Book review: Great Traits by Tobias Harwood

Great Traits by Tobias Hardwood

The new book inspired by the first leg amputee to reach the North Pole uncovers the great traits of people who have achieved great things

This debut book is inspired by Tobias Harwood’s childhood friend, Captain Guy Disney, who lost his right leg from the knee down in a grenade attack in Afghanistan in 2009 – less than two years later Disney became the first leg amputee to reach the North Pole. The feat drove Harwood to seek out other outstanding achievers to find out if they share traits in common – the result is a set of fascinating interviews with remarkable characters from Olympians to adventurers to professional musicians and entrepreneurs. Levison Wood, for example, discusses his 4,250-mile expedition to walk the length of the river Nile. This entertaining and uplifting read could even persuade you to take the plunge with your next big challenge – and with all royalties from the book being donated to Walking with the Wounded, you’ll be helping a great cause too. 

The Great Traits Project: what the website says

The Great Traits Project investigates the behaviour and beliefs behind phenomenal feats.

We introduce you to individuals who have achieved remarkable feats and illustrate the character traits that drive them. We reveal their attitude to life. We highlight what makes them tick. We expose the traits behind their greatness.

Over recent years the Great Traits Project has interviewed inspirational individuals from the world of business, sport, the military, charity, the arts, science, technology and extreme physical adventurers. These are remarkable people with an array of wonderful stories to tell. They provide insights that can inspire and influence us all.

Throughout the Great Traits Project you will meet these amazing individuals– some are household names, others are unsung heroes, but all have an attitude to life we can learn from. They provide riveting insights into true life stories. They shed new light on the way we think and act.

‘Be not afraid of greatness,’ Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night. ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.’ Throughout the Great Traits Project you will discover individuals who fall into all three categories.

Great Traits is published on 3 November by Great Traits Publishing. For more information, visit

About author

Chris Maxwell

Chris Maxwell

Director’s editor spent nine years interviewing TV and film stars for Sky before joining the IoD in 2011 and turning the microphone on Britain’s business leaders. Since then he’s grilled everyone from Boris to Branson and, away from work, maintains an unhealthy obsession with lower league football.

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