Transforming Your Leadership Character

Leadership Character Book
Transforming your leadership character: The lean thinking and Agility way found on

Book Abstract

People need better leaders to guide them, but they also have a desire to become better leaders themselves in many aspects of life, such as businesses, churches, non-profits, sports teams, and more. Many corporate professionals and other practitioners in various disciplines pursue the goal of being solid leaders. But despite training and mentoring, these aspiring leaders still fall short of becoming the kind of leader who inspires others to deliver to the best of their abilities.

Based on extensive experience and observation, I believe we all have leadership traits, but proactive efforts are needed in order to grow and transform these skills. The appropriate level of planning, nurturing, and execution can help leaders navigate the course from a non-starter to a resilient starter and finisher. Shawn, Chase, and Mario are three personas who represent the leadership dispositions of resilient-starters, quick-starters, and non-starters and finishers. Their stories model the ways that you can use lean thinking and agility to transform your leadership character.

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About the Author

Dr. Dave Cornelius is an experienced business and IT professional, and a globally recognized lean and agile catalyst who empowers others to achieve their very best. He specializes in coaching, training, and leading co-located and distributed teams to deliver quality innovations from concept to cash.

Dr. Dave Cornelius
Dr. Dave Cornelius, Servant Leader

Dave is the founder of 5 Saturdays, a program that empowers students to become leaders in business and STEM fields. In 2014, he received the SoTec Inspiration Award from the Southland Technology Conference, an honor that recognizes technology professionals for giving back to their community.

He currently presents webinars for business and technology professionals, hosts a podcast on, teaches courses on, and publishes the blog “KnolShare with Dr. Dave” on He is a well-known speaker and author in the agile and project management professional development communities.

Dave is a man of faith and is active in both his local and global neighborhoods. He has also held several leadership roles, where he helped IT groups develop partnerships with other groups within the organization. Dave’s interest in leadership started on the island of St. Croix, where he played as a point guard on his high school basketball team, and culminated with earning his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership. His first manuscript and doctoral dissertation, “The Value of Scrum to Organizations: A Case Study,” highlights the importance and value of leadership through the practices of lean thinking and agility.

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