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Behind the Executive Door

Unexpected Lessons for Managing Your Boss and Career

Wasylyshyn, Karol M.

2012, XIII, 174 p. 12 illus., 11 illus. in color.

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  • Inside look at the behavior of top business executives from the files of a licensed psychologist who has “seen it all” through 25 years of research, consulting, and coaching
  • Offers fresh insights about leadership types – to better equip senior executives, aspiring leaders, HR professionals, career coaches, and counselors to enhance self-reflection and achieve their work-related objectives
  • Features vignettes and case examples, self-assessment exercises, scorecards, and other tools to engage the reader and provide practical guidance
  • Includes a foreword by Rajiv Gupta, former Chairman & CEO, Rohm & Haas Company, and endorsements from prominent business leaders and consultants

Sigmund Freud meets Peter Drucker … Behind the Executive Door is a revealing look at the behavior of top business leaders – and how the next level of aspiring managers can learn to navigate the political and personal landscape.  Through a variety of reflective and action-oriented exercises, she guides readers to recognize the characteristics of Remarkable, Perilous, and Toxic leaders, and leverage this information to increase their savvy and effectiveness in the workplace.


Praise for Behind the Executive Door

Behind the Executive Door offers exceptional insight into the leadership challenges we face in a global economy where collaboration is key to business success, people are networked 24/7 and empathy and understanding are central to the effective management of teams.  Karol Wasylyshyn presents three leadership types in a way that absolutely rings true in the current business environment.  Grounded in solid research, she describes and assesses them professionally, avoids glib and superficial jargon, and illustrates them with riveting real-life examples.  She offers practical, systematic techniques for evaluating the leadership type of your boss and for managing that crucial relationship.”

Ellen Kullman, Chair & CEO, DuPont


“Once again Karol provokes our thinking with her wise counsel.  She offers a creative and intriguing framework to help us understand the underbelly of leadership behavior and provides meaningful ideas for change. This book will be on your desk for many years providing opportunity for reflection and as a guidebook as you face into your role as leader.”  

Monica McGrath, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor,

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


“An inspiring book to understand your leadership behaviors and the personality traits of your boss. Karol has guided me all along my career and this book will provide that same guidance to leaders for years to come.”

Pierre Brondeau, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, FMC Corporation


"Karol's insight into what behaviors and skills enable leaders to unravel their potential and achieve positive results, along with her 25 years of experience, have been instrumental to me and most of my leadership team’s development. I believe  Behind the Executive Door  to be a must read for all current and aspiring modern leaders."

Moncef Slaoui, Chairman, Research & Development, GlaxoSmithKline

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Emotional intelligence - Executive coaching - Leadership - Management - Management psychology - Manager-employee relationship - Personality type - Pyschometrics

Related subjects » Economics - Organization - Human Resource Management - Personality & Social Psychology

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