What does it take to become a great leader? True leadership means freeing yourself from false, mostly borrowed constraints, charting a purpose-filled path based on values that reflect who you really are, and inspiring others to do the same. Before becoming a coach to CEOs and other leaders worldwide, Hylke Faber, author of Taming Your Crocodiles: Unlearn Fear & Become a True Leader Leader (Ixia Press; 2018), had his own transformational journey, stepping back from a high-stress career as a strategy consultant in New York City and almost becoming a monk in order to discover a more holistic approach to life. This book distills his experience into a guide that will help you grow into the leader you really are by transforming your "crocodilian" fear-based conditioning into "owls" – mind-sets and behaviors that reflect your true essence.

In this bold, comprehensive book, Hylke offers practical advice for coaching yourself and others, both one-on-one and one-to-many, influencing the people around you to evolve their mind-sets and behaviors to a more authentic place. Every chapter includes tools Hylke has successfully used in his work that you can apply to become a more truthful leader, both at work and at home.

With Taming Your Crocodiles, you can learn how to let go of fear, unlock your potential for growth, and foster a supportive environment for your team, in which presence, learning, contribution, and excellence merge. Some of the methodologies include:
AWE: Always Willing to Evolve
LOVE: Letting Others Voluntarily Evolve
SUCCESS: Be a Samurai, Unite, Center in purpose, be Curious, Extend contribution, Sense your environment, and be Simple

"I do believe that the issue of fear is personal and that is why it is buried in the workplace. Taming Your Crocodiles is groundbreaking not only because of its structured methodology, but also for its courage in calling out the issue itself. I am deeply impacted by Taming Your Crocodiles. I can speak personally and freely on this topic because this work has liberated me to lead more fearlessly at Microsoft and beyond."
Toni Townes-Whitley
Corporate VP, Microsoft


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Learn how to leverage the Taming Your Crocodiles methodology with the LEADER AS COACH program through Columbia Business School Executive Education; register now for the next series of courses, launching October 1, 2018!

Taming Your Crocodiles is an important tool for business leaders interested in a more holistic, mindful approach to management and thought leaders and coaches who need to keep on top of the newest trends in corporate motivation. Discover why difference makers across diverse industries are bringing strategies from the book into their organizations.

"In this simple but transformative book you have everything – absolutely everything – you need to go on life's greatest journey – to grow as a leader not by changing yourself but rather by discovering who you are becoming."
Chris Ernst - Global Head of People & Organization Potential, Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and author, Boundary Spanning Leadership

"Taming Your Crocodiles is a daring and important addition to the field of leadership development."
Vijay Govindarajan - Coxe Distinguished Professor, Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business; Marvin Bower Fellow 2015–16, Harvard Business School; New York Times, Wall Street Journal best-selling author

"Inspiring, thought-provoking, and comprehensive."
Joel Brockner - Phillip Hettleman Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

"Hylke brings his life's work to the page to help readers explore what makes them come alive and to show how self-discovery can serve as a road map to a fulfilling life."
Kyle Angelo - Vice President & Executive Director, City Year Seattle/King County