The psychopath leader

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A great episode of BBC’s Horizon hints that business leaders may feature 4x more psychopaths than the average population – up to one in 25 – just might explain why some leaders have driven banks and other firms to keep doing things everyone knows are dumb, messing things up for the rest of us in the process. I guess we each have our own examples – I worked with one in academia too!

The programme reviewed basic findings about psychopathy [I ...

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Leadership and strategy

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Seeing our bankers grilled by politicians for gross failure highlights a confusion we see much of – an implied assumption that great leadership is the same as great strategic management.  Most telling for me was that of the 6 banking heads challenged by MPs in the UK, half had no significant industry experience! There is a big difference between knowing what’s best to do and inspiring others to do it – and being good at the second but useless at ...

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