Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price

By Laurence G Weinzimmer, Jim Mc Conoughey
The "how-not-to" leadership book

There is a paradox in leadership: we can only succeed by knowing failure. Every accomplished leader knows there are minefields of failures that need to be navigated in order to succeed. Wouldn't it be great to have the insights to help you prevent from making avoidable mistakes? Unfortunately, in business talking about mistakes can be taboo, and, at a certain level, learning from failure is not an option. Weinzimmer and McConoughey speak frankly about the things that are difficult to talk about - the unvarnished truths necessary to become a successful leader. Based on a groundbreaking 7-year study of what almost 1000 managers across 21 industries really think about lessons from failures Includes exclusive interview material from CEOs at a wide range of organizations, including major firms such as Caterpillar, Priceline.com, and Allstate; startups; and entrepreneurial small businesses Drills down into failure to uncover the strategies that aspiring leaders need in order to avoid the most damning leadership mistakes: unbalanced orchestration, drama management, and reckless vanity

Learning from the mistakes of others is a necessary part of the journey of effective leadership, and this book offers an indispensable guide to learning these powerful lessons--without paying the price of failure.


Weinzimmer is an Associate Professor of Management at Bradley University in Peoria, IL.


NEWS & OPINION: A Conversation with Laurence Weinzimmer, The Wisdom of Failure

Posted November 8, 2012, 7:02 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price by Laurence G. Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey is a thorough look at how leaders have often failed to learn from the mistakes they have made, as well as how leaders can begin to explore the fertile soil of their failures for the seeds of success. The book is well-organized and accessible, thought-provoking and instructive. Read more


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Publisher Jossey-Bass
Publish date 10/09/2012
Pages 282
ISBN-13 9781118135013
ISBN-10 1118135016
Language English

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