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Authors David L. Dotlich, James L. Noel and Norman Walker connect the growing body of work about the emotional intelligence of leaders with the practice of executive coaching and leadership development. Where does emotional intelligence come from, and how can you stimulate its development in the next generation of leaders? The authors’ answer is that growth is indivisible from pain and change. Any great leader fights personal and professional battles, and earns a few scars. The bottom line: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. For individual leaders-in-training, the question is how to grow after being hit by life’s curveballs. For firms, the question is how to incorporate executives’ personal lives and career setbacks into their development as leaders. In this regard, the book bridges a gap in executive development literature. very highly recommends it to those experiencing difficult transitions, and to human resource and development professionals.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What 13 passages virtually all leaders undergo;
  • How to transform these setbacks and intense events into positive learning experiences;
  • How to develop leaders; and
  • What eight traits help you navigate personal and professional passages.

About the Authors

David L. Dotlich is CEO and managing partner of CDR International, a unit of Mercer Delta Consulting. As former executive vice president of an international company, he is a coach to executive leaders worldwide. James L. Noel is a principal of CDR International and the former director of executive education for a major U.S. corporation. Norman Walker has served as the top human resource officer for several large national and international corporations.



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