The Leader's Journey

A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
176 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2015
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Author Biography

Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. At the University of St. Thomas College of Education, Leadership & Counseling, Dr. Tyner serves as a public policy/leadership professor. She trains graduate students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom.

Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University (Major: English; Certificate: Conflict Studies). Due to her passion for advocating for social justice and educational policy reform, she decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. She began her journey with law school since she recognized that the law is a language of power and therefore she sought to become well versed in the law.

Subsequently, Tyner earned a Master of Public Policy and Leadership in order to gain tools for effecting social change through policy reform efforts. Later, inspired by the legacy of W.E.B. Dubois, she obtained a Doctorate in Leadership. Her doctoral studies provided her with key tools for serving in her community and promoting social justice.

Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. She provides leadership development and career coaching for young professionals. She has also developed leadership educational materials for K-12 students, college/graduate students, faith communities and nonprofits. Additionally, Dr. Tyner teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Tyner leads by example by organizing policy campaigns, fostering restorative justice practices, developing social entrepreneurship initiatives, and promoting assets-based community development. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership initiatives in Africa.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

The Leader’s Journey by Dr. Artika R. Tyner begins with an interesting quote: Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front. Introducing leadership as a journey often mistaken for a destination, the author presents the topic in three parts, answering the question, Why Lead? in Part 1 of this book. In Part 2, key insights on core competencies of leadership are provided, exploring the question What makes You a Leader? Next and last part of this book offers an opportunity for critical reflection by exploring one's individualized approach to leadership, with an introduction to an array of leadership styles in order to gain insights on how to lead best. Inspiring quotes from a quite a few sagacious sources add to the value of discussions.

The Leader’s Journey by Dr. Artika R. Tyner shares a powerful call to action that starts with the importance of reflection. This is an inspiring book, which exhorts one to become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. Also, it aims to drive readers to truly live out their purpose by engaging the spirit of reflection. The book somehow becomes a mirror forcing readers to study who we are, what we are and the gaps between what we are doing and should be doing. A discussion on the techniques or styles that can be adopted practically, preferably with examples, would have raised the discussion from the abstract, making it easy for the reader to become the leader this book talks about.