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All leaders face adversity. Exceptional leaders thrive in it.

Leadership is often a struggle, and yet strong taboos keep us from talking openly and honestly about our difficulties for fear of looking weak and seeming to lack confidence. But Steven Snyder shows that this discussion is vital, that adversity is precisely what unlocks our greatest potential.

Using real-life stories drawn from his extensive research studying 151 diverse episodes of leadership struggle, as well as from his experiences working with Bill Gates in the early years of Microsoft and as a CEO and executive coach, Snyder shows how to navigate intense challenges to achieve personal growth and organizational success. He details strategies for embracing struggle and offers a host of unique tools and hands-on practices to help you implement them. By mastering the art of struggle, you’ll be better equipped to meet life’s challenges and focus on what matters most.

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  • “Steven Snyder covers all the bases, from channeling your energy to managing conflict, including a great segment about overcoming your leadership blind spots. Leadership and the Art of Struggle is full of real-life examples of leaders who emerged from tough times better and stronger than before. This encouraging book is a must-read!”

    Ken Blanchard, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A very fresh and inspiring perspective that constructively embraces the natural tensions that all leaders encounter every day. I heartily recommend it to any leader who aspires to lead and contribute more fully.”

    Douglas R. Conant, former president, CEO, and director, Campbell Soup Company, and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller TouchPoints

  • “Snyder boldly tackles a subject that every leader needs to master. Sometimes leadership is a struggle, and these are the times that really put us to the test. This insightful book will teach you how to thrive during life’s most challenging moments.”

    Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

  • “This is a practical, thoughtful guide to creating sanity, as well as ‘purpose and meaning’ within leadership.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Leadership and the Art of Struggle deserves to be a leadership classic! Snyder brilliantly charts a course to strengthen ourselves through the important crucibles of challenge and adversity. If you want to build more authentic leadership in yourself and others, get this life-changing book!”

    Kevin Cashman, senior partner, Korn/Ferry International, and bestselling author of The Pause Principle

  • “Snyder has opened an intriguing and insightful portal into the challenge of leadership. You’ll be inspired and invigorated with ideas that you can immediately put into action.”

    Kevin Wilde, chief learning officer, General Mills, and author of Dancing with the Talent Stars

  • “This book resonates to the core. It gives us grounding and offers precise practices for locating our work deep in the soul. Steven makes the dive into the waters of purposeful living and leading deep and attractive. What a delightful dive!”

    Richard Leider, bestselling author of The Power of Purpose

  • “Steven Snyder’s Leadership and the Art of Struggle is the must-read leadership book of the year. It is one of the most intelligent, revealing, and practical books on the subject I have ever read. It confronts a vital truth about leadership: that challenge is the crucible for greatness and that these adversities introduce us to ourselves. Buy this book immediately, read it with a sense of urgency, and apply it with the commitment of a disciple. You and those you work with will benefit greatly when you do.”

    Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge

  • “The leadership journey is rewarding but definitely not easy. Leadership and the Art of the Struggle gives you clear and compelling advice on transforming pitfalls into possibilities.”

    Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president, human resources, Target

  • “If you are leading an organization of any kind today or desire to lead one in the future, you need to read this book.”

    Frank Russomanno, former CEO, Imation

  • Leadership and the Art of Struggle contains compelling stories of great leaders who have struggled with various facets of their leadership responsibility. It offers practical advice and tools to help you deal more effectively with the inevitable struggles of leadership.”

    Trudy Rautio, president and CEO, Carlson

  • “Steven guides you on a journey that can be deeply fulfilling as well as enlightening. I recommend this book for any leader who wants to engage more authentically and constructively in a complex and ever-changing world.”

    Mary Brainerd, CEO, HealthPartners

  • “This is the right book for these times. Leadership has become more difficult in the chaotic world we live in; Steven acknowledges that and draws on his own deep experience and the lessons learned of others to help any new, aspiring, or well-worn leader!”

    Beverly Kaye, founder of Career Systems International and coauthor of Love ’Em or Lose ’Em and Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

  • “Life in a start-up is chaotic, intense, and unpredictable. Snyder knows this world well and gives you sage advice on how to remain grounded, focused, and energized. This is a book that every entrepreneur or would-be entrepreneur should read.”

    Michael Gorman, managing director, Split Rock Partners

  • “Steven courageously confronts the element of struggle, which is frequently overlooked in all the leadership hoopla. It’s time we had an open and honest conversation about this integral and vital aspect of leadership.”

    Ken Melrose, former CEO, Toro

  • “The French writer Albert Camus tells us, ‘In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.’ Snyder wisely observes that we can best strike a blow against tragedy and disappointment by using them as inspiration to make a positive difference in the lives of others through our personal leadership.”

    Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman, Carlson

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