February 12, 2019

Real Communication


After six months of writing, editing, more editing and editing again… I am very excited to present you with my latest book.

The Book

Real Communication: How to be you and lead true offers a timely reminder for the need for authentic leadership and genuine communication. In the book I explore the decline of trust in today’s world. This often leads to our confusion about knowing what or whom to trust. I also look at the evolving expectations of employees and customers. In particular, why they are crying out for us to communicate to them in a more transparent and genuine way. This leads into the increasing amount of corporate jargon that we use and how that can be disengaging and isolating. Finally, I discuss our addiction to acronyms and how that can lead to inefficient communication and, in many cases, miscommunication.

Real-life examples

The book is packed with real-life examples, stories and insights from my clients as well as high-profile companies. It will help you to see what real leadership looks like in practice and, ultimately, how you can get real with your own communication and leadership (regardless of title).

Importantly, I am extremely proud of this book. Without playing favourites, I believe this is the best book I have ever written. Other people feel the same and I have been humbled by the initial reviews of the book. Below is a snap shot of some of the testimonials I have received.


“The irrepressible and talented Gabrielle Dolan has done it again. Real Communication is full of wonderful stories and useful tips, all in the service of enabling people wherever they sit to be more effective in getting their message heard and absorbed, and in exercising leadership on behalf of whatever they care deeply about.”
Marty Linsky, Faculty Harvard Kennedy School

“Real Communication: How to Be You and Lead True provides essential insights for twenty first century leaders. It’s a refreshing – and necessary – view of where leadership is headed.”
Frederique Covington, Senior Vice President Marketing Asia Pacific, VISA

“This book will make you completely rethink how you lead, communicate and behave to be a more inclusive leader and possibly reassess your own values to be successful in the future, professionally and personally.”
Michael Ebeid AM, Group Executive, Enterprise at Telstra

“Having the courage to be you when communicating takes lots of skill and practise and Gabrielle’s insights and simple clear approach allows the reader to go on their own learning journey.”
Kate Mason, Group Director, People & Culture, Coca-Cola Amatil


Real Communication hits books stores around the globe on 1st May. If you want to be one of the first to receive it, you can pre-order your copies here at a discounted price. Pre-orders should arrive by late April.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of my work. Your feedback, comments, likes, shares and referrals do not go unnoticed and are all very much appreciated.

Thank you and I trust you will find Real Communication of value. It really is time to be you and lead true!


P.S. More praise for Real Communication

“Read this book cover to cover …and loved it! A great read about people keeping it real, telling it how it is, with down to earth tips on leadership, communicating with impact and building and keeping trust. Thanks Gabrielle for the stories, the reminders and the advice! Needed today more than ever.”
Christine Corbett, former acting CEO and Chief Customer Officer of Australia Post

“Authenticity is a word that gets thrown around a lot. Gabrielle is the first leadership expert I’ve met who lives it. Real messages, delivered with truth in a way that anyone can access.”
Matt Church, Author, Speaker and Founder Thought Leaders

“In a world of fake media riddled with message obfuscation, Ral, with the wisdom of an expert who has helped leaders become outstanding communicators, tells it like it is and makes simple the art of Real Communication.”
Dorothy Hisgrove, Partner and Chief People Officer, PwC

“Real Communication is one of those ‘must read’ books for anyone who is serious about leadership as it is packed with practical tips and real life examples of how to lead and communicate in a more effective and authentic way.”
Jamie McPhee, CEO ME Bank