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Redefining Failure and Successful Leadership,
This review is from: Leadership Passages: The Personal and Professional Transitions That Make or Break a Leader (Hardcover)
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.