About Leadership as a System

Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership reveals a revolutionary new approach to organizational leadership. Based on meticulous research, case studies, compelling examples, and personal interviews this new book documents how high performing organizations are able to consistently perform at an elite level. Research comes from multiple healthcare, manufacturing organizations, the US Military, and an elementary school that went from failing to one of the few to close the achievement gap.

You’ve likely read other leadership books. Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership radically innovates traditional models of leadership by rearranging core organizational elements into a designed system. A system that will scale mission, vision, and values across the enterprise. A system that will create a workforce engaged in creating extraordinary value for all stakeholders. The result is unparalleled organizational performance that makes customers line up at your door.

In these pages, you will learn how elite organizations:

• Engage their entire workforce in creating customer value

• Custom-engineer their leadership DNA or genetic code

• Create a workforce that become their biggest ambassadors

• Design rules, routines, and organizational habits that will ignite innovation

Traditional books on leadership strive to create courageous leaders who will attract followers. Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership will show you how to create a courageous workforce who will attract customers. The result is unparalleled performance and a workforce that grows into confident and empowered human beings. It all begins when you learn how to leverage the genetics of leadership.


About the Author

Daniel Edds has been a management consultant for twenty-five years. His clients include states, cities, counties, healthcare organizations, and nonprofits. He holds a MBA in International Business from the Alber’s School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. Dan is a Kaplan Norton in Scorecard graduate, certified Lean practitioner, an experienced Project Manager Professional, and a senior Baldrige Examiner through the Alliance program.
Dan is the author of Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership and Transformation Management. He lives in Bellevue, Washington and serves on several nonprofit boards. He also volunteers at the Monroe Correctional Facility, assisting incarcerated men in their personal transformation.


“I have experienced the power of what Dan describes as a leadership system – focusing your efforts as a leader on developing and creating value versus managing/controlling, tapping into every person’s wisdom and knowledge, and using failure to learn. Dan’s book ultimately serves as an inspiration combined with offering practical advice for leaders who want to create a high performing organization.”

Sarah Patterson, Executive Director
Virginia Mason Institute
Seattle, Washington