Leadership Warts And All

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Leadership Warts And All

  1. 1. Leadership Warts And All By Barbara kellerman
  2. 2. <ul><li>Most of the hugely successful scholars argue, that effective leaders are persons of merit </li></ul><ul><li>If most leaders were worthy people, it would be easy to understand why we accentuate the positive </li></ul><ul><li>New York times wryly quipped, it now “ takes a sore card to keep up with corporate scandals in America.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Leaders Weren’t Always Nice <ul><li>Consider Machiavelli, a player in fifteenth-and sixteenth-century Florentine politics and often a witness to brutal warfare </li></ul><ul><li>The Prince </li></ul><ul><li>Machiavelli argued that the only truly bad leadership is weak leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Like Machiavelli, the Founding Fathers of the United States had personal experience of bad leadership </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where the Theory Went Wrong <ul><li>Consider Lawrence Summer’s speech, he said, &quot;In this new century, nothing will matter more than the education of future leaders.” </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard’s “Statement of Values,” </li></ul><ul><li>“Aspires… to prepare individuals for life, work, and leadership.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>James MacGregor Burns, A biographer of Franklin Delano Roosevelt </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders create shared meaning, have a distinctive voice have the capacity to adapt, and have integrity </li></ul>
  6. 6. What We Can Learn from Bad Leaders <ul><li>Many a lesson can be learned from business leaders’ blunders </li></ul><ul><li>Howell Raines </li></ul><ul><li>No leader has fallen further faster than Raines </li></ul><ul><li>Rewarding only technical merit and ambition, as Raines did, leads to a distorted kind of management and a lack of checks and balances on the team </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Robert Morgenthau announced the indictment of former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski for allegedly evading more than $1 million in taxes on purchases of fine art </li></ul><ul><li>$6,000 shower curtain, $17,000 traveling toilette box, $1,650 appointment book, and his $15,000 dog-shaped umbrella stand. </li></ul><ul><li>As with Raines, Kozlowski’s strengths and weaknesses were inextricably linked </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Could Kozlowski have had the good side of leadership with the bad? </li></ul><ul><li>Scholars should remind us that leadership is not a moral concept </li></ul>
  9. 9. Thank you <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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