The author of Power, Stanford business school professor, and a leading management thinker offers a hard-hitting dissection of the leadership industry and ways to make workplaces and careers work better.
The leadership enterprise is enormous, with billions of dollars, thousands of books, and hundreds of thousands of blogs and talks focused on improving leaders. But what we see worldwide is employee disengagement, high levels of leader turnover and career derailment, and failed leadership development efforts.
In Leadership BS Jeffrey Pfeffer shines a bright light on the leadership industry, showing why it's failing and how it might be remade. He sets the record straight on the oft-made prescriptions for leaders to be honest, authentic, and modest; tell the truth; build trust; and take care of others. By calling BS on so many of the stories and myths of leadership, he gives people a more scientific look at the evidence and better information to guide their careers.
Rooted in social science and with practical examples and advice for improving management, Leadership BS encourages listeners to accept the truth and then use facts to change themselves and the world for the better.
©2015 Jeffrey Pfeffer (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
I am an inventor and an entrepreneur. I say what I mean and mean what I say!
it truly is no BS and gets right to the point of how leaders are more do as I say then do as I do because there is no such thing as a true leader only a true storyteller and Illusionist because whatever they say it said only 2 insight emotion and creating effect rather than to express the truth. many are not this way but most are. It goes with the territory.
The leadership industry is full of inspirational, feel-good talk which does not match what the majority of organizational leaders look like. According to Pfeffer, most leaders act out of their own self-interest and are rarely held accountable for bad behavior. Individuals and organizations should recognize this and plan accordingly. Organizations should be made less leader-dependent, balances of power created, metrics and reward systems put in place that assume leaders act out of self-interest.
Don't choose this book if you can't face the realities of leadership and success. A real and sometimes hard to swallow account of leadership theory.
Many are unsatisfied at work due to situations that seem contradictory and on one cannot put the finger on. I now "get it" after listing to this audio book. This is a must read if you want to grow in your career, and it's also the beginning of a path to happiness and self fulfillment at work, where we spend so many of our waking hours. It's a must read if you're frustrated and confused with work dynamics.
I enjoyed the fact that his approach is to look at things scientifically, which leads to some good facts. At times I felt the book was getting a little political, but I suppose that's also what it teaches leaders to be. I would be very interested in meeting the author in person and discussing the topics with him.
I started the book with great hesitation: is it just a cynic preaching cynicism? No. It is a book on the realities of life and what you will have to face if you want to climb certain highs. It seems that the only way to avoid these problems is thru entrepreneurship... And still, be mindful of the coup... Very good book, excellent narration .
Pfeffer just did it again. This should be mandatory reading for everyone in business or any managerial role.
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