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Bad Leadership Book Review

  1. 1. BAD LEADERSHIP By BARBARA KELLERMANWhat It Is,How It Happens,Why It Matters.Compiled by-Siddhant Agarwal
  2. 2. CONTENTS• Part One – The Bad Side (The claiming of and reasons for the BAD side)• Part Two – Leading Badly (The symptoms of being a BAD leader)• Part Three – From Bad to Better (The cost, benefits and corrections to transfer from a BAD to a BETTER leader)
  3. 3. PREFACE• In the book, Barbara Kellerman portrays leadership in dark shades of the human nature.• It explains the reasons and how the exercise of power, authority and influence can cause harm.• How a leader is alone not responsible for the carelessness and neglect. Though not deliberate, this does not make it less injurious.• It suggests how this book can be used to become an effecting leader not by just ignoring bad leadership, but rather attacking it as a disease which can be fatal and sometimes deadly.• Finally, it explains how to maximize good leadership and minimize BAD leadership.
  4. 4. The Bad Side• Bad leaders often satisfy our most basic human needs like safety, simplicity, and certainty.• It may simply be in their best (selfish) interests to go with the flow.• Not following may entail risk and certainly requires courage. There is a dark side of the human condition. It paints leadership in shades of gray—and in black. - Barbara Kellerman
  5. 5. The Reasons• Bad Leaders- The want for power, influence, aggressiveness, greed for more money and success etc.• Bad Followers- Followers are equally to be blamed for the growth of Bad Leaders. The Individual and Group needs which are satisfied by Bad Leaders are the main cause of the group following Bad Leaders, and thus becoming Bad Followers themselves.
  6. 6. Leading Badly: Ineffective Leadership (Types of BAD Leadership)• Incompetent- This means that the leader and atleast some of his followers lack the skill and will to sustain effective action and lack of positive change.• Rigid- The leader may be stiff and unyielding to different situations. They may be competent, but are unwilling to adapt to new ideas, new information or changing times.• Intemperate- The leader may lack self-control and is aided and abetted by followers who are unwilling or unable to effectively intervene.
  7. 7. Unethical Leadership• Collous- The leader is uncaring or unkind. Ignored and discounted are the needs, wants, and wishes of most members of the group or organization, especially subordinates.• Corrupt- The leader lies, cheats, or steals. To a degree that exceeds the norm, he puts self-interest ahead of the public interest.• Insular- The leader minimizes or disregards the health and welfare of those outside the group or organization for which he is directly responsible.• Evil- The leader commits atrocities. They use pain as an instrument of power. The harm can be physical, psychological or both.
  8. 8. From Bad to Better (Costs and Benefits)• Bad Leadership incurs costs not only at the level of the individual but also at the level of the group. The damages are both short term and long term and are very high.• The Benefits of becoming better is that Leadership is dynamic process, so the bad that has been done can be mended as soon as possible to avoid further damages.
  9. 9. Corrections and Improvements -Leaders-• Limiting the tenure.• Sharing Power.• Getting real and Staying real.• Working on Strengths and Manners.• Working on Vision, Value, Verve, Prescience Common Sense, Flexibility and Adaptability.• Managing all Resources.• Staying balanced.• Being reflective.
  10. 10. Corrections and Improvements -Followers-• Empowering oneself.• Be loyal to everyone.• Be skeptical.• Take a stand.• Paying attention.• Find ones own sources for information.• Taking action for any wrong done.
  11. 11. About the Author• Barbara Kellerman is Research Director of the Centre for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is a pioneer in the field of leadership studies and has held professorships at the likes of George Washington Universities. She has received her M.A in European Studies as well as her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.