There are two types of leaders, those who have been humbled, and those who are about to be. Sooner or later, every leader runs into a wall of incompetence, weakness, or hubris that Treasurer calls “the leadership kick in the ass.” Do you derail from being a leader or learn from scraping your knees?
Treasurer finds that the most difficult problem leaders face is finding the right midpoint between overconfidence and indecisiveness or weakness. Just about all leaders land on the wrong side of this tough balance at some point—and that’s when they get their asses kicked. Although most leaders say it can be a very valuable experience, Steve Jobs, who definitely favored one side, famously said, “Getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to me.” This book is a survival guide, coach, and morale booster to help the reader master the art of “confident humility.” If you succeed, the next place you get kicked might be upstairs.
This is one of the most unique and valuable books you will read all year, and I highly recommend it.
Bill Treasurer offers tips from the trenches on how leaders can recover from failure, rejection, and embarrassment – and he manages to make it sound like fun. If you’ve ever been accused of taking yourself too seriously, this book may be an antidote.
Failure may not be fun, but as Bill Treasurer has proven in his rich, in-the-trenches experience in business, you can learn more from one failure than from untold wins. ‘A Leadership Kick in the Ass’ is exactly what you need to pick yourself up, find out what went wrong, and move on, smarter and stronger than ever.
This book’s title may have grabbed your attention, but its core topic – the human ego – is dear to my heart. Using candor and humor in equal measure, Bill Treasurer gets real about the leadership advantages of what I’ll just call effective ‘redirection’. Ha! This book is not just a fun read. it’s a wake-up call for leaders at every level.
Bill artfully describes the harsh, if somewhat humbling, reality that leaders do learn some of the most valuable lessons through mess ups. The approach Bill takes in taking the reader through poignant examples, while offering guidance to seize learning opportunities as they occur, are but a couple of the elements which combine to make this a great read.