This Palgrave Macmillan book – Exploring Leadership Drivers and Blockers – presents the idea of discovering both conscious and unconscious drivers and blockers in a person to help their development, change and transformation efforts. The authors are Dr. Ian C. Woodward (Professor of Management Practice at INSEAD), Dr. Samah Shaffakat (Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Business School), and Vincent H. Dominé (Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD)

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. Their research builds on, and integrates, well-established leadership development approaches such as “immunity to change” (developed by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey), “positive psychology”, “intentional change”, and developmental coaching.

The major chapters cover drivers and blockers as “assumptions” and “forces” in people that will impact their personal change efforts. These examine the reservoirs/ sources of drivers and blockers in the mind, such as: worldviews, emotions, personality traits, as well as values and motivators. Throughout, the authors use real world examples from their field research to bring these concepts to life. In the book’s final part, the authors provide a tool that leadership development practitioners, coaches and scholars can use with people to explore their drivers and blockers.

This site is made available by Professor Ian C Woodward - one of the co-authors, to provide additional resources including a downloadable version of the “Drivers and Blockers Exploration Tool” (© I.C. Woodward, S. Shaffakat and V.H. Dominé (2018). All Rights Reserved).

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