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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It) Hardcover – March 12, 2019
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"Each of this year's best business books on talent and leadership is distinguished by startlingly specific diagnoses and descriptions of the roots of our leadership crisis. In the best among them, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University, persuasively argues that today's "epidemic of bad leadership" is caused by a surplus of incompetent men whose flaws perversely enable them to rise to the top." -- strategy+business magazine
Named a Financial Times Business Book of the Month
Named one of "14 business books everyone will be reading in 2019" -- Business Insider
Advance Praise for Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (And How to Fix It):
Cindy Gallop, founder and CEO, IfWeRanTheWorld--
"The single most important book on leadership of our time. This insightful, innovative, original perspective is an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to identify the best leaders for their business and to be the best leaders they can be themselves--men and women alike. This book is now going to be my go-to gift for everyone I know, in business and in life."
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, bestselling author, Seven Steps to Leading a Gender-Balanced Business--
"This wonderful book illustrates how gender balance is a lever for higher business performance. A delightfully honest manifesto to transform traditional, underperforming, overconfident male standards of leadership into something that actually delivers, inspires, and engages. Brilliant and timely."
Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School--
"As the title--Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?--suggests, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic has written a lively and provocative book. For anyone with an interest in leadership, and in gender differences as they might particularly pertain, the issues he raises and the conclusions he reaches will provide good grist for their collective mill.”
About the Author
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is the Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, a professor of business psychology at University College London and at Columbia University, and an associate at Harvard's Entrepreneurial Finance Lab.
Author social media/website info: drtomascp.com, @drtcp
- Publisher : Harvard Business Review Press (March 12, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1633696324
- ISBN-13 : 978-1633696327
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author makes some good arguments about why some (maybe most) men are able to climb the career ladder. Without spoiling the book, I will say that I liked the emphasis on EQ, AI, and other methods that can be applied to select better leaders.
The problems I had with the book are Chamorro-Premuzic's references to "science" studies and Freudian concepts. You'll see these pop up as you're reading, so be skeptical when the author make certain assertions as being concrete facts. Also, there are some over generalizations throughout.
As he later explains, "it's not just gender bias that holds competent women back from leadership and allows incompetent men to float to the top. It's a fundamental disconnect between actual leadership talent and our assumptions about it. There is a world of difference between the personality traits and behaviors it takes to be [begin italics] chosen [end italics] and the traits and skills you need to [begin italics] be able [end italics] to lead effectively."
Chamorro-Premuzic wrote this book in order to identify the key qualities that cause people to become incompetent leaders -- and, conversely, good leaders. These are among the passages of greatest interest and value to me, also listed to suggest the scope of his coverage:
o The difference between competence and confidence (Pages 20-22)
o The Prevalence of overconfidence (22-29)
o The dangers of overconfidence (33-37)
o Spotting narcissism at work (42-44)
o Why narcissists are more likely to become leaders (45-47)
o Why men are more likely to be narcissists (sorry guys, it's just science) Pages 48-50)
o Why narcissists don't make good leaders (50-55)
o Why we love psychopaths (56-59)
o When psychopaths lead (59-63)
o Spotting psychopaths before you promote them (63-66)
o The charisma allure (70-74)
o The dark side of charisma (78-83)
o How EQ helps (women) at work (90-93)
o Intellectual social, and psychological capital (106-112)
o Leadership intent: personality in the right place (115-121)
o Measuring intellectual capital (129-132)
o Measuring new talent signals, or the promise of new technologies (137-144)
o Six data-driven lessons in leadership development (148-161)
o Evaluating leaders' impact is still incredibly difficult (165-168)
o How we can do better (171-176)
Those who supervise leadership development programs as well as those who participate in them would be well-advised to keep this observation by Theodore Roosevelt clearly in mind: "People won't care what leaders know until they know how much they care."
Chamorro-Premuzic's concluding remarks include these: "If we want better and more effective organizations and societies, we first and foremost need to improve the quality of our leaders. Compelling evidence suggests that leadership is more likely to improve if we start drawing more heavily from the female talent pool, especially if we understand that women most likely to drive positive change look quite different from the typical leaders we have today, irrespective of gender. But even more critically, we must put in place much bigger obstacles for the disproportionate glut of incompetent men who are so adept at becoming leaders, to everyone's peril."
Whatever their size and nature may be, all organizations need effective leaders at all levels and in all areas of the given enterprise. It is estimated that in 2018, U.S. companies spent about $20-BILLION on leadership development programs that involve earning business degrees, onsite classrooms and workshops, and self-directed instruction. The meager ROI is in large measure explained by what James O'Toole so aptly characterizes as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny if custom." Sour old wine in new bottles still tastes like old wine.
My take on all this is that the quality of an organization is best measured by the quality of its leaders. They must be carefully selected and then held accountable to much higher standards. I wholly agree with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic: "Putting more women in leadership roles [who then act like incompetent men] does not necessarily improve the quality of leadership, whereas putting more talented leaders into leadership roles will increase the representation of women."