Unlock Your Leadership

Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are

Non-Fiction - Occupational
286 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2019
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Author Biography

Damaris Patterson Price is the principal of Working River Leadership Consulting—a northeast Ohio training boutique that designs and delivers coaching, consulting, and learning products to grow the Leadership, Career, and Managerial competencies of an organization's most powerful asset: its leaders.

As a Human Resources veteran, Damaris’ work is the product of nearly 30 years in the people-development business focused on the growth of leadership talent for next-level positions. Informed by her own experiences coaching and managing leaders, her solutions have been effectively applied by a broad and diverse spectrum of people within Corporate Retail firms, Chemical companies, Financial Services, Marketing & PR firms, Higher Education and Independent School administration, Insurance providers, Tech companies, Non-Profits, Specialty Food Manufacturers, Foundations, Professional Associations, Large Hospital Systems, and Law Firms.

Damaris is the author of Unlock Your Leadership: Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are, which Kirkus Reviews described as “a practical, in-depth guide and the closest thing to having a personal career coach”. It is an essential strategic playbook for professionals who want to attract and accelerate leadership opportunities at work.

Damaris Patterson Price holds a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology. While also serving as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University, Damaris is a certified Organizational Development and Diversity practitioner, as well as a Board-Certified Executive Coach, with additional credentials from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Forbes Coaches Council. Damaris and her children, a set of twins, live in northeast Ohio.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Unlock Your Leadership: Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are is a work of non-fiction focusing on work-life and promotion, and was penned by author Damaris Patterson Price. The idea of being ‘leadership material’ is something which may elude many people who are trying to move up in their company’s hierarchy, especially if they’re not sure exactly what the people hiring are looking for. Price offers this volume in place of a career coach, detailing the qualities that make up that elusive promotable person, and the strategies that employees can implement to get themselves noticed more and more.

Author Damaris Patterson Price writes with a practiced grace to convey in friendly but practical terms the secrets which she has observed in her time working in HR and as an executive coach. Readers desiring career progression will find no snake oil here among these pages, only practical advice on self-improvement, confidence building and understanding the behaviors and intentions of others on the road to gaining better promotions and leadership roles in the future. The work is very well organized to move through different concepts and covers a variety of different situations to give some flexibility to the instructions and advice, therefore making it adaptable to more areas of the workplace and different sectors. Overall, Unlock Your Leadership: Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are offers just what it promises: a valuable resource for any employee seeking positive change.

Gisela Dixon

Unlock Your Leadership: Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are by Damaris Patterson Price is a non-fiction business book catering for entry-level or medium-level career professionals who want that next step of success on the corporate ladder or the next level of leadership. In this book, Damaris has organized the content into three broad sections, each of which is further divided into a few chapters each. Your Leadership Locked delves into what is currently holding you back, why others don’t see leadership potential in you. The second portion of Your Leadership Unlocked talks about true leadership and its qualities and patterns and how it works in the world. The third and final portion, Your Leadership Unleashed, delves into how to fulfill your potential. The book also includes an Index and cited works list at the end of the book.

In Unlock Your Leadership, Damaris Patterson Price has written from her own personal experiences as a career coach who has worked with people of all types over the years, which adds credibility to her account. Her writing style is simple and easy to follow and is ideally suited for someone just starting out on their career or who may need some help in making the next level. I liked how the book is interspersed with many Tips, Case Studies, and of course the many Strategic Reflections, exercises, and worksheets that are presented for the reader to complete. Overall, this is a good, handy book for a career professional to have and for improving leadership skills.

Lesley Jones

So you have just been overlooked for yet another promotion? You know you have the skills and experience, but your manager feels you are not ready to move to the next level. Have you ever wondered why others never seem to notice your leadership skills? Within the pages of this simple to follow guide book, you will discover the secret to opening those doors of opportunity, the myths about true leadership and the reasons others are moving forward in your company. Discover your own unique brand of leadership and find out what every organization is looking for during the recruitment and interview process. Unlock Your Leadership by Damaris Patterson Price includes case studies and insider tips that will show you how to use the skills you already possess to your advantage. If you want to move forward in your career, it is time to take away the guesswork and devise a strategic plan that works.

I wish I had had access to this book when I worked in the public sector. The information is invaluable, eye-opening, but makes perfect sense. If you do not have a career coach or mentor, then Unlock Your Leadership by Damaris Patterson Price is definitely for you. Forget the feelings of frustration and resentment because you seem to be overlooked and learn how organizations operate. The section on networking and knowing how to get yourself noticed within an organization was genius, as was the information on preparing a resume that stands out. The exercises and insider tips really opened my eyes to the recruitment process of an organization. To gain maximum benefit from this book, you will need to work through each section carefully, making notes as you go. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who feels their career is stagnant because this guide will certainly get you noticed in a positive way.

Mamta Madhavan

Unlock Your Leadership: Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are by Damaris Patterson Price is an insightful and thought-provoking guide on how to discover your leadership, using it to leverage your career, and what leadership can do for you. The book discusses all the aspects of leadership and gives suggestions and strategies that will enable you to transform your thinking. It is also helpful when it comes to helping you examine what is clouding your leadership abilities and what can be the reason stopping you from putting in your best at the workplace. The focus of the book is on you as leadership material and also speaks about leadership and what it does.

The author tackles a relevant subject with confidence and guides readers through some interesting concepts and content. The Strategic Reflection exercises and the coaching questions are valuable to discover yourself and give opportunities to reflect in a way that will challenge your present thought process. Every organization needs diverse, well-prepared, energetic, enthusiastic leaders, and the author deals with the topic in a simple and easy way, making it easy for you to understand the strategic behaviors that can help to show your readiness for what is next, and the movement and actions of those who can be future leadership material. This book is definitely a good tool for everyone who needs advice when it comes to career climbing. The author's experience as a practicing executive coach and the straightforward tips make this book a good read for readers who want help in unlocking their leadership skills.

Christian Sia

Unlock Your Leadership: Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are by Damaris Patterson Price is a powerful book written for readers who want to take the lead. The author explains the reason for this book in the following words: “This book is about discovering your unique brand of leadership—and leveraging it to grow your career … Taking on more responsibility … People call the means of their career climb by many different names—and at the core of all of them, is leadership.” The book explains why some people get stuck in their leadership journey, while others get ahead in the game. It proposes attitudes that help them stand out and defines a path they can take to move up in the leadership journey.

Here is a book that offers readers wisdom, knowledge, and tips that are rare to find in the business world. Written by a leadership coach and professional, the book offers valuable lessons and tips that will help any reader define their leadership style and find the tools to nurture and bring it to fruition. It is filled with personal stories, insightful passages, and professional tips that are both informative and eye-opening. Unlock Your Leadership: Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are is a book that anyone who wants to grow their career needs to read. The language is very accessible and the voice authoritative and engaging. Damaris Patterson Price engages readers in a conversation that really matters, inviting them to consider serious questions about leadership and helping them clarify what they really want and offering a road map to get there.