U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within - Paperback


U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within - paperback
SKU: 02011

Author: Debra J. Slover
Illustrations by: Darlene Warner

When you boil it down to its essence, leadership is about working with others to make a difference—in our family, school, community, business…or even our world.

Combining an illustrated fable, practical exercises, and a solid gardening metaphor, author Debra Slover presents a new view of leadership based not only in our skills, but also in our self-confidence. U.N.I.Q.U.E. stands for the Understanding, Nurturing, Inventive, Quality, Unstoppable, Expression of leadership.

We learn these attributes as we tour the Leadership Farm with the lost sheep Hugh. Other farm animals teach him (and us) how to rid our personal "Leadership Garden" of the toxic weeds of negative thinking—and how to plant and nurture the powerful, positively focused new seeds (thoughts, feelings, and behaviors) that enrich our lives and empower us to thrive.

On the U.N.I.Q.U.E. tour, we learn how to . . . balance and blend four key leader behaviors and six leader-friendly gardening practices . . . create a unique purpose and aim . . . easily develop leadership attributes . . . remove barriers and commit to the future we desire . . . and how to express the true voice of the leader within us.

If you register for a lifetime membership in the Leadership Garden Registry, you will receive an 11% discount as part of your membership benefit.

Price: $18.95


Don McCauley - Blogger News Network, December 31, 2007

Leaders are born, not made. Leaders are made, not born.

These two statements, diametrically opposed in every way, lie at the heart of a debate that has raged within the human community for a very long time. Now, which it true?
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Midwest Book Review – Small Press Bookwatch, April 2007

Written by youth and adult leadership trainer Debra J. Slover, U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within is a self-help guide to cultivating purpose, aim, and leadership skills within oneself. Chapters discuss how to balance the four key behavioral attributes a leader needs (visualize, organize, harmonize, and energize), how to practice and attain the key traits needed for leadership, tips, tricks, and techniques for expressing the voice of the leader spirit within, and much more. Accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, and drawing upon vignettes and the occasional gardening metaphor to illustrate its point, U.N.I.Q.U.E. is an excellent heart, mind, and spirit self-help guide, whether preparing to lead a business, a sports team, a coalition, a few friends, or simply oneself.

Nicole Langan - Tribute Books Reviews, November 11, 2009

This book came into my life when I needed it the most. It articulated feelings that I had trouble putting into words. In essence, the message is stop living your life in survival mode. In a tough economy, it is a message we all need to hear.
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Strand Bookstore, New York

In "U.N.I.Q.U.E.," Debra Slover offers a new and exciting approach to leadership intended to provoke the mind, warm the heart, and lift the spirit to allow the creative leader within to guide and direct our lives. Slover draws from her vast experience and professional training to provide an entertaining and informative fable that illustrates that leadership is the essence of a happy and successful life. Hugh is a lost sheep from the Leadership Farm who must learn several lessons that will show readers how to enrich their personal "Leadership Garden." No matter who you are, this presents practical exercises that will compel and empower you to make the difference you desire.

Reader Reviews

Dianne Tanner

Can a lost sheep really become a leader? Why, yes! Of course! We all can!

At first, I thought the book was going to be just another tired lesson plan for finding your way in the world: but Debra J. Slover's book, U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within, goes beyond the traditional self help doctrines to actively explain the ideas behind cultivating an individual leadership spirit.
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M. A. Beattie, MBA, Doctoral Candidate in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University

My mom gave me a copy of U.N.I.Q.U.E. when it was first coming onto the market. Leadership Studies are an area of research for me and I am also an avid gardener, so she felt the metaphor of a Leadership Garden was a natural fit. She was right in many ways.
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Joel M. Green “Green Wave Massage Therapy” Spokane, WA

What a fantastic experience to read and feel. With the multitude of books out there with themes that touch the soul, this book clearly stands above the rest. As I read the book, I found myself touched but the hidden lessons all through this beautiful 147 page experience. More . . .

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March 2007
Leadership Development
Adult book of the U.N.I.Q.U.E. Series of leadership development materials using the Leadership Garden metaphor
Special Features:
  • Fable Format, with lesson interludes
  • 33 black and white illustrations and charts
  • Reader exercises end each chapter


Part One: Welcome to the Leadership Garden
1. Leadership Garden
2. Planting a Leadership Garden
Part Two: The U.N.I.Q.U.E. Tour Begins
3. Understanding Field
4. Nurturing Meadow
5. Inventive Roost
6. Quality Yard
7. Unstoppable Pasture
8. Expression Pen
The Future - Empower Seeds of Greatness
About the Author

An Excerpt