Most of us have encountered nasty, negative, narcissists at work. The problem for those who believe in a just world is that often these traits are rewarded rather than punished. The meek do not inherit the earth- the Machiavellians do.
There are around 60-80,000 books on Leadership in the English language and most are on the bright side. The idea of leadership failure and derailment has been brushed under the carpet for far too long and only now are the statistics on the sheer numbers who fail coming out.
Backstabbers. builds on Adrian Furnham's previous title, The Elephant in the Boardroom- The Causes of Leadership Derailment (Palgrave), but provides the latest psychiatric and clinical perspectives on dark side behaviour and leadership failure, including recognizing and coping with over-confident, Schizotypal and Psychopathic leaders. The book will also go beyond the science to explore corporate culture corruption and the nature of corporate crime today. Most importantly, it makes recommendations for avoiding appointing leaders who fail and preventing dark side behavior in the work place.
The dictator, the narcissist, the plain old corrupt - this whistle-stop tour of where leaders go wrong makes a rollercoaster read. -- Rebecca Alexander Management Today At a time when loyalty, honor, and faithfulness seem old fashioned and out of date, the business world couldn't be more in need of this handy guide to identifying and dealing with leaders who are out for themselves more than the greater good. With penetrating insight and a ton of research brought to life with powerful examples, Professor Furnham sheds light on how to prevent a leader's dark side from wreaking havoc on employees and the organization. -- Robert B. Kaiser President, Kaiser Leadership Solutions and Editor, Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research Professor Adrian Furnham has played a pivotal role in highlighting the potential for disaster in even the most successful of people through personality attributes that are generally highly regarded and frequently very effective. His research and numerous publications have brought this important and fascinating topic to the attention of a wide international audience of professionals and to the general public. This very comprehensive and perceptive treatment is a most welcome addition to the literature. -- Dr Geoff Trickey Managing Director, PCL Adrian Furnham is a rare jewel of a psychologist whose natural curiosity and enthusiasm for his subject have driven him throughout his career. In his latest book on the dark side of leadership, his approach is typically comprehensive in coverage and assured in its judgments. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers from scholars, who seek thorough and well-researched treatment of the subject matter, to leaders and HR professionals who need clues about how to deal with the awkward few who dominate their lives and take their time. -- Dr David Pendleton Chairman, Edgecumbe Consulting This is an immensely important book, not just for those who are painfully exposed to cycles of backstabbing and bullying, but in particular for all of us who want our organizations to yield higher returns, resilience, flexibility and sustainability. As Adrian Furnham makes abundantly clear, through examples and statistics, there is growing evidence of a strong relationship between healthy leadership and longer-term stock-market success. Conversely, if any book can help you reflect on (and let go of) your own tendencies towards backstabbing and bullying, or on how you are keeping the bullies and backstabbers in place, then it is this one. -- Professor Erik de Haan Director of the Ashridge Centre for Coaching Many more corporate careers end in failure rather than success. Professor Adrian Furnham has lifted the lid on this crucial area in this comprehensive, deeply researched but also highly readable and entertaining book. -- Dr Gurnek Bains co-founder and Chairman, YSC London The widespread prevalence of managerial incompetence is the dirty little secret in organizational studies. This book provides a timely and briskly written survey of the causes, consequences, and potential remedies of this curse of the working class. Adrian Furnham is unstoppable. -- Professor Robert Hogan Hogan Assessment, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st May 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.5 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1