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Front Cover
Back Cover
Table of Contents
Chapter 1
The Six C’s in Summary
Boards Don’t Make Good Leaders
What BP’s Tony Hayward Failed to Hear

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  1. Balanced Truth
    “Developing the Mind of a Leader” hit so many points for me, giving leadership advise with spiritual truths. As I read the book it was as if you were speaking to me with that firm kindness. I knew your goal was for the reader to get it for our own good, so we could achieve our goals. A must-read to start, develop and finish the race in the business world with a non compromise commitment. Thank you for your counsel, friendship and mission to help as many as possible to achieve success. This book is just the beginning….

    irene cleofas

    Comment by irene cleofas — January 19, 2011 @ 6:54 am

  2. Great book Bill. Fantastic job! One of those rare educational books that are such an easy read you’re cover to cover before you know it. Took me back to the Trinner/Hocking season in my life. Anyone interested in management/leadership needs to have this on their desk and keep it nearby. An essential read for success not only in business but in life.

    Comment by Courtney Walker — April 17, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  3. Bill’s book hits the ground running. He weaves a mixture of teaching points with real life examples. Many parts of the book seemed to speak directly to me. I could easily identify many of my weaknesses and, more importantly, no-nonsense approaches to correct them. Although a quick, easy to understand book, it has given me an excellent road map to improve my leadership skills. Now to begin the implementation! Thanks Bill.

    Comment by Al Atkinson — April 22, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

  4. Bill leads you on a journey by referencing some of the greatest authors, speakers, and leaders. He credits his mentors and mentees, taking a refreshingly transparent approach in outlining all his influences. This book leads you through the forest of leadership with a wide angle lens, but you’ll also find yourself pausing to admire certain trees. The language and tone Bill has employed in this wonderful book carries sincere compassion. After reading it, I feel like he wrote this book (which he calls his life’s work) to make a difference in the readers life. – Great work, Bill!

    Comment by Vatche Shirikjian — April 26, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

  5. What a great read! Bill has combined his years of experience with that of others to give a unique perspective on leadership. For those who want to get a very good understanding of the differences between management and leadership, this is a must read. For those lower level and mid level executives who want to lead and not just manage others, this is a must read. For all of us who need to remind ourselves occasionally of what makes us leaders, a great book to keep on the desk.

    Comment by George (Tip) Cornell — April 28, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  6. It was a rare privilege indeed for me and hundreds of my former colleagues to work with and for you, Bill, during your tenure as GIA’s president. We benefited firsthand from your teachings during the regular staff meetings you conducted. And now, with the publication of “Developing the Mind of a Leader”, so many of your guiding principles and so much of your wisdom are within easy reach of anyone who is motivated to learn, grow and succeed. It’s a “must read” for business newcomers and veterans alike. People I’ve met along my life’s path have often asked me for advice and I unabashedly draw on what I learned from you as I respond. Without a doubt, I will now highly recommend your book to them, too. Thank you, Bill, for shaping so many of my own core values that work as well in life as they do in business, and for always standing tall for all you believe in and know.

    Comment by Andrea McShane — April 28, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

  7. Bill is one of those rare individuals who uses wisdom to explain the human condition from personal experience. Not many leaders can both lead and teach. As one who knows Bill through volunteer work, he lives out his leadership in everything he does and has the skill to convey truth to others. Developing the Mind of a Leader has helped me learn more about myself, and my leadership. I plan to use it as a textbook for the new role I’ve been asked to shoulder in my company.

    Comment by Ryan Coleman — April 29, 2011 @ 3:50 am

  8. The world is replete with books on leadership. Many of them are written by those with little or no experience as a leader. Bill’s book isn’t written from an ivory tower perspective, rather from decades of experience. If you know someone that aspires to leadership, buy them this book.

    Faith is important to Bill and it shows through his writing. I happen to believe when a leader integrates his faith into their work it helps them be even better leaders since faith is interested in creating people of integrity and compassion.

    Brent D. Garrison, Ph.D.
    CEO Forum

    Comment by Brent Garrison — April 30, 2011 @ 2:42 am

  9. What a valuable resource this book will be for so many future and present people in leadership roles! Specifically, the section identifying the characteristics of individual leadership/co-worker personalities was very insightful. Likewise, the concept that leaders lead while managers manage, the ways in which a chairman can best be used, and the importance of building the team rather than one’s own position, were all well explained. The review of each chapter’s main points is the equivalent of using a yellow highlighter pen, which will make it easy to pick up the book for refresher purposes in the future. Lastly, the book finished up in the way great novels do: pulling it all together, leaving the reader with the satisfaction of a completed, meaningful experience.

