Behind the Executive Door

Unexpected Lessons for Managing Your Boss and Career

  • Karol M. Wasylyshyn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Understanding the Behavior of Business Leaders

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  3. Applying the Understanding of Business Leader Behavior

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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 151-174
  5. Understanding the Behavior of Business Leaders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  6. Applying the Understanding of Business Leader Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-74

About this book


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


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

Authors and affiliations

  • Karol M. Wasylyshyn
    • 1
  1. 1.PhiladelphiaUSA

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