Any reader can benefit from the message Tim Irwin gives in Derailed: In order to lead and succeed, one must have essential behavioral qualities that help others feel safe, respected, and valued.
Derailed‘s content gives preventative advice to companies that are considering adding new executives to their top tiers of leadership. Because of the value of learning from the failures of others, Irwin gives examples of what former CEOs did, unintentionally, to damage the huge companies they were hired by. It’s not so much that the CEOs were failures; they were very competent people, but they each lacked one of Irwin’s key components for success (authenticity, self-management, humility, and courage). Each missing ingredient and the presence of its evil twin (hypocrisy, impulsive reactions, arrogance, and fear) caused the companies these CEOs led to lose a lot of business.
Irwin’s research and knowledge on the subject of leadership is extensive, which makes this book’s content an interesting read. Irwin even gives tips at the end of his book on how to develop better leadership skills, and he should know—he teaches this for a living.
Derailed is the kind of book that gets me thinking about how all my small reactions to life can play a part in forcing my own dreams off track. It makes me want to be a better woman.
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