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Quast quoted in Wall Street Journal article on why leaders need to recognize their flaws

Louis QuastLou Quast, Ph.D., associate chair in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, "What's in Your Blind Spot? Managers who fail to recognize their flaws jeopardize their chances for advancement." Quast is also the Hellervik/PDI Endowed Chair in Leadership and Adult Career Development. PDI Ninth House is a global leadership solutions company with distinctive expertise in accelerating leadership effectiveness to maximize organizational results.

Many executives risk getting demoted or dismissed because they rate their leadership skills higher than their boss or co-workers do, several recent studies have found. In a 2011 study of 29,231 U.S. managers by PDI Ninth House, such so-called "self promoters" were six times more likely to derail.


"They are cruising for a bruising," warns Louis N. Quast, the study's lead author.

Even those considered high performers by their bosses risk losing promotions or their jobs if they fail to recognize -- and address--their faults, adds Dr. Quast, a University of Minnesota professor of organizational leadership and vice president of PDI Ninth House.

Read the full Wall Street Journal article.

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