The FIRED Leader
Reinventing the Future of Leadership
by Paul McCarthy
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Pub Date 28 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 08 Dec 2023
To survive disruption, organizations need disruptive leaders.
So they hire them. And then they ﬁre them.
It’s the open secret everyone in the leadership industry knows but nobody is addressing: leadership culture is toxic, and leadership systems have failed. Publicly, organizations say they want leaders to be innovative thinkers who challenge the status quo. Privately, conventional leadership culture wants nothing of the sort. Leaders deemed as ‘a bad culture ﬁt’ quickly ﬁnd themselves marginalized, ostracized, and even exorcised. The qualities that get them hired are the ones that get them ﬁred. Yet, these rebels and nonconformists often embody the very leadership qualities that organizations so desperately need to navigate disruption and adapt to the “new normal” of constant change.
Radically refreshing and practical, this book identiﬁes ﬁve leadership qualities (F.I.R.E.D. Leadership™) that are key to tomorrow’s leadership success and oﬀers a step-by-step blueprint to show organizations how to integrate these ﬁve crucial qualities into their current leadership identiﬁcation, recruitment, onboarding, and development processes.
'Exactly what we need to ﬁx our broken leaders.’- Whitney Johnson
‘A necessary read for anyone wanting to lead bravely.’ John Spence
Leadership maverick Paul McCarthy shows organizations how to reframe how they view their troublemakers, agitators, rebels, oddballs and shit-stirrers – to see the hidden leadership qualities driving those behaviors, and why they need them so desperately.
It is challenging to write in just a few sentences how important and impactful this book is. Leadership is broken and we must find a way to fix it. Fortunately, Paul McCarthy has the answer. His F.I.R.E.D. framework is precisely what is required to create the new generation of leaders our world so desperately needs. If you want to be successful as a leader, you must read this book. - John Spence, one of the top business and leadership experts in the world
The F.I.R.E.D. Leader is a refreshing departure from the usual leadership rhetoric. In a landscape cluttered with complex theories, this book offers a straightforward yet profound approach to leadership. Rather than drowning readers in buzzwords and jargon, it presents five fundamental qualities that should underpin leadership. Paul’s emphasis on authenticity, lateral thinking, and accountability aligns perfectly with what effective leadership truly means. The book's insights on challenging the status quo, fostering collaboration, and promoting open dialogue within teams are invaluable. If you're looking for a practical guide to leadership that resonates with authenticity, this is a must read. - Marshall Goldsmith. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Earned Life, Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
I’ve met few people who are as bold as Paul McCarthy in shining a light on the systemic failures of what currently passes for “leadership development". McCarthy outlines these failures in stark detail and goes further to propose a radically different and yet simple way of finding and growing the sort of leaders that are needed in a world of accelerating change, demanding customers, and skeptical employees. Anyone who cares about the future of leadership should read this book. - Professor Gary Hamel, London Business School