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?

This must-read book teaches critical leadership skills through people stories that keep the pages turning. Readers can use this book to strengthen their self-knowledge and improve communication at work and in the rest of life.
Marshall Goldsmithinternational bestselling author and editor of thirty-five books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers
At the first of the year, Melissa and I first started talking about what success would look like for me and my team. Success looks like yesterday, how you all showed up during the meeting and how you are all jelling as a team. Thank you.
Senior Vice PresidentHealth Service Organization
After two decades of leading teams and organizations (and despite some skepticism on my part), Melissa helped me break through and become a more effective leader. It was a very difficult but enlightening journey.
Executive at a Fortune 50 company
Melissa’s superb storytelling and incredible insight takes the reader on a powerful journey toward greater self-knowledge and what it means to be human. The wisdom infused throughout this book is relevant and hugely beneficial to any reader!
Suzi Skinner, MCC
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
Whatever your leadership struggle—team dynamics, difficult conversations, advocating for yourself—this book shows how to overcome the problem by identifying and navigating your inner truths. Melissa has worked with our teams over the years and has led them through the conversations that are talked about in the book.
Ron Inman
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
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
This is a compelling book that furthers our understanding of our own internal barriers and how each of us can overcome them. Melissa’s vibrant storytelling ability keeps you turning the pages and deepens your self-awareness. She’s one of the best in the coaching business and will help you succeed.
Mark A. Finkelsteinformer general counsel and executive vice president of corporate development at Emeritus Corporation
Melissa is an incredibly insightful coach, able to hone in on opportunities for development needed to take your leadership to the next level.
Vice president of global customer experience at a multinational software corporation

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