DENVER, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of leadership books tell you how to be a great leader, yet dramatic leadership failures are still broadcast daily on the news. Now there's a book, "Why Leaders Fail," that dives deeper into the surprisingly common mistakes managers, CEOs and supervisors unknowingly make that ultimately derail their success.
Using real scenarios and examples collected through their combined years of working with major companies, leadership and management experts Peter B. Stark and Mary C. Kelly pinpoint the seven most common reasons some managers fail while others succeed.
"Whether you're in your first year of management or your 20th, "Why Leaders Fail" is a must read for aspiring leaders who know they need to be constantly learning, improving, and developing their leadership skills," the authors said.
Leaders of companies of all sizes will:
- Gain insight into behaviors that may be sabotaging the loyalty of your direct reports.
- Understand why your top talent may not be performing up to their potential.
- Obtain tools to help you align team goals with the organizational mission.
- Become aware of how you are perceived by your direct reports, peers, and supervisors.
- Find 49 actionable prescriptions for success.
- Get free access to a personalized leadership assessment to identify your leadership strengths and weaknesses.
The book answers questions such as:
- What mistakes end a leader's career?
- Why do we see so many examples of leadership failure in the news?
- What leadership habits undermine trust?
- Why are some leaders oblivious to what their employees think of them?
- How do the best leaders successfully lead their team through a crisis?
- Why do some employees team up against their leaders?
- Can leaders regain the lost trust of their employees?
- How can leaders successfully lead teams through crisis?
- How do leaders effectively lead organizational change?
- In times of rapid change, what can leaders do to stay afloat?
- Why do good, talented people fail in leadership?
- Why do competent people fail when they are promoted into leadership roles?
- How can leaders better align team goals with organization missions?
- How do leaders unknowingly sabotage the loyalty of their direct reports?
- What's the difference between confident and arrogant leadership?
Leadership Book Reviews
" 'Why Leaders Fail' is a fantastic handbook for helping leaders stay on course, set the example, and develop the next generation of leaders—it's a must have for succession planning."
- Lee Ellis, Colonel, United States Air Force (retired) author of "Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton," POW 1967-1973
"Want to be a successful business or military leader? Read this book. Of the thousands of leadership books, only Stark and Kelly pinpoint why people in leadership roles so often fail. Then they explain what you need to do to be a great leader. A must read!"
-Steve Pressfield, bestselling author of "The War of Art" and "Gates of Fire"
"Leadership is, at times, misunderstood. 'Why Leaders Fail' explains the key traits needed to lead at a higher level and unleash the power of your people."
- Garry Ridge, CEO WD-40 Company and author of "Helping People Win at Work"
About the authors
Stark and Kelly are award-winning authors of best-selling books including "The Competent Leader," "The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need," "Master Your World," and "15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy."
As leadership experts, they have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Entrepreneur, Money Magazine, NBC, and USA Today.
Mary C. Kelly specializes in business growth through executive leadership development. Her company, Productive Leaders, provides all levels of corporate training and coaching. They help leaders with the tools they need to improve morale, cultivate teamwork, enhance productivity, and increase profitability.
Peter B. Stark is the President of Peter Barron Stark Companies. He and his team partner with clients to build organizations where employees love to come to work. Peter and his team are experts in employee engagement surveys, leadership and employee development, team building, and executive coaching.
Mary C. Kelly, PhD, Commander, US Navy, Retired
Peter B. Stark
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SOURCE Mary C. Kelly