up, shine bright, be real, do good, and bring our best selves to the table for (positive) impact, love, and living lives well lived. This short book is an illustrated journey of leadership and becoming, speaking to behaviors, intentions, actions, and "ways of being” witnessed, experienced, and taught by Anese in her work with business leaders, organizations, and human beings around the world over the last twenty years as a leadership advisor and lover of the human spirit.

The Leader You Will Be has been performed on stages around the country for audiences who want to have a more meaningful impact in business and life, and who want to do it in THEIR own authentic way. What started as a poem, grew into a work of love and craft created by Anese and her team and what you see here now. This poem is an invitation, not a prescription, and it is for YOU in whatever way fuels you most. Use it, share the love, keep it for yourself, read it to your kids, give it to your team, leave it as a secret leadership admirer gift for people you care about, and enjoy. Pick one thing, pick five, but dig in, and take the invitation. The time to lead is now, wouldn’t you agree? So lean in, get your game on, and show up as the leader you will be…

Anese Cavanaugh is the author of CONTAGIOUS CULTURE: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Create an Organization that Thrives (McGraw-Hill, 2015), she is also an award-winning speaker, advisor, teacher, and thinking partner to some of today’s most innovative organizations and business leaders. In addition to creating and teaching the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®), she writes a regular “Showing Up” column on and contributes to other publications that include HBR, The Huffington Post,, and others. Her next book, CONTAGIOUS YOU (McGraw-Hill) is in the works and will drop Fall 2019.


Anese Cavanaugh is devoted to helping people show up and bring their best selves to the table in order to create significant positive impact in their lives. She is the creator of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®), an advisor and thinking partner to leaders and organizations around the world, and author of CONTAGIOUS CULTURE: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives (McGraw Hill, 11/15). 

As a leading voice on intention, energy, and presence in leadership and culture, she helps people unlock greater leadership potential, collaborate more inspiringly, create more openly, intuit more bravely, and lead more joyfully and effectively. Top innovators and executives in companies like IDEO, Zingerman’s, Cooper, GM Financial, Vistaprint, 15Five, Fitbit, Nike, Vivayic, Kaiser Permanente, and others have engaged with Anese to strengthen team health, maximize leadership impact, and optimize company culture. In addition to appearing in publications like Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post,, and the NY Times, Anese writes for in her column “Showing Up”. 

She has just published her most recent book THE LEADER YOU WILL BE: An Invitation (a leadership storybook), and is currently working on her next book, CONTAGIOUS YOU: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want (McGraw-Hill, November 2019)


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Publisher Active Choices, Inc.
Publish date 09/21/2018
Pages 34
ISBN-13 9780692140543
ISBN-10 0692140549
Language English

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