What do you really believe? What do you truly want? What are you here to do?

Many of us start our careers with satisfying answers to these questions but stray off course. We stop finding time to revisit our goals. We stop asking the big questions. But no matter how talented we are, we can only work to our full abilities if we take the time to know ourselves. With more than twenty years of experience as an executive coach, Melissa Williams-Gurian has found that truly effective leaders share a key strength: the ability to realize their inner truths and use that knowledge to communicate more effectively. Through stories and lessons gathered from her decades of consulting work, Williams-Gurian reveals the strategies she uses to help leaders develop that strength and use it to achieve high performance in the workplace for themselves and their teams. Whether you’re a longtime leader, a rising star looking to develop your talents, or an employee struggling to communicate with your executives, How Do You Want to Show Up? will help you use your internal values and beliefs as a guide in the workplace—and in life.

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Praise for How Do You Want to Show Up?

Incredibly compelling storytelling that marvelously brings each coaching case to life. Which example are you?
Brian O. UnderhillPhD, founder and CEO of CoachSource and author of Executive Coaching for Results: The Definitive Guide to Developing Organizational Leaders
There’s something for everyone in How Do You Want to Show Up? Whether you’re a seasoned executive or a young professional looking to find your voice and place in an organization, this book provides thoughtful insights and lessons that can help anyone advance their career.
Michelle Rhee
Every reader will find inspiration and tools in Melissa’s book. Her coaching has been instrumental in my career, and now she can share her expertise with the masses!
Distinguished program manager executive at a leading tech company in Seattle
My most valuable takeaway from the 360 experience was the time spent with Melissa. I find the feedback and comments useful, not biased, and very constructive.
Vice PresidentManufacturing Organization
A thoughtful and approachable book, How Do You Want to Show Up? addresses many of the foundational skill sets leaders require to be effective. The lessons around self-awareness, authenticity, accountability, presence, difficult conversations, and more are spot-on characteristics of the best leaders we know.
Michael Humphries
As she teaches self-reflection, Melissa helps her clients become more intentional as leaders. This book—and her engaging stories of coaching—shows readers how to do the same.
Tom EnnisCEO at Amplify Snack Brands and SkinnyPop Popcorn
You have really helped me come out of my shell as a manager and develop a style that I think works really well for me.
CFOConstruction Service Company
A captivating book about understanding our internal barriers and how to unstick them. Melissa’s coaching helped me understand my own leadership challenges and how to overcome them. Her book, How Do You Want to Show Up?, is a great new resource for executives and their employees.
Sherri Mason
I really appreciated your gentle nudging. It takes a lot of time to do this kind of thing and I have to admit it’s not one of my favorite parts of my job. I’m working on it and plan to incorporate it into my goal for this year to improve my leadership skill.
CFOBiomedical Company
Melissa’s examples of executives’ challenges are relevant, while her solutions are practical and realistic.
Former executive and current board member at an independent review board

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