Applied Leadership Development: Unveiling Nine Elements of Leadership Mastery

Spring, TX, Oct. 8, 2014 – One is not born a leader – it’s something you become. So how do you become a great leader? Dispelling the myth that “leaders are natural born,” Al Bolea and Leanne Atwater take readers on a journey of self-discovery in their new book, Applied Leadership Development: Nine Elements of Leadership Mastery, which is set for release in December 2014.

Applied Leadership Development was written for practicing managers, executives, and leadership training programs, systematically helping each group realize their leadership potential.  “The ultimate manifestation of a great leader is the team that surrounds them,” says Bolea.  “A talented, intelligent and capable group of people doesn’t become a team—a leader makes them one.”

Using the J-curve model, which outlines nine critical elements for adopting the necessary skills for leadership mastery, authors Bolea and Atwater inform, instruct, and entertain. The combination of Bolea’s personal, practical experience and Atwater’s cutting edge research will guide readers on a unique path of exploration and self-reflection on the road toward leadership mastery.

Al Bolea is a corporate leadership trainer and the founder of Applied Leadership Seminars. From his humble beginnings at a coal mine company to his career as the CEO/GM of a large independent oil company in the UAE and an executive of a major international oil and gas company, Al has worked at nearly every level within the natural resource extraction industry. Currently, Al is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership at the University of Alaska and a guest leadership lecturer at the University of Houston.

Leanne Atwater is professor of management in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She has published more than 50 articles and two books in the areas of leadership. She teaches leadership development at the graduate and undergraduate levels and is also the editor of The Leadership Quarterly.

Bolea is available for speaking engagements, coaching, and training seminars that encourage a journey towards leadership mastery and self-discovery through which boundaries are removed and new opportunities arise.  For more information, please visit:


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Applied Leadership Development: Nine Elements of Leadership Mastery

By Al Bolea and Leanne Atwater

Publisher:  Taylor & Francis Group

ISBN: 978-1-84872-584-3 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-1-84872-583-6 (hardback)

Release Date:  Dec. 14, 2014