About the Book

The Leadership System

“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

Leadership as a Designed Organizational System

You’ve likely read other books on leadership Most of the treats great leadership as a set of laws and personal attributes of individuals. The message is that leadership is about developing loyal followers. This book is about reinventing leadership.

Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership radically innovates this understanding. Great leadership becomes an system of leadership that creates a great experience for the workforce. The power in this approach is that only a system of leadership can scale vision, values, and a consistent employee experience across the enterprise. Only a system of leadership can 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.

Learn How Elite Organizations are Designing Leadership Systems to:

  • 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 a leadership system


Daniel B Edds, MBA
Daniel B Edds, MBA

Daniel Edds has been a management consultant for twenty-five years. His clients include states, cities, counties, healthcare organizations, and nonprofits. He holds an 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.
As the author of Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership and Transformation Management, he is recognized internationally for his expertise in applying classical systems thinking to the practice of organizational leadership.
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