Dare to be a Revolutionary Leader

Are you ready to:

  • develop a new mental image of yourself?
  • value and lead your employees with integrity?
  • be more fulfilled in your professional life?
  • take action and try something different?

There is no such thing as perfection – only growth. This applies to leadership also.

With decades of experience developing organisational leaders in 27 countries throughout the world – from Albania to Vietnam – I have created a practical, engaging book to help you develop your leadership skills.

Full of simple and insightful exercises, this book will help you to become a more soul-centered, people-focused leader.

Media Coverage of Dare To be A Revolutionary Leader by Author Charley Swords

“With this book, Charley Swords earns her place as a thought leader. Her book, Dare to Be a Revolutionary Leader: People Are the Solution-Change Your Leadership Style, stands out from the rest on at least several counts. Unlike many other how-to books on leadership, this one successfully unites theory with practice. The reader is walked through a brief history of leadership approaches then is taken in hand and given step-by-step advice on how to broker outstanding leadership in his or her own sphere”. Full review here

David Allen

Pacific Book Review

“A chapter on communication skills offers excellent tips and techniques, including some engaging listening exercises. In Part 2, Swords makes an impassioned case for ‘Know Your Employees’, illustrating a framework that can be implemented for a department or an entire organisation. The text is uniformly clear and easy to digest, with many bulleted lists to enhance readability. Also included are a wealth of exercises, primarily in the form of charts to be completed. A well-constructed, innovative guide to good management.”

Kirkus Reviews

Leadership consultant Swords offers sound, practical steps for those who find themselves in a leadership role in their profession, whether by ambition or progression. She provides various methods for self-analysis, always advising that one may not need to change one’s basic traits, only align them with the new trends in corporate leadership. In the past, management was based more on rigid rules. But in today’s rapidly changing technological environment, Swords asserts that managers should concentrate on the people who work for them, understand them, offer them incentives based on their own goals, and help them function as a team, no matter what changes they may face. Read full review here.

Barbara Bamberger Scott

The US Review Of Books

“Swords’ manual on transformational leadership will help businesspeople of all levels bring a new level of self-awareness to the workplace and foster a culture of respect. Readers will benefit from her experience, acumen, and humanistic approach to the modern enterprise.”


“The book grabs interest from the first, proposing a shift of popular attention from the topic of achieving perfection to that of supporting incremental growth. This paradigm shift is designed to recognize that leadership styles cannot be uniform – after all, leaders and workplace situations are not. Written from a service-oriented, collective perspective, Dare To Be A Revolutionary Leader is a provocative career guide that recommends nurturing respect for one’s employees in order to achieve workplace success.”

Foreward Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Best leadership book i have ever read. It is a gem. Full of practical insight.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2021

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I find myself going back to this book again and again. Full of practical templates and exercises that can be applied immediately to your workplace – it is a book that I strongly recommend to anybody who is looking to be a better leader – both personally and professionally. I have read many leadership books and this is different. There are so many practical templates you can apply to your day to day challenges – I can guarantee this book will be of immediate value to your role as a leader.

Denis Ryan

Who this book is for?

This book is for you if…

  • you have the courage to reflect on your leadership style.
  • you find yourself frustrated at work because you don’t feel that you are being heard.
  • you want to have more impact on those around you at work – your peers, direct reports, management and customers.
  • you’re already in the C-Suite but know that you need to continue developing your skills, and supporting your colleagues’ development.
  • you’ve just moved into a leadership role and need common-sense, practical tips that will take your career further, faster.
  • you’re curious, love to learn and value expert knowledge.


Divided into three parts, Dare to be a Revolutionary Leader, covers all the areas that are critical to succesful leadership.

Part 1: Your Self

The first person you lead is yourself, so taking the time to assess your blindspots and skills is fundamental to developing your leadership skills. Through seven chapters in this section, you will learn to recognise what your leadership style is, how to use it effectively, and how to manage your time and energy. With details on powerful communication, self-care, focus, and how to manage meetings effectively you’ll master your self-development so that you can be a revolutionary leader.

Part 2: Your Employees

Psychological safety is essential to empowering people to create thriving organisations. How well do you know your employees? And why is it important that you know them? Learn about the art of delegation and effective feedback so that you’ll have empowered, engaged employees. Get a better understanding of what motivates different people so that you can build and lead high performance teams. This section also looks at staff development and succession planning so that your organisation is sustainable in the future.

Part 3: Your Results

What to expect when you’ve implemented strategic transformation, and how to manage your customers’ experiences during the process. This concise section gives you practical tips so that your transformational leadership continues to inspire others, and your organisational strategy is always successfully executed. Customers have a different experience of organisations to employees. Taking this into account and delivering consistent customer service during transformation is crucial to develop and maintain customer loyalty.

Dare to be a Revolutionary Leader  is a book you will return to throughout your career, whenever you need to be reminded of why you wanted to become a leader, and how important it is to develop leadership skills in others.

Buy it now for yourself, your colleagues or your best friend.

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