• Title: Good Leaders Learn: Lessons from Lifetimes of Leadership
  • Author: Gerard Seijts
  • Released: 2013-11-09
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 416
  • ISBN: 0415659779
  • ISBN13: 978-0415659772
  • ASIN: 0415659779
Review

"I believe that what differentiates those who succeed in life from those who don't is the ability to learn. I have found that nowhere is this truer than in leadership. Leadership must be learned, studied and practiced. The most capable and successful leaders in business, or anywhere for that matter, have developed an insatiable passion to keep learning and honing their leadership skills. In Good Leaders Learn, Gerard Seijts aggregates in one useful and compelling source how some of the best leaders in our world today have harnessed their passion to learn to become and stay successful leaders with the ability to manage through good times and bad." – Bob McDonald, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Procter & Gamble Company

"Good Leaders Learn provides readers with an honest personal account of the journey to the top from trailblazers around the globe. Their stories provide insight into the unique qualities that a good leader embodies. From the boardroom to the hockey rink, Gerard Seijts’ thoughtful compilation serves as a handbook for future and current leaders—dishing out page after page of thought-provoking and inspirational lessons." - Bill Thomas, CEO, KPMG Canada

"I am often asked whether leaders are born or whether leadership can be learned. Leadership can absolutely be learned. In fact great leaders are constantly learning and adapting. Good Leaders Learn focuses on this point incredibly well. It confirms that true leadership is about being committed to life-long learning and development. This tireless commitment to learning is what distinguishes the truly great leaders from mere figureheads. It reminds us that the world’s best leaders take this responsibility seriously and serves as a great source of inspiration for the next generation to follow in their footsteps. I enjoyed this book very much!" - Peter Aceto, President and CEO, ING DIRECT Canada

"One of the prevailing hallmarks of the leaders profiled in Good Leaders Learn is that they never give up. The word "impossible" does not exist in their vocabularies. They learn from each challenge, setback and failure and become more effective leaders because of it. It is their ability to extract positive insights out of the seemingly negative and their commitment to continually develop as leaders from these learnings that inspires and influences others." - Patricia Russo, Former CEO, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent; Board of Directors, HP, General Motors, Merck & Co., and ALCOA, Inc.

"Expert performance, regardless of the domain of that expertise, is an acquired skill. Good Leaders Learn provides insights from a wide variety of exceptional leaders about the lessons they've learned, the ways they learned them, and how they worked to become still better leaders. This book highlights the continuous need for performance review, analysis and adjustment as the foundation of successful leadership. It is a "must read" for leaders across the continuum of experience." - Janice Deakin, Provost and Vice President Academic, Western University, Canada



About the Author

Gerard Seijts received his PhD in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the University of Toronto in 1998. He joined the Ivey Business School at Western University in 2000, where he is the Executive Director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership (www.iveyleadershipinstitute.ca) and holds the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Chair in Leadership.

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