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In a "success-only" world, there in not much room to fail. Companies press forward with an outright aversion to risk and failure resulting in even greater pressure to perform and a rigidity in which we can barely breathe. But what happens when the inevitable crash-and-burn actually comes? If we are not prepared, if leaders have not learned how to fail and deal with the consequences of massive failures, the company, not just the leader's career, is at stake. Most leadership skills are learned in traditional development by layering one skill on top of another. Layer by layer, leaders and executives build up to the complex competencies that form the backbone of their leadership. But perhaps the most powerful competencies are those learned on the other side of intense failure. While learning from our successes may feel good there are not many great or memorable lessons. However when we fail, we often dissect and study those mistakes finding valuable lessons through the inspection process. And then there are those humbling and crushing failures that literally feel like the world has come crashing down around you. Failure may not be the end of the line - in fact it may be the starting point for true leadership. Leadership Gold is a mash-up of the wisdom of the great spiritual sages and the contemporary wisdom of the lessons of experience. With a foundation in the classic text The Dark Night of the Soul, the author first translates the spiritual lessons into a postmodern, secular parlance before extracting the gold nuggets that may be found hidden in the dark corners.