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Exploring Leadership Drivers and Blockers

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Introduces a new concept of exploring drivers and blockers at the same time, to create deeper self-awareness

  • Focuses on developing profound self-awareness to aid transformational leadership changes

  • Combines theory with practice: for leadership development scholars, coaches, and practitioners

  • Elaborates on the highly effective tool and methodology exploring personal drivers and blockers – theory into action

  • Brings the knowledge, research and scholarship in this field together in an easy to use reference

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 1-8
  3. Profound Self-Awareness and the Need to Explore Drivers and Blockers

    • Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 9-19
  4. Exploring the Reservoirs of Drivers and Blockers: Conscious and Unconscious Selves

    • Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 21-30
  5. Exploring the Reservoirs of Drivers and Blockers (Conscious and Unconscious): Values and Motivators

    • Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 63-70
  6. Conclusion and Opportunities for Further Research and Application

    • Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 89-94
  7. Appendices

    • Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 95-137
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 139-163

About this book

This book presents the idea of exploring both conscious and unconscious drivers and blockers in a person’s leadership development. From the outset, the authors show that exploring drivers (forces that motivate) and blockers (forces that obstruct) leads to profound self-awareness, increasing the chances that meaningful change can occur for the person. Research in the book builds on and integrates well-established leadership development approaches such as ‘immunity to change’ and ‘positive psychology’.  


Chapters in the book cover drivers and blockers as “assumptions” and “forces” in people that will impact their personal change efforts. The authors examine the reservoirs or sources of drivers and blockers in the mind, such as worldviews, emotions, personality traits, as well as values and motivators, and conclude by providing a tool that leadership development practitioners, coaches and scholars can use with people to explore their drivers and blockers. Throughout the work, real examples from the authors' field research are used to bring these concepts to life.



Authors and Affiliations

  • Professor of Management Practice, INSEAD, Asia Campus, Singapore

    Ian C. Woodward

  • Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool, UK

    Samah Shaffakat

  • Adjunct Professor of Leadership, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

    Vincent H. Dominé

About the authors

Ian C. Woodward is a Professor of Management Practice at INSEAD directing its flagship “Advanced Management Programme” and teaching in major degree and leadership programs. His teaching and research concentrates on leadership communication, strategic/high performance leadership, leadership and values, as well as personal leadership transformation and development.


Samah Shaffakat is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of HRM, Liverpool Business School. Previously she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. She is also a visiting Professor at IIM-Ahmedabad. Her research interests include: leadership, psychological contracts, mindfulness, emotions, and media.


Vincent H. Dominé is Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD and the Director of Leadership Development in the Global Executive MBA programs. He is also founding partner of DOMINÉ & PARTNERS, a Swiss-based international consultancy firm specialised in accompanying senior executive teams and boards in strategic leadership development. 





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eBook USD 44.99
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Softcover Book USD 59.99
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