April 19, 2021
4:00 pm Pacific/7:00 pm Eastern
Please join us virtually on April 19, 2021 for a conversation with former GE CEO Jeff Immelt for his brand new book, Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company (Publish Date: February 23, 2021). This event will be streamed on our YouTube channel (YouTube.com/ReaganFoundation), and pre-signed copies of his book can be purchased on our website. To register for the event, please click here.
Hot Seat is a memoir of successful leadership in times of crisis by the former CEO of General Electric who was named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s. In the book he shares the hard-won lessons he learned from his experience leading GE immediately after 9/11, through the economic devastation of the 2008–09 financial crisis, and into an increasingly globalized world.
In Hot Seat, Immelt offers a rigorous, candid interrogation of himself and his tenure, detailing for the first time his proudest moments and his biggest mistakes. The most crucial component of leadership, he writes, is the willingness to make decisions. But knowing what to do is a thousand times easier than knowing when to do it. Perseverance, combined with clear communication, can ensure progress, if not perfection, he says. That won’t protect any CEO from second-guessing, but Immelt explains how he’s pushed through even the most withering criticism: by staying focused on his team and the goals they tried to achieve. As the business world continues to be rocked by stunning economic upheaval, Hot Seat is an urgently needed, and unusually raw, source of authoritative guidance for decisive leadership in uncertain times.