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How do leaders learn to lead? How do leaders set themselves up for success? This book explores the real-life experiences of a wide variety of leaders from different industries, sectors, and countries to bring to light new lessons on the importance of life-long learning.

Consisting primarily of a series of probing interviews, Good Leaders Learn presents the challenges, triumphs, and reflections of  31 senior and high-profile leaders, offering insight into how they learned to lead during their careers. The book pulls important and useful perspectives into a robust theoretical framework that includes the importance of innate curiosity, challenging oneself, risk-taking, and other key elements of good leadership.

With practical insights complemented by the latest leadership research and theory, this book will help current and potential leaders to build a solid foundation of the leadership qualities vital to their continuing success.

 

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Gerard Seijts is the Executive Director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership and holds the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Chair in Leadership at the Ivey Business School at Western University, Canada.

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"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

"Whether you’re interested in the theoretical concept of leadership development or just keen to learn more about some leaders’ life experiences, this book is definitely worth a read" - Maja Lucin, is Integrated Management Systems Department Director at Saga Doo Belgrade

 

 

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