The Leader’s Journey

Your Leadership Compass: Leaders must be willing to understand where they have been in order to know where they are headed.

~ Dr. Artika Tyner


A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within


Foreword by: John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE &
Bryant Group Companies, Inc.




Leadership is a journey often mistaken for a destination. The Leader’s Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within provides guidance and inspiration for that journey. Reading this book will provide the reader with inspiration on how to lead effectively, build new bridges, and establish a vision for the future. This is the foundation of leadership growth. In three parts, the book explores core values of leadership and how these values inform your understanding of leadership. This is the beginning of “knowing.”

This collection of quotes serves as a source of inspiration and guidance on your leadership journey. Each quote functions as a critical reflection tool. As you take the time and reflect on each quote, you will gain new insights. This type of reflection provides an opportunity for you to strengthen your leadership skills and share these lessons with others.



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The book is a viable seed of social justice in form of ideas to awaken ‘the sleeping leaders within.’ Her main accomplishment in this masterpiece has been to synthesize the gem thoughts of key thinkers in a reader-friendly fashion.

Dr.  Mussa S. Muneja, Researcher, Academic Writer and Community Activist, University of Arusha, Tanzania


You will be inspired, informed, and guided to be a better leader by reading this book.  This is a real contribution to the emerging leadership literature.  It is a must read for everyone who wants to be a better leader.

Herbert Rubenstein, Author, Leadership for Lawyers (American Bar Association)


Dr. Artika Tyner will inspire you to plant the most important seeds of all— the right people with passionate hearts and urgent hands. Her message is a refreshing and vital reminder that we all have an important role to play in growing justice.

Karin Hurt, Author, Speaker, and CEO, Let’s Grow Leaders


In this spirit awakening text, Dr. Tyner deftly accomplishes the sometimes elusive task of enabling the reader to look within so that their external existence becomes a testament to the fact that they once walked the earth.

Vanjelis Ngwa, Doctoral Candidate, University of St. Thomas


This book, “The Leader’s Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within” shares a powerful call to action that leads with the importance of reflection. It’s exciting to see this creative approach in driving readers to truly live out their purpose by engaging the spirit of reflection. The book somehow becomes a mirror forcing readers to study who we are, what we are and the gaps between what we are doing and should be doing.

Ernest Comer, Founder/Executive Director, E Howard Co Professional Innovations


Dr. Tyner instills leadership skills by guiding us with inspirational quotes and stirring stories so that we are empowered to find our own leadership compass and path.  This is a must read for anyone who aspires to become a leader and for leaders who aspire to do more good.

Rodney O. Fong, Co-Director, Law+Plus Program & Asst. Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law


Dr. Tyner’s book raises and responds to issues of vital importance in today’s society. Nurturing new leaders in the pursuit of justice is necessary to bring about change. If acted upon, the hope and inspiration offered in this book could prove transformative.

Janine A. Laird, Executive Director, Minnesota Justice Foundation


The Leader’s Journey is an excellent compendium of wisdom on the art of being a real leader and change agent. Dr Artika Tyner infuses each page with insights that make the reader reflect deeply and which inspire you to transition to the next level in becoming the great leader you were born to be. I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about accelerating your success as a leader.

Yemi Akinsiwaju (The Leadership Catalyst) Author CEO, DaySpringConsulting UK Trustee, International Third World Leaders Association



*** Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist- Career

*** Midwest Book Award Finalist- Inspiration



Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. At the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Tyner serves as the Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. She is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom.

Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. She is the Founder/CEO of Planting People, Growing Justice Leadership Institute which provides leadership development training and career coaching. She has also developed leadership educational materials for K-12 students, college/graduate students, faith communities and nonprofits. Additionally, Dr. Tyner teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally. She lives in Saint Paul, MN. She enjoys traveling across the world, learning new languages, and gourmet baking.



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