Frequently, I’m asked if a derailed executive can stage a comeback. The answer is yes, but it is difficult. Robert Nardelli derailed as Home Depot’s CEO and then again a few years later at Chrysler. He didn’t make it back, but Ms. Fiorina displays many indications that she became a stronger person through the challenges she faced.
A knowledgeable friend told me that Ms. Fiorina has undergone a profound personal transformation rooted in her faith, which has smoothed off the rough edges of her leadership style. Her extensive leadership experience in running a huge global corporation, and her command of both domestic and international issues make her a formidable candidate. And, it seems like her personal likability has grown as well.
Most of us have had significant setbacks in our lives and careers. Adversity has the potential to deplete our ambition, but it also gives us the opportunity to develop a stronger core. Regardless of how we might feel about her political views or how far in the presidential race Fiorina goes, she is a great example of someone who has worked on her core and experienced a personal resurgence. We should do the same.
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