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Space – How Leaders Grow: Twelve Stories

Update 9th May 2017

I have finally agreed a deadline for my book “Space – How Leaders Grow: Twelve Stories” – October 1st, just 5 short months away! So I will be spending much of the summer doing some more interviews with amazing leaders and finishing it off.

The book is inspired by my work as a leadership consultant, at the company I founded at the end of last year CDP Leadership Consultants, and prior to that at global consultants  YSC. The book contains twelve stories drawn from that work.

It makes three key arguments. First, in order to achieve our best we need to create space in order to think, relate and act on a deeper and more profound level. Second, that the modern world indiscriminately fills our life. For the first time in 1000 generations our task isn’t to fill space but to push back and create it. Third, if we want to perform optimally, and reach our full potential, we need to, as an a priori task, create space, before we do anything else. In other words, before people can excel and develop as leaders they need to create space. The book then goes on to explain how you can do this, drawing on real life examples inspired by my work with executives at some of the world’s biggest companies.


As well as examining what I mean by “space” the book addresses how, on a very practical level, people can create the space they need in order to:

  • Think
  • Do
  • Connect
  • Be

New SPACE model

The focus of the book is on the corporate leaders who I assess, coach and help develop every day in my work. But it’s insights apply more widely: to leaders in the third sector, more junior managers, entrepreneurs, and, ultimately, anyone trying to get something done in collaboration with others.

I presented the core ideas the book explores (which have changed slightly since) at the 2015 Association of Business Psychology UK Conference in Reading. You can watch a 20 minute video of that presentation here.

ABP Presentation Image

The book will be published in Spring 2018. If you have any thoughts about this topic, please tweet me @derekdraper.

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