    Comment by Derry Voorhees — May 10, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

  10. I have known Bill Boyajian for the last 40 years. We met in college and have been friends ever since. As long as I’ve known him he has always been a leader that people admired. This book comes from many years of living leadership by example and is a labor of love showing genuine interest in helping others learn leadership skills that Bill has experienced over the years. I felt the book was an excellent read and made points that were clear and concise. He shared many personal victories as well as failures and I appreciated that very much. I would highly recommend this book to anyone young or old who wants to develop his or her leadership skills. You got it right, Bill …. Well done good friend.

    Comment by Jeff Hallaian — May 11, 2011 @ 3:35 am

  11. I believe Developing the Mind of A Leader is a MUST read for anyone who is interested in working with people and succeeding. Whether you are a high school or college student, a new graduate or a seasoned professional with years of corporate and executive experience—I think everyone can gleam at least one valuable “nugget of gold” from Bill’s perspective on leadership, business and life.

    I had the sincere privilege and pleasure of working with Bill (initially as a colleague and then for several years under his direction while he was CEO/President) during my employment at Gemological Institute of America. He was a quintessential leader: a thoughtful listener with conviction and unwavering integrity; a role-model and risk-taker who inspired his team with a clear vision and a plan for creating the future; and a good citizen of his community and the jewelry industry.

    Bill clearly walked his talk.

    Barbara Mooty
    President, Mooty, Inc.
    Marketing Communications + Connections

    Comment by Barbara Mooty — August 7, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  12. Success, what is it? Leadership, how do you become a leader? Joy, want to achieve happiness?
    This wonderful book will help you set your goals and teach you how to achieve them. Bill Boyajian, the author, is a proven leader with a high moral charachter who sets out a clear path to make one a leader; so one can achieve success and joy in business and life itself.
    Howard Herzog

    Comment by Howard Herzog — August 18, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

  13. Dear Bill,

    I have been meaning to send you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your book.
    Saved it for reading on a recent flight to Europe. It was so inspiring and refreshing!

    It is making me think daily about my management approach – whether I am here in the office, meeting in a group setting or with clients providing counsel.

    Besides making reference to it regularly, I am also recommending it as a must-read to my friends and entrepreneurial associates.

    You truly have the mind of a leader — thank you for your sharing your story.

    Very best,

    Laura Serena

    Comment by Laura Serena — September 13, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

  14. After knowing Bill for 35 years he continues to inspire, influence and recharge my battery. The Six C’s give us a clarity to pinpoint the traits brilliant leaders should possess today. “Developing the Mind of a Leader” is a must read for anyone who wants to develop their leadership skills and to refine their moral compass; a necessity for a successful career. Congratulations Bill! (D Flawless!)

    Jerry E. Bern, Jr.
    Marshall Pierce & Company

    Comment by Jerry E. Bern, Jr. — September 14, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

  15. This is one of the best books I have read! “Developing The Mind of a Leader” is an inspirational book that is a must read for anyone who wishes to lead others in all aspects of life, work and family. The final chapter “Leaving a Legacy” is something that really makes one look inside of themselves. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with everyone Bill, that too is a sign of a leader.

    Comment by Paul Levin — October 6, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  16. I really enjoyed this book. It is clear, easy to read and a perfect primer for leading yourself and organization to improvement. Bill lays out his lessons from a career that took him from entry level to industry leader. I highly recommend for anyone who manages people or aspires to. This is one of those books you buy several copies of and share- from subordinates to superiors, there is lots here for everyone. Great book, Bill! Thanks!

    Ray Lantz
    The Diamond Center
    Claremont, California

    Comment by Ray Lantz — October 20, 2011 @ 5:53 am

  17. Bill;
    You have always inspired my career by setting the paradigm for integrity, competence and leadership. Now you helped me identify pragmatic ways to improve my own leadership abilities. Your methods are neither pedantic or sophomoric, they are easy to relate to and put to use in a very readable format; thank you.
    Paul Frank
    California Jewelers Assoc., Honorary Director
    Founder, Gemstone Wines LLC

    Comment by Paul Frank — November 10, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

  18. It was my privilege to serve with Bill Boyajian on the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) Board of Governors for a number of years. In that capacity, I closely observed Bill’s leadership skills and style. He is one of the finest leaders with whom I have served and worked. His book expounds on the leadership principles he personally lives – he practices what he preaches. Because Developing the Mind of a Leader is well written, informative, and incisive, I am passing it on to the next leadership generation of our family business as well to our Executive Management team.

    Comment by Lee Michael Berg — December 16, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

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"Bill Boyajian has taken a different approach than most leadership books and it comes through in a very innovative, straight-forward, and effective way. His vulnerability and values-oriented principles are a model for successful leaders. "

–Dick Schultz,
Executive Director (Ret),
U.S. Olympic Committee