Exploring Leadership Drivers and Blockers

  • Ian C. Woodward
  • Samah Shaffakat
  • Vincent H. Dominé

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 1-8
  3. Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 9-19
  4. Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 21-30
  5. Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 63-70
  6. Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 89-94
  7. Ian C. Woodward, Samah Shaffakat, Vincent H. Dominé
    Pages 95-137
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 139-163

About this book


This book presents the idea of exploring both conscious and unconscious drivers and blockers in a person’s leadership development. From the outset, the authors show that exploring drivers (forces that motivate) and blockers (forces that obstruct) leads to profound self-awareness, increasing the chances that meaningful change can occur for the person. Research in the book builds on and integrates well-established leadership development approaches such as ‘immunity to change’ and ‘positive psychology’.  

Chapters in the book cover drivers and blockers as “assumptions” and “forces” in people that will impact their personal change efforts. The authors examine the reservoirs or sources of drivers and blockers in the mind, such as worldviews, emotions, personality traits, as well as values and motivators, and conclude by providing a tool that leadership development practitioners, coaches and scholars can use with people to explore their drivers and blockers. Throughout the work, real examples from the authors' field research are used to bring these concepts to life.

Ian C. Woodward is a Professor of Management Practice at INSEAD directing its flagship “Advanced Management Programme” and teaching in major degree and leadership programs. His teaching and research concentrates on leadership communication, strategic/high performance leadership, leadership and values, as well as personal leadership transformation and development.

Samah Shaffakat is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of HRM, Liverpool Business School. Previously she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. She is also a visiting Professor at IIM-Ahmedabad. Her research interests include: leadership, psychological contracts, mindfulness, emotions, and media.

Vincent H. Dominé is Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD and the Director of Leadership Development in the Global Executive MBA programs. He is also founding partner of DOMINÉ & PARTNERS, a Swiss-based international consultancy firm specialised in accompanying senior executive teams and boards in strategic leadership development. 


Drivers and Blockers Drivers and Blockers in Leadership Self-awareness in Leadership Big Five Personality Traits Reservoir of “Drivers and Blockers” Values and Motivators in Leadership Leadership Development Practice Leadership Development Application Leadership Development Conscious and Unconscious Traits in Leadership Immunity to Change and Leadership Insightfully Aware Leadership Leadership Transformation Individual Change and Leadership Executive Coaching Tools Leadership Development Tools Robert Kegan Lisa Lahey The Real Reason People Won’t Change

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian C. Woodward
    • 1
  • Samah Shaffakat
    • 2
  • Vincent H. Dominé
    • 3
  1. 1.Professor of Management PracticeINSEADAsia CampusSingapore
  2. 2.Senior LecturerLiverpool Business SchoolLiverpoolUK
  3. 3.Adjunct Professor of LeadershipINSEADFontainebleauFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-6275-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-6276-7
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