New Book - “Once Upon a Leader: Finding the Story at the Heart of Your Leadership” Helps Today’s Leaders Operate at a Higher, More Effective Level

Step-by-step guide gives leaders the tools they need to update the stories they tell themselves, so they can once again be the hero in their own narrative

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verity International, in partnership with Page Two Books, is pleased to announce the launch of Once Upon a Leader: Finding the Story at the Heart of Your Leadership. In this transformative guide to leadership development, executive coaches and leadership experts Rick Lash, PhD Psychology, Senior Associate and Christine Miners, Managing Director, Talent Management at Verity International, illuminate how your internal narrator acts as the operating system of your mind—and how, like any OS, it can become outdated and overstretched.

Early reviews have garnered praise from some of the industry’s most influential thinkers in professional development:

  • Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence says: “The stories we tell ourselves about our self have power. In Once Upon a Leader, Rick Lash and Christine Miners detail how a leader can transform that inner narrative into a winning tale.”
  • Richard Boyatzis PhD, co-author of the international best seller, Primal Leadership and Helping People Change says: "As the authors brilliantly explain and then guide, your narrative should be authentic, deep, and updated as you grow and change. This is one of the best books about finding personal meaning and our sense of purpose that is available. Read it. Use it. And find purpose and happiness!"

Once Upon a Leader explores how what often holds someone back is not a lack of skills or knowledge, but a fragmented and patchy leadership narrative that is lost or frozen in time. Through engaging stories, research-backed insights, and practical, proven step-by-step techniques, readers will be able to regain control and refine their narrative in their own way and on their own time. By transforming their narrator to become a more mature version of itself, they can operate at a higher, more effective level.

“Our research, both academic and based on our own experiences working directly with Fortune 500 executives across all levels and industries, found that a personal story that is more grounded and anchored in your true self will better enable you to adapt and withstand the relentless pressures of leadership and your life,” said Rick Lash, co-author. “The goal of Once Upon a Leader is to give readers the practical tools they need to make their internal narrator less fragile and more resilient, and ultimately earn the right to be their author.”

“Leaders once had a narrative that helped them achieve their current professional trajectories, but over time that narrative has been severely tested, eventually becoming weaker or even co-opted by the people and organizations they work with - they are no longer the hero in their own story,” said Christine Miners, co-author. “We believe that a strong internal narrative is much like a muscle - it needs to be developed and then maintained on a consistent basis throughout the course of your life. We wrote Once Upon a Leader to help today’s professionals do just that.”

Once Upon a Leader: Finding the Story at the Heart of Your Leadership is now available from retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indigo.

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About the authors:
Rick Lash, PhD Psychology
Rick is a psychologist and management consultant, working for over three decades as a trusted advisor and executive coach to Fortune 500 executives and their teams. Valued for his deep expertise and thoughtful, creative approach, he has contributed to the Harvard Business Review, the Ivey Business Journal, Chief Executive magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Globe and Mail‘s Leadership Lab series. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto.

Christine Miners
Christine has over two decades of experience, holding senior leadership roles across multiple industries including technology, health care, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, and professional services. Valued for her depth of expertise, practical approach, and authentic style, Christine is a sought-after advisor, facilitator, and speaker. She has delivered leadership programs in Canada, the US, and Latin America, and is a Niagara Institute faculty member. She lives in Toronto.

About Verity International
Verity is a Canadian HR consulting firm focused on Leadership Development and Coaching, Career Transition, and Organizational Development. For over 35 years, we have provided caring, impactful and practical support to individuals and organizations across all industries and sectors. Through longstanding national and global partnerships, we serve customers across Canada and in 30 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit:


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