We Wrote a Book — And the Miles It Took to Get There!

The Character-Based Leader - Tara Alemany https://alewebsocial.comWhen the idea was first brought up early in 2011 for the Lead Change Group to write a book, we had no idea what we were getting into. There was some thought that with a large group of contributors, we could go from concept through writing, editing and publishing in three or four months.

Ultimately, twenty-one of us got on the bandwagon and committed to the project. As time drew on, some of the original participants had to drop out due to other constraints on their time. But the vision persisted and the project moved forward.

No one in their wildest imaginings could have anticipated that this project would ultimately take over 16 months to complete.

Can you imagine the consequences of a project at work that took 4 or 5 times longer than the planner had anticipated?!

Of course, none of us had the luxury of working on the project full-time. We all had other responsibilities, and progress was made much like that of a fire brigade. Each of us took as much or as little responsibility as we were able at any given time, and pitched in to the best of our abilities. When we needed to drop out of the line for a time, that was completely understood and respected by the rest of the team.

That’s the thing I love the most about my fellow Lead Change Authors. We made every effort to share one vision and use one voice, supporting a core belief that character-based leadership matters.

Individually, when we expound on what that means, you will get different responses, because each one is filtered through the lens of our own beliefs and experience. But in the end, we all believe that character-based leadership matters, and it matters significantly enough to spend countless hours dedicated to nothing more than birthing a book.

Today, this book has seen the light of day. And like the proud parents we are, we’re busy celebrating its launch, enjoying thecongratulationsof friends and family, feeling a bit tired, shaken and very relieved.

It’s been a long road to reach this point. It took more effort and heart than any of us ever imagined. Yet, now that we’re here, it all seems so very worth it.

What we’ve created is a book that’s inspiring. We’ve each made each other think in new and different ways about what it means to be a Character-Based Leader, and I hope that what we’ve shared will make you stop and think too.

What would happen in the world around you if you applied more character to your leadership? If you mentored your followers in more meaningful ways? If you reached out to help the people around you find their own way in the world?

What we’ve given you inThe Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution… One Person at a Time is a sampling of our own experiences. It tells of the strengths and weaknesses we’ve identified in ourselves as we’ve tried to become the changes we want to see in the world. We are flawed at times, but striving to improve.

It is my hope that as you read this book, you will be inspired by what we have shared to make your own difference in the world, in whatever way you are uniquely suited to do.

If you want to learn more about the book, you can purchase it on Amazon. If you’re interested in helping us promote the book, we have a Resources page filled with tweets and status updates we’d love for you to share. And if you’re interested in reading a free sample chapter, that’s available here.

Thanks for joining us on this journey!


  1. It has been a privilege to travel this journey with you Tara. Your article captures perfectly my own experience. I have learned so much about myself and my fellow authors and of course about Character-Based Leadership throughout this journey which in the end was really the point – to share our journey’s and invite others to join us in the revoultion!!

    Here is what I have come to know about you…

    You stand for excellence in EVERYTHING you do.

    The devil is in the details and you are the person I have come to count on most to make sure the details that matter are handled.

    You have incredible knowledge and skills in all things related to publishing a book and I have a feeling I have only just scratched the surface of this with you from this one project.

    You have the heart and determination of a champion.

    You live your values.

    It is a privilege to call you my friend Tara. Thank you for all of the things both big and small you have done to make this possible and for giving us the gift of who you are.

    P.S. From personal experience do you suggest I write another book or go for my blackbelt next?

    • Tara Alemany says

      I’m so very touched by your words, dear friend. I know each of the authors has experienced our ups and downs along this journey, but it’s been a life experience I will never forget. Not one I want to repeat again real soon, but one I’ll cherish forever.

      I went into this project hoping to gain a better understanding of what prospective clients deal with in publishing a book, so that I could better help them in launching and publicizing their own books. Much like having a child, there is no way that anyone who hasn’t been through this process can fully understand what birthing a book is like. I’m so glad that I made this choice in my life, and even more grateful for the lasting friends I’ve made along the way.

      So far as whether you should write another one or go for your black belt? If I had to choose between the two, I’d go for another black belt! The outcome is purely dictated by my effort, and nothing else. 🙂

      As our friend, Chery, would say… Consider yourself hugged!

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