Leadership Development

August 10, 2006

“The Allure of Toxic Leaders”

Filed under: Uncategorized — leaderdev @ 4:55 am

Here’s a thought, why do we continue to follow and support bad leaders when their ideas and belief system are not only repellant but also dangerous and destructive to the corporate body?

In this book written by Jean Lipman-Blumen, we explore the reasons as to why smart people choose to follow crap leaders. If anything, at least its an entertaining read into the sordid lives of failed leaders 🙂

From the book-jacket:

“Toxic leaders – such as Ken Lay at Enron or Al Dunlap (“Chainsaw Al”) at Sunbeam, or Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia – have always been with us, and many books explain what makes them tick. But in The Allure of Toxic Leaders, Jean Lipman-Blumen explains what makes followers tick, exploring why we tolerate – and remain steadfastly loyal to – leaders who are destructive to their organizations, their employees, their nations, and their constituents.”


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