Be An Inspirational Leader

What does it mean to be an inspirational leader? Contrary to popular belief, being an inspirational leader doesn’t require celebrity status, a rags-to-riches story, an impressive title, or even poignant speeches or newsworthy accomplishments. True inspirational leadership is more a matter of character than achievement, experienced by individuals on a personal level more than recognized by society on the world stage.

In Be An Inspirational Leader, author Dan Nielsen portrays the incredible impact of inspirational leadership on your personal, professional, and organizational success. He draws on the experience and expertise of dozens of highly successful leaders, sharing proven principles and strategies to help equip you to become a more effective inspirational leader who engages, inspires, and empowers people, improves organizations, and positively impacts the world.

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Inspirational leadership changes everything!

your life – your work – your relationships – your success


“Inspirational leadership is about inspiring people to achieve at their highest performance level.” – Sandy Morford, CEO, Renovo Solutions


“An inspirational leader is one who creates an environment where others want to work and excel in the role that they have as part of that team.” – Bruce Lawrence, President and CEO, INTEGRIS Health


“An inspirational leader inspires others across many dimensions, encouraging them to take action.” – Curtis Rooney, Founder & CEO, Glen Echo Strategies


“When I think of inspirational leadership, I think of a leader who is fairly selfless… they’re not doing it for their own careers or for their own wellbeing.” – Mark Dixon, President, The Mark Dixon Group


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Not your everyday leadership book

This book is filled (with over 50 contributors) sharing their personal experiences and insights regarding what has made them a successful leader and what they have learned through the years. You will read about success stories and also failures (which we can all learn from). You will want to pick up your copy of Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower and learn from first-hand experiences. This one is a must have in your library!”

Harla Adams (CEO, National Institute of Healthcare Leadership)



Enjoyed it very much!

“This book is wonderful and full of wisdom. I believe it will make a difference not only in the lives of those who read it, but in those they lead and their organizations. Well done!”

Jack Lawless (Retired Division President, Morrison Management Specialists)



Dan Nielsen has done it again.

“Following his first book on lessons gleaned from Presidential Libraries, Dan Nielsen has scored again with a very readable, insightful book containing proven management principles as described by many who have proved them in the crucible of experience. This is one that readers will refer to again and again.”

W. C. Brown (President, Bois D’Arc Management Group)



Usable leadership advice for smaller businesses too

Our organization works with a lot of new business owners and it is jarring how little really usable leadership advice and literature is available for them. Dan Nielsen absolutely nails it with his new book. There are real life examples and applications for small to mid sized business operators to use every single day when they are leading their troops into battle. Front line leadership is so critical, even (maybe especially!) in smaller organizations, and this book is an easy to read how-to guide. We are now buying lots of copies and making it required reading for the entrepreneurs we work with. It is an invaluable tool for them and increases their chances for success.”

Mike Dewey (Founder & CEO, Hidden Star)



Very good book!

I have followed Dan Nielsen's career/work for years, and he never disappoints. In fact, this is my favorite book he has written. This book is full of real-life examples, stories, quotes and lessons learned by many of the best leaders in American healthcare. Very good book!”

      Hays Waldrop (President & CEO, Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers)



Powerful Book on Inspirational Leadership for the "real world!"

Dan Nielsen has written a very powerful book on being an Inspirational Leader! Can you be an Effective Leader or a Great Leader or a Successful Leader without being an Inspirational Leader? Even if it is possible is that the legacy you would want to leave in your organization? Dan has spoken with a tremendous list of today's healthcare leaders in both the provider and supplier networks. What this book brings is not only the leader's perspective but the perspective and actual stories of the people who surrounded the contributors - peers, direct reports and their leaders. It is a great resource to access so many success stories in one well-written and cogent book! I am honored to have participated in this book. The stories you will find, the life-lessons you will find will help you far beyond anything a single contributor could bring and that to me is the uniqueness that Dan's years of networking provide! Enjoy this book and buy it for the leaders on your team and those you are mentoring!

Jack Lawless (Retired Division President, Morrison Management Specialists)



A lifetime of leadership lessons condensed into a single book.

“The body of work completed by Dan was thorough and well done, with many stories and anecdotes that I found helpful and I trust others will too. I found his perspective on a leader's potential "Fatal Flaw" to be particularly interesting and relevant in our political environment. Dan is an exceptionally thoughtful student of leadership and this book condenses many years of work into an easy to read, insightful and inspirational viewpoint of leadership. Well done Dan.”

Geoff Brenner (President & CEO, TPC)



Dan's eagerness to share his experience as a proven leader combined with a compilation of many other perspectives on inspiration

Dan Nielsen has shared a tremendous resource for anyone who aspires to grow as a leader. Dan's eagerness to share his experience as a proven leader combined with a compilation of many other perspectives on inspirational leadership makes this a great resource for anyone who understands and values diversity of thought. What motivates and inspires others to rally behind a common vision? The answers are found in this wonderful book.”

Brent Leisure (State Parks Division Director, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department)



Hits the proverbial nail on the head with insights into true leadership

“Anyone in a leadership position or who aspires to be a leader should definitely read this well written and well documented book. History proves great leaders are inspirational and inspire their people by being authentic, engaging, and willing to empower others.


With Be An Inspirational Leader, Dan Nielsen has provided leaders and aspiring leaders a great guidebook with real life examples of what it means to be an authentic, inspirational leader. I highly recommend it to anyone in a leadership position whether it is in business, government, educational, religious or community. 


History has demonstrated that those individuals who are recognized as great leaders all share one common trait, they are inspirational. Mr. Nielsen's book captures the essence of inspirational leadership. Well worth reading.” 

Joel Allison (retired CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health)



A road map for anyone wanting to refine their leadership

This is THE road map for anyone wanting to refine or initiate their way to inspirational leadership. Up to date with the times and technology the only thing left out was advising leaders to share this book with everyone on their team!”

Bob Furman (retired Director, YMCA Camp Kitaki)