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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-4602-7849-9
    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 148 pages
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    • 978-1-4602-7848-2
    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 148 pages
  • Keywords
    • Relationships,
    • Personal growth,
    • Conflict resolution,
    • TS Eliot,
    • personal leadership,
    • global development,
    • spiritual growth

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A Very Personal Leadership
A Work That Begins Within the Private World of Each One of Us
by Colleen Mac Dougall PhD

Before leadership becomes a role or a position used to influence others, it is a personal story. It is a story about early memories, choices, mentors, journeys, challenges, and moments that shaped us. It is a story about innocence and pushing through fear, about facing adversity, loss, limitations—and examining how our values and beliefs shape where we go from here. You are invited to tell your own story: make deep inner shifts; mature your relationships and see what you are here to learn together; impact the vocation that has meaning in your life. It matters that we know our story. How we show up in our roles, our relationships, and our world has deep roots. A depth psychologist, I wrote this book to show, in detail, how we can grow those roots, and, today, make that difference that says to the world, “I care”. You will feel my presence as you work through the personal leadership process. The book is a personal companion, a professional guide, an illustrated journal—with places to pause, write, do art, and apply learning. If inclined toward reflection, you’ll appreciate the depth. Perhaps you are at a place of transition and need a positive way to embrace what you’ve been through (including choices made); you’re ready to do the inner work that will change, profoundly, how you view and engage with Life. As a graduate student, you’ll see what integral therapy looks like. For your professional life, you’ll re-member what first drew you to your Work—and feel deeply energized, spiritually expanded, realizing your early sense of purpose is still alive; it renews and matures as you let circumstances and contexts touch you now. 100% of the proceeds go to Leadership for Life Scholarship, to support graduate research that advances understanding of, and applies a new lens onto, the psycho-spiritual roots of protracted, global conflict. For more information, please see my website:

“A healing balm, a healthy agitator, a traveling therapist, a companion to take to the comfort of your sofa, your favorite coffee shop, or your counseling room. The paradox of taking up our responsibilities and of letting go is rich and deeply moving, making the book a powerful spiritual guide. I could ponder the wisdoms spilling forth here for a lifetime.” - Tracy Wideman, Canadian Certified Counselor (Pastoral) “I needed something to help me take what was happening inside, into a relationship where I had lost sight of who I was. Deciding to stay in the relationship, and after reading this book, I feel hope. I trust both of us want something more than numbness.” - Nicky, a therapy client “Fresh air to our profession! An expert integration of all schools of psychological thought; for students in both academic and clinical settings, psychology will come alive and be seen as a living science. An unusual but ingenious reference for faculty." - Dr. Ben Larkin, Professor of Psychology

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Making psychology and theology relevant to how and what we live is my passion and my Life Work. As a depth psychologist, I listen for what aims to move in the life of the person before me. I celebrate the out-of-the-box thinker/researcher/young therapist in the classroom. As a global psychologist, I hear the deeper questions that our global disturbances expose; I use a creative and developmental lens to help us respond to these existential questions in practical ways. I challenge my self and my profession to stay relevant to what it requires to lead on these questions. I write to share what I am learning, trusting that facing our questions together will ignite deep conversation about what matters to us and how we can come together to shape the world we care about.


Colleen Mac Dougall PhD

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