DERAILED: New Book Profiles Catastrophic Failures of Leadership From Six High-Profile CEOs/Leaders and Provides Five Lessons to Avoid Repeating Their Mistakes

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Business ethics and responsible CEOs are a dying breed… just look at the recent failures of Fannie Mae, Procter & Gamble and Hewlett Packard, and the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. In "Derailed - Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures in Leadership," Tim Irwin, an expert on leadership development, chronicles six epic collapses and what today's CEOs and leaders better learn from them.

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Greed, arrogance, a lack of self-awareness… just a few of the traits that have derailed the careers of leaders at corporate giants such as Lehman Brothers (Dick 'Richard' Fuld), Home Depot (Robert Nardelli), Hewlett-Packard (Carly Fiorina), Proctor & Gamble (Durk Jager), Fannie Mae (Frank Raines), and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Steven Heyer).

The story of the fallen CEO has become a cultural fixture: veering off course with the force of a train careening off its tracks, leaving fiery wreckage and devastating injury throughout the organization. These executives are often the smartest and most respected individuals in their industries, with glittering resumes and histories of successful leadership. Yet they astonish us by driving the organization dramatically off course, blinded by unchecked power and arrogance.

Tim Irwin, Ph.D., a twenty year veteran organizational psychologist and expert on leadership development, believes that these leaders suffer from failures of character that are common to each of us--even the most capable of individuals. Deficits in authenticity, humility, self-management, and courage become more dangerous as we take on more leadership, and can cause us to ignore glaring signals that might otherwise save us from catastrophic demise.

In DERAILED: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership (Thomas Nelson Publishers; November 2009; $24.99/hardcover), Irwin chronicles the collapse of six famous CEOs (Robert Nardelli, Carly Fiorina, Durk Jager, Steven Heyer, Frank Raines, Dick "Richard' Fuld) and the factors that drove their downfalls, finding that derailment actually happens long before the crash and can be avoided.

Profiling the pitfalls faced by these leaders sets the tone for understanding and is followed by keen insight and instruction with five lessons learned that are essential for successful leadership. Dr Irwin illustrates how to cultivate these lessons so that we can avoid derailing our own lives and careers.

Five lessons learned include these items below which are expanded upon within the book:
1.    Character Trumps Competence
2.    Arrogance is the Mother of All Derailers
3.    Lack of Self-Awareness is a Common Denominator of All Derailments
4.    We are Always Who We Are, Especially Under Stress
5.    Derailment is Not Inevitable, but without Attention to Development, it is Probable

For additional book information, full list of endorsements, and access to a free Derailed Personal Rick Assessment online, visit the Derailed Leader website

About the author:
Tim Irwin, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, and leading authority on leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and executive selection. For more than twenty years, he has consulted with many of America's most well-respected organizations and top Fortune 100 companies.

Tim's past work has been featured on Fox News, Fox Business, Investors Business Daily, Wall Street Journal, and others. He has served in a senior management post for a US-based company with more than three hundred offices worldwide. Presently, he is managing partner of IrwinInc., based in Atlanta, Georgia. To learn more about Tim, click here

Tim Irwin is available for interviews. He can speak on topics relating to leadership development, executive selection, organizational effectiveness, professional derailment, character development, leadership, executive failure, corporate management/leadership, business ethics, professional development, leadership in corporate America, government/political leadership, and more.

For more information or excerpts, review copies, images, etc., contact either Daniel Decker at 904-230-7529 /
Daniel(at)HigherLevelGroup(dot)com or Jason Jones jjones(at)thomasnelson(dot)com.

More information on Tim and "Derailed," can also be found at either or

About the book:
DERAILED: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership
by Tim Irwin, Ph.D. (Dr. Timothy Irwin)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Publication date: November 3, 2009
Price: $24.99/hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-5955-5274-7

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