Tim Irvin’s Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership

Posted: 02/14/2010 by that's Elbert in books
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Rather than a feel-good look at leadership, Tim Irvin’s Derailed draws your attention to the flaws and failures of leaders. Drawing from articles from various well known news sources, Irvin uses profiles of six CEOs to point out real life examples of these deficiencies. Using this information, Irvin explains how you can avoid the character issues that tripped them up during their tenure at various large companies.

Derailed is great for self examination of your leadership skills. The CEO profiles slowed my progress through the book, providing too much information. Shorter examinations would have served the book well. Regardless, the reader could scan through the profiles, slowing down for the meatier parts of the book afterward. The reader will find the most valuable information in Derailed is in the latter part of the book, covering lessons learned and helpful habits, things you will find practical for your growth as a person and as a leader.

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  1. scottiag says:

    So did you actually read the whole book?

  2. It took me a little while, but yes. Have you read it too? What are your thoughts?