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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787974277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787974275
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“…Leadership Passages has the answers…” (Business Executive, June 2005)

“…packs in more useable advice than most of its ilk…a useful book…” (Third Sector, 2 March 2005)

“…insightful…” (CA Magazine, 1st Dec. 2004)

“…a wealth of practical tools and techniques to improve your leadership…” (Strategic HR Review, Nov/Dec 2004)

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"Leadership Passages describes systematically that it is far more effective and compelling to build on both successes and failures, rather than trying to overlook or even ignore the valuable lessons that unavoidable adversity in both our personal and business lives can teach us."
--Daniel Vasella, chairman and CEO, Novartis

"If you want to succeed and have inner peace at the same time, then this book is for you."
--Ram Charan , coauthor, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

"Leadership Passages describes in direct, simple, and honest language how human beings become great leaders. Filled with wisdom, insight, and practical advice from three world-class coaches—reading this book is like attending and completing a senior-level leadership program, or spending a week with the best executive coach."
--Linda Clark-Santos, senior vice president, Talent & Organizational Capability of Washington Mutual

"Do careers stop when we are passed over, have a bad boss, or just blow it?  Not according to this book. Great leaders pick themselves up and move on, learning while they go forward. Leadership Passages show us how."
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager and The Secret

"This breakthrough book on leadership development is filled with practical advice on ways to lead others and ways to learn from your life as well as your career. We all know that experience is a teacher, but Dotlich, Noel, and Walker show us why!"
--Joe Berardino, vice chairman, Sciens Capital Management LLC, and former chairman and CEO, Andersen Worldwide


More About the Author

Dr. David Dotlich is the chairman and CEO of Pivot, a strategic leadership boutique that develops corporate strategy and executive development programs for Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Nike, Microsoft, KKR, Aetna, Best Buy, DPDHL, AbbVie, Ericsson, and many others. A successful entrepreneur who has founded and run two large independent companies, he advises CEOs and boards on issues of talent, leadership, and strategy.

Named one of the Top 50 Coaches in the United States, Dr. Dotlich is former executive vice president of Honeywell International, founder and former president of CDR International and Delta Executive Learning Center, and former president of Mercer Delta Consulting.

Dr. Dotlich is the co-author of 11 best-selling books, including his latest, The Unfinished Leader: Balancing Contradictory Answers to Unsolvable Problems, to be published in March of 2014; Head, Heart, and Guts: How the World's Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders; Why CEOs Fail; Action Coaching; Unnatural Leadership; Action Learning: How the World's Top Companies Are Re-Creating Their Leaders and Themselves; Leadership Passages: The Personal and Professional Transitions That Make or Break a Leader; and Leading in Times of Crisis: How to Navigate Complexity, Diversity, and Uncertainty to Save Your Company, which has been translated into ten languages. He is the co-editor of the Pfeiffer Leadership Development Annual, a yearly compilation of the research findings and practices of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the field of leadership development throughout the world.

A certified psychologist in career development, life planning, and numerous psychological inventories, Dr. Dotlich was a founding partner of CDR International which was acquired by Marsh McLennan. Previously, he was executive vice president of Groupe Bull S.A., a global computer manufacturer headquartered in Paris with 45,000 employees worldwide. In this role, he was responsible for human resources, quality improvement, and all internal and external communication activities throughout the world.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Dotlich was a professor at the University of Minnesota, teaching at the business school and in the Speech Communication Department. His teaching and research focused on the impact of organizational culture on producing effective leaders, with particular emphasis on women and minorities. Additionally, he was the executive director of the Michigan Business School Human Resource Partnership.

David's interest in people development began early, with a position as a social worker in the Cincinnati inner city through an Edmund James Fellowship from the University of Illinois. He pursued this interest while working on his MA degree in race relations at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, he conducted survey research on racial attitudes in the African townships and began an overland tour company, driving throughout Africa between Johannesburg and London and back. He completed his MA and PhD at the University of Minnesota, where he was selected Outstanding Graduate Student of the University. He has also completed the INSEAD Executive Program.

