Author completes a unique leadership skills book written for teens and young adults

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Dave Douglas holding his book

Nelson author Dave Douglas has just completed Leading the Way, a unique book written exclusively for teenagers and young adults to help them discover and build their leadership skills.

The 103-page, perfect-bound book took 12 years for Douglas to publish and includes five different sections: What is leadership; Defining your leadership style; Developing your leadership skills, Where are you going; and How will you get there. Also included in the book are “27 Action Steps” that challenge the reader to complete exercises and activities that will help in their leadership development.

Nelson author Dave Douglas has just completed Leading the Way, a unique book written exclusively for teenagers and young adults to help them discover and build their leadership skills.

The 103-page, perfect-bound book took 12 years for Douglas to publish and includes five different sections: What is leadership; Defining your leadership style; Developing your leadership skills, Where are you going; and How will you get there. Also included in the book are “27 Action Steps” that challenge the reader to complete exercises and activities that will help in their leadership development.

“This book takes a holistic approach to leadership,” Douglas said. “It’s based on work I’ve done with the proven Rotary-sponsored program RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award – Leadership for 18- to 25-year-olds) with which I’ve been involved for the past 27 years.”

During that time, Douglas helped design, develop and present leadership programs and camps for young people.

Leading the Way assists the reader to discover what leadership is, helps them define their style of leadership, identifies how they can obtain additional skills and then challenges them to set goals and gives advice as to how to achieve them. Other inspiring leaders who appear in Leading the Way include paralympian Rick Hansen, environmentalist David Suzuki, astronaut Roberta Bondar and Craig Kielburger, who, at the age of 12, founded the international Free the Children charity.

Douglas, who divides his time between Nelson and Victoria, B.C., has been a business owner, leader and coach over the course of his career. He’s been actively involved in the Rotary for 28 years and, for most of that time, has worked as a mentor for youth up to and including university students.

"While working with and mentoring youth I couldn't locate resources on leadership to refer them to so I realized the need to write this book to provide structured insight as to what it means to be a leader and how to develop leadership skills," said Douglas. “I am a champion for helping today’s youth turn into tomorrow’s leaders.”

For more information about Leading the Way please contact Dave Douglas at 250-354-8418 or e-mail [email protected] Alternatively, log on to www.leadingtheway-book.com for more details.

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