Productive Leaders

Ph.D., CSP, CDR, US Navy Ret.,
CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame


Why Leaders Fail – Testimonials

“Leadership is at times misunderstood.  Why Leaders Fail explains the key traits needed to lead at a higher level and unleash the power of your people.”
– Garry Ridge, CEO, WD-40 Company & co-author of Helping People Win at Work

“Why Leaders Fail is a fantastic handbook for helping leaders stay on course, set the example, and develop the next generation of leaders. It’s a ‘must have’ for succession planning. Great job, Peter and Mary!”
– Lee Ellis, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret), Author, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, POW 1967-1973

“This book is timely and timeless! Absolutely true and relevant! Thank you, Peter and Mary for exposing the blind spots of today’s leader and giving a practical blueprint to be great!  It helped and inspired me as I am sure it will do for many others.”
– David Horsager, Researcher, Strategist, and Best-selling author of The Trust Edge

“Great leaders need this book to be even better!”
– Patrick Allmond, Business and Technology Thought Leader 

“Peter and Mary have employed years of experience to create a wonderful tutorial in becoming the best leader you can be.”
– Donald B. Kearns, MD, President and CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego

“This powerful, practical book shows you how to maximize your strengths, minimize your weakness, and become the excellent leader you are meant to be.”
– Brian Tracy, Author, How the Best Leaders Lead

“Concise and comprehensive – “Why Leaders Fail” is the go-to source showing leadership pitfalls and how to avoid them. This book is the keystone to being the type of leader you would want to work for.”
– Skip Trahan, Captain US Navy

“Want to be a successful business or military leader? Read this book. Of the thousands of leadership books, only Kelly and Stark pinpoint why people in leadership roles so often fail.  A MUST READ!”
– Steven Pressfield, Best-selling author, The War of Art and Gates of Fire

“Why Leaders Fail cuts to the chase and presents the top reasons leadership falls short. Kelly and Stark provide multiple examples of leadership styles through case studies and research, and then provide remedies for how to fix what’s broken. The book gets to the point and doesn’t leave the reader wading in text, and the authors provide clear recommendations and resolutions for avoiding and/or fixing each leadership failure. A straight-forward, valuable read for those who lead, those who want to lead, and those who want to lead even better.”
– Jill Schiefelbein, The Dynamic Communicator

“This book is the Sun Tzu’s Art of War for leadership. In the asymmetrical war of the business world “Why Leaders Fail” is a weapon you must have to win.”
– Chris Heiser, Deputy Chief, San Diego City Fire & Rescue