Choosing Leadership

Linda Ginzel

Don’t buy this book for your bookshelf. Choosing Leadership is not for reading about leadership. It is for doing. It will help you develop your individualized, customized wisdom and be your companion on the road to being wiser, younger.

Choosing Leadership puts the responsibility for personal growth and professional development in your own hands. It gives you the opportunity to answer tough questions of yourself, process your own life lessons, reflect on your own experiences, and change your future.

Professor Ginzel has been choosing leadership long before she decided to write this book. From pioneering the volunteer student council at Gorman Junior High School in Colorado Springs, establishing the first Psi Chi Chapter at Denver’s Metropolitan State College, creating the business of customized executive education at the Chicago’s Booth School of Business and founding the influential nonprofit organization KID. Her mission is to guide others in how to be wiser, younger.


“If you want to sit still while some self-appointed guru explains how you can become the leader of your very own company, country, or religion in three easy steps, then you've come to the wrong place. But if you want to go on a journey with a wise and inspiring guide, a scientist and teacher who has been the personal navigator for thousands of successful leaders over a quarter of a century, then there is no other place to be.”
Daniel Gilbert
Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author, Stumbling on Happiness
“Instead of focusing on stories of others' leadership, Linda Ginzel has written a book about your development as a leader. Filled with self-diagnostic, developmental exercises based on Ginzel's many years as a leadership teacher, this book promises to change people's thoughts and behaviors in profound ways.”
Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford University, and author, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time
Choosing Leadership provides concrete examples and practical tips for success in whatever endeavor you choose to pursue. Using specific activities designed to help readers reflect on their own performance and the culture around them, this workbook is a tool that everyone-- from undergraduate and graduate students to executives will benefit from when striving to become their best selves and perform up to their potential.”
Sian Beilock
president, Barnard College, and author, Choke and How the Body Knows Its Mind
“For a very low price, Ginzel will take you on a journey where you make your own choices about creating effective leadership actions. She will not make you a leader. Rather, she will guide you to choices that will allow you to lead- and to lead effectively. Ginzel uses ample behavioral science in the journey, but the unique contribution of this book is her passion for providing you a pathway to make great choices about whether, when, and how to lead.”
Straus Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author, The Power of Noticing
“Linda Ginzel has brought social psychological concepts and tools that she has created to countless audiences. As a result, many of her students have greater access to their unique leadership qualities. This workbook opens this path for personal development to a much larger audience. And it's doable!”
Harry L. Davis
Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
“According to Ginzel, leaders create a different future. And she walks her readers through an intentional journey for learning how to do that. Soulful, pragmatic, and scientifically grounded, this book will change your future.”
Sally Blount
dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University