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Also, valuable advice for organizational leaders that shape high performance work cultures.
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At the same time, they represent an opportunity as those who successfully navigate these difficult currents of life will experience real personal growth.
Thomas M. Loarie
We very highly recommend it to those experiencing difficult transitions, and to human resource and development professionals.
Rolf Dobelli

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Loarie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
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Transitions are a part of everyone's life. And since the publication of Judith Viorst's "Necessary Losses," transitions has become and increasingly popular subject for authors.

Dotlich, Noel, and Walker in "Leadership Passages" cover thirteen common personal and professional passages (transitions) that they say make or break a leader...in fact, they can make or break any human, not just leaders. The authors based this book on their work as executives within major companies, business advisors and executive development consultants.

Passages are predictable and inevitable. Most will go through more than one. Since passages are intense, they can destroy one's spirit. At the same time, they represent an opportunity as those who successfully navigate these difficult currents of life will experience real personal growth. And if not handled with emotional and intellectual honesty, these passages lead to danger.

Most people, the authors have found, who move through life experiencing one success after another are shallow. They distinguish between the senior executive who has been strengthened and deepened by his/her passages and failure, from those who have not. The former are the most effective leaders.

"Leadership Passages" is filled with examples and covers the following transitions.

1. Joining a company.

2. Moving into a leadership role.

3. Accepting the stretch assignment.

4. Getting responsibility for a business.

5. Dealing with significant failure for which you were responsible.

6. Coping with a bad boss and competitive peers.

7. Losing your job or being passed over for the promotion.

8. Being part of an acquisition or merger.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on March 14, 2005
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Authors David L. Dotlich, James L. Noel and Norman Walker connect the growing body of work about the emotional intelligence of leaders with the practice of executive coaching and leadership development. Where does emotional intelligence come from, and how can you stimulate its development in the next generation of leaders? The authors' answer is that growth is indivisible from pain and change. Any great leader fights personal and professional battles, and earns a few scars. The bottom line: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. For individual leaders-in-training, the question is how to grow after being hit by life's curveballs. For firms, the question is how to incorporate executives' personal lives and career setbacks into their development as leaders. In this regard, the book bridges a gap in executive development literature. We very highly recommend it to those experiencing difficult transitions, and to human resource and development professionals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Golier on November 18, 2004
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Leadership Passages offers a guided tour of real-world do's and don'ts, as it relates to the 13 most common passages most executives will face at some point in their career. The passages themselves are not surprising. They include things like dealing with a significant failure for which you are responsible, being part of a merger or acquisition, and coping with a bad boss or competitive peers.

What's different is the way the authors cast failure and seemingly negative events in a new, more positive light. The book maintains that these events are a critical part of truly successful leadership. I was encouraged to read passages like the following:

"(The) passages have an impact on leaders, just as they do on all of us. If you go through them with your eyes-and your mind-closed, you diminish your own development. If you go through them consciously and are open to the lessons they hold, you dramatically increase the odds of being a consistently effective leader."

"High-performing leaders are aware of their strengths and their weaknesses; they talk and think about their limitations and failures and try to learn from them. They see themselves as continuously learning, adapting, and responding to both positive and negative circumstances. Most important, they are highly conscious of their feelings and behaviors as they move through life."

I would recommend this book for any executive who is looking for new perspectives on professional development and is willing to invest the time and effort to confront both the highs and lows we all experience. I hope you find the book as thought-provoking and rewarding as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Kassan VINE VOICE on September 17, 2006
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This book focuses on an interesting premise- that leadership is significantly developed by key experiences and the person's reactions to them. Many of the key experiences need to be actively sought out and accepted such as accepting a stretch assignment or living in a different country. Others are often a matter of time such as joining a new company, coping with a bad boss, or facing personal upheaval. Another- dealing with failure- is in between with an element of decision in choosing to take risks and stretch oneself, and an element of time. What links all these experiences together is that they must be dealt with honestly in order to learn from them. The book does a good job of presenting these ideas and more, with examples of people who have gone through the passages- some successful, others not. While few will agree with everything presented, it raises good questions and should be appreciated for that.
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