The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in an Age of Arrogance


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Little Leaps Press, Inc.
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5.5 X 0.32 X 8.5 inches | 0.39 pounds
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About the Author

Bill Treasurer is the chief encouragement officer (CEO) at Giant Leap Consulting, a firm that specializes in leadership development, strategic planning, and team building. His clients include NASA, eBay, Lenovo, Aldridge Electric, SPANX, Southern Company, the Social Security Administration, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Treasurer has served in numerous management roles, including as the first internal executive coach at Accenture and the captain of the US high-diving team. He is the author or coauthor of A Leadership Kick in the Ass, Leaders Open Doors, The Leadership Killer, and Courage Goes to Work.
CAPT John "Coach" Havlik, U.S. Navy SEAL (Retired), led special operations teams around the world during his 31-year naval career, to include the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, the SEAL's most elite operational unit. CAPT Havlik was a nationally-ranked swimmer, and is a member of the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame and Mountaineer Legends Society. @CoachHavlik


"In an age crying out for wise judgment and effective leadership, The Leadership Killer is an essential read. Making a convincing case for the lost art of humility, John Havlik and Bill Treasurer empower both aspiring and experienced leaders to ask questions, to take risks, to try new approaches, to fail -- and to get up and try again. I recommend this book to all those who look at the state of leadership today and ask, "How can we do better?"

E. Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University

"With plenty of books written already on how to succeed as a leader, Bill Treasurer and John Havlik offer us something new and greatly needed - practical wisdom on how to survive leadership success. This must-read gives leaders at all levels the tools to recognize hubris in ourselves and others and develop self-awareness before it's too late."

John R. Ryan, President and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership, Vice Admiral, United States Navy (Retired)

"In a world where leadership seems to be about who is the loudest and most outlandish, Bill and John's new book, The Leadership Killer, reminds us that humility and integrity still is, and always will be, what matters most. This book is timely for those who care about leadership authenticity, and raising everyone's game."

Mark Divine, Retired SEAL Commander, founder and CEO of SEALFIT, Inc., and Unbeatable, LLC, and the NYT bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind

"You can fill a bookshelf with superb books on leadership and apply all the lessons you learn from reading them. But you'll miss a key factor. Good leaders are humble. They ask questions; they listen to advice; they admit when they make mistakes. Leadership guru Bill Treasurer and former Navy SEAL CAPT John Havlik's book The Leadership Killer is short, entertaining, and an invaluable resource for leaders and wanna-be leaders. You'll laugh at their stories, be moved by the experiences they describe, and, most importantly, you will learn how to be humble and how to succeed as a leader."

Ambassador Kristie Kenney (Retired), former US Ambassador to Thailand, the Philippines and Ecuador

"Leadership is a tough job-- one that requires the skillful balancing of several behavioral traits--often to the backdrop of scant information and significant uncertainty. A leader needs to be decisive, yet contemplative; willful, yet considerate; confident, yet humble. It can be a tough balance to manage throughout one's career--and yet the best leaders somehow do, without falling prey to hubris along the way. Bill Treasurer and John Havlik examine the causes and effects of hubris in the leadership mix and help us crack the code to avoid that landmine along our own journeys down the leadership trail. This book is a useful tool in every leader's kitbag."
Randy Hetrick, Former Navy SEAL, Founder/CEO, TRX

"Leaders: I encourage you to read The Leadership Killer today! It is full of spot-on, ready-to-deploy wisdom that will make you a stronger and more humble leader."

Marshall Goldsmith - Thinkers 50 #1 Executive Coach and only two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the world