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The Biology of Leadership

Embrace Your Human Nature and Become a Better Leader

Carl Oxholm

Learn how to manage your emotions, energy and actions so that you can better lead others.

As a leader, can you say with assurance that you consistently bring out the best in your people? Too many leaders cannot, and the underlying message is that performance suffers. In The Biology of Leadership, expert executive coach Carl Oxholm demonstrates how leaders can harness their better instincts and tap into the remarkable potential that exists in every voice, to get the outcomes they want and need.

Drawing on key scientific insights and his decades of experience in corporate leadership roles, Oxholm showcases the relevance of biology to business. He offers techniques that leaders can use to become more intelligent about their emotions and shows how doing so can influence the bottom line. In this book, you will learn:

  • What drives your reactions and responses, so you can be a more effective leader
  • The important implications of the physiological fact that “we feel before we think”
  • How to direct the quality, focus, and expression of your energy as you lead others to success
  • The art (and science) of cocreating optimal results
  • How to develop conscious, intentional relationships so that the performance of your entire team flourishes
  • And much, much more

Each person is a biological wonder, a one-of-a-kind expression of life itself. This book helps you understand how your unique biology affects your ability to be, and how to make the greatest positive impact for yourself, others, and your organization.


“This just might be one of the best, most practical, needed leadership books ever written. It’s chock-full of real-world insights that can help anyone be a better person and leader in any context, however challenging. I wish every leader I’ve ever worked with could have had this book available to them to move from theory to practice to mastery. Highly, enthusiastically recommended! A real treat and a joy to read.”

“Carl Oxholm’s approach to leadership development is practical, passionate, and insightful. If you want to effectively lead with authenticity and positivity, The Biology of Leadership provides all you need to succeed on your learning journey!”

“Masterfully simple yet highly inspired in its lessons, The Biology of Leadership is the playbook for how to better understand and care for yourself and your influence on others. It is a must-read for anyone looking to be a force for good.”


The Biology of Leadership prepares us to embark on an extraordinary journey to explore the heart and soul of becoming an authentic, influential, and empowering leader. Carl Oxholm will guide you toward becoming the best version of yourself.”

“Carl Oxholm has outlined the key elements of leadership that leverage biological principles to bring out the best in yourself and others. These key values can create energy and an environment where all can give their courageous ideas and constructive insights.”


CARL OXHOLM is the founder and CEO of Virtue Compass Inc. (VCI). Prior to founding VCI, he spent almost 30 years with PwC Canada in a variety of executive leadership roles. He is a certified Optimize coach and was PwC Canada’s national partner coaching leader, where he led a faculty of professional external coaches, sat on several of PwC’s global steering committees, and was a founding member of the PwC Canada Charitable Foundation and its Women in Leadership programs. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has travelled the world providing talks and facilitating workshops on emotional intelligence and leadership development. He lives in the Greater Toronto Area with his family.

ISBN 978-1-77458-355-5
$21.95 CAD $17.95 USD
Published February 16, 2024
5.5 × 8.5 268 Pages
paperback, ebook, audiobook