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Bad Leadership : What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters - Barbara Kellerman

Bad Leadership

What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters

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How is Saddam Hussein like Tony Blair? Or Kenneth Lay like Lou Gerstner? Answer: They are, or were, leaders. Many would argue that tyrants, corrupt CEOs, and other abusers of power and authority are not leaders at all--at least not as the word is currently used. But, according to Barbara Kellerman, this assumption is dangerously naive. A provocative departure from conventional thinking, Bad Leadership compels us to see leadership in its entirety. Kellerman argues that the dark side of leadership--from rigidity and callousness to corruption and cruelty--is not an aberration. Rather, bad leadership is as ubiquitous as it is insidious--and so must be more carefully examined and better understood. Drawing on high-profile, contemporary examples--from Mary Meeker to David Koresh, Bill Clinton to Radovan Karadzic, Al Dunlap to Leona Helmsley--Kellerman explores seven primary types of bad leadership and dissects why and how leaders cross the line from good to bad. The book also illuminates the critical role of followers, revealing how they collaborate with, and sometimes even cause, bad leadership. Daring and counterintuitive, Bad Leadership makes clear that we need to face the dark side to become better leaders and followers ourselves. Barbara Kellerman is research director of the Center for Public Leadership and a lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Introduction : webs of significance
Claiming the bad sidep. 3
Reasons for being badp. 15
Making meaning of being badp. 29
Incompetentp. 51
Rigidp. 75
Intemperatep. 95
Callousp. 119
Corruptp. 147
Insularp. 169
Evilp. 191
Costs and benefitsp. 219
Comments and correctionsp. 229
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ISBN: 9781591391661
ISBN-10: 1591391660
Series: Leadership for the Common Good
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59