LEAD NOW! (Second Edition)

A Personal Leadership Coaching Guide for Results-Driven Leaders

John Parker Stewart and Daniel J. Stewart

Master the art of leadership.

Some are called on to lead. Others are driven to seek a leadership role. However you have come into your leadership position—whether you are just starting out, or have put in years of effort—one singular truth remains the same: the learning never ends.

In this revised and updated edition of the LEAD NOW! handbook, internationally recognized leadership coaches John Parker Stewart and Daniel Stewart provide busy leaders with hundreds of sparkling bits of insightful advice for continuous improvement. Based on the comprehensive LEAD NOW! Leadership Development Model, this invaluable resource arms you with an instant leadership development solution complete with actionable tips across twenty-one Leadership Dimensions, encompassing four areas of great leadership: Create Purpose, Deliver Excellence, Develop Self & Others, and Lead Change.

Drawing on the authors’ work with top-level leaders across a host of Fortune 500 organizations, small to mid-sized companies, government agencies, and start-ups; four decades of proprietary 360-degree and team assessments; and industry best practices and academic research, LEAD NOW! offers you a solid foundation upon which to build and refine your skills as you practice the art of being a leader in today’s changing environment.

Whether you are leading a coaching engagement, a workshop, or a larger leadership program, each new leadership responsibility requires new skills and mindsets to be successful. Leadership is a craft—a set of unique skills that requires dedicated practice. It is a journey, not a destination. LEAD NOW! is the handbook for you, your team, and your organization for continued growth, results, and ongoing success.


LEAD NOW! is your handbook to leadership success!”

“Solid, purposeful leadership is the cornerstone of any high-performing team. I have used the philosophy in LEAD NOW! and the many tools associated with it for myself and my leadership teams over numerous years—it’s still as relevant today as it was on day one. Given the amount of quick, relatable material you can find, there are always copies of Stewart Leadership books on my desk to reference on a weekly basis.”

LEAD NOW! and the leadership principles it subscribes to has been an essential resource for me and our organization. Whether you are leading a company or a group of ten to thousands of employees, this is a must-read and an invaluable tool for success.”


 LEAD NOW! is absolutely essential for all leaders everywhere! John Parker Stewart and Daniel J. Stewart’s insight is fiercely accurate. Their advice and tips get right to the point on critical issues facing leaders today and provide no-nonsense guidance to steer through very difficult times.”

“As a firm believer and follower of the LEAD NOW! Model, I couldn’t be more excited about this second edition. I have always enjoyed the simple and balanced approach that this model used. Being a busy executive, several other models I researched always seemed to make it harder than it had to be. The action tips and planning were always my favorite, and I’m not sure how, but they have added even more content and examples. The key to success is in the personal change section, and John Parker Stewart and Daniel J. Stewart have once again found a way to connect on a deeper and more meaningful level. A must-read for leaders wanting more!”

“Thank goodness John Parker Stewart and Daniel J. Stewart have put these updated coaching tips in print! Now I can get rid of all the crib notes I have jotted down from conversations with them as I faced new or rapidly changing leadership challenges. This isn’t another management book. It is a compilation of the right things John and Daniel have observed leaders do over the forty-plus years they have worked with leaders and leadership development. I wouldn’t go into bear country without a gun. I certainly won’t go into the boardroom without LEAD NOW!. Thank you, John and Daniel—truly world-class coaches!”


John Parker Stewart is the founder and CEO of Stewart Leadership, which he started in 1980. He is globally recognized as a leadership coach, consultant, educator, speaker, and team performance specialist. Under his guidance, Stewart Leadership is recognized internationally for its feedback assessments, training tools, and solid, results-focused coaching services designed to guide teams and individuals to adapt, grow, and reach new levels of performance. 

John has coached and trained tens of thousands of leaders worldwide including CEOs, presidents, military, government, and business leaders resulting in significant, measured improvement in individual and team performance.

John lives with his wife, Debra, near Portland, Oregon, and has four sons and sixteen grandchildren. 


Daniel J. Stewart is a sought-after talent management and leadership development consultant and coach with proven experience advising senior leaders, leading change, and designing leadership-rich organizations. He leads Stewart Leadership’s extensive consulting practice, business development, and international partnerships. 

Over the past twenty years, he has been an internal and external organizational development executive and consultant delivering talent and team development solutions, executive leadership coaching, group facilitation, change management, organizational design, and strategic planning for JetBlue Airways, Briggs & Stratton, Avaya, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lockheed Martin, The Weihs Group (venture capital), Kohl’s department stores, and Aurora Health Care, among others. 

Daniel is originally from California and Oregon and lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife, Katie, and their four children.

ISBN 978-1-77458-193-3
$21.95 CAD $18.95 USD
Published October 19, 2021
5.5 × 8.5 312 Pages
Paperback, ebook