The Leadership Killer

There are plenty of leadership how-to books, filled with advice such as “Just do this to get ahead!” Lots of books tell you how to become a leader, this book tells you how to stay successful once you’ve gotten into a leadership role.

The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in an Age of Arrogance aims to help aspiring, early-stage, and experienced leaders alike answer a critical question:

“How will I use my leadership power?”

Co-authored by globally renowned author and executive development trainer Bill Treasurer and retired U.S. Navy SEAL Captain John Havlik, this book unites civilian and military experiences to explore precisely why some good leaders go bad, so you can avoid their mistakes. With decades worth of insight drawn from leading elite military special operations teams, global companies and organizations, The Leadership Killer includes insightful stories and actionable strategies for becoming, and more importantly, staying, a more effective, confident and humble leader.

The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in an Age of Arrogance  exposes hubris, the single most lethal leadership flaw. Being a good leader doesn’t require being a bad person, and if you know what to look out for, Treasurer and Havlik point out, you can keep your ego and hubris in check and become (and stay) a leader who is effective, successful, and good.



Bill Treasurer, co-author of The Leadership Killer

Bill Treasurer is the founder of Giant Leap Consulting and author of five books on courage and leadership, including the international bestseller, Courage Goes to Work. Giant Leap has led over 1,000 leadership programs across the world for clients that include NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, and eBay. Treasurer is a former member of the U.S. High Diving Team, and attended West Virginia University on a full athletic scholarship.


Captain John Havlik

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.



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    What People Are Saying

    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, Navy SEAL (Retired), Founder/CEO, TRX

    The Leadership Killer is an important book for this moment in history, and it should be read by every leader who wishes not only to achieve success but also to sustain it over time.

    ~ Jim Kouzes, Co-Author of The Leadership Challenge

    In a world where leadership seems to be about who is the loudest and most outlandish, Bill Treasurer’s and John Havlik’s new book, The Leadership Killer, reminds us that humility and integrity still is, and always will be, what matters most.

    ~ Mark Divine, U.S. Navy SEAL Commander (Retired), Founder and CEO of SEALFIT, NYT bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind

    If you are embarking on a journey to leadership, you must read this book. Even the best leaders succumb to the trappings of power, thinking their way is the best and only way.

    ~ Dr. Marcia Reynolds, author of The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs

    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, The Thinkers 50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World

    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.

    ~ Ambassador Kristie Kenney (Retired), Former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, the Philippines and Ecuador

    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.

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

    The Leadership Killer is the literary equivalent of a super tough workout or a day of SEAL training. It forces you to re-examine your ‘why’ and push past your limits. Bill Treasurer and John Havlik wrote a book every leader must read.

    ~ Rear Admiral Kerry Metz, USN (Retired), Former SEAL and first Commander of Special Operations Command North

    The best leaders know that humility and approachability are as important as balance sheets and strategic planning. Maybe more so. Bill Treasurer and John Havlik provide a valuable resource on what every leader should know, embrace, and practice if they want to be successful in the most meaningful way.

    ~ Tony Bingham, President and CEO, the Association for Talent Development

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