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Bad Leaders: How to Become More Trustworthy

How do leaders become more trustworthy? I’ve been reflecting on Barbara Kellerman’s book The End of Leadership. Everyone has at one time in their career had to endure a truly bad boss. What can we be aware of to ensure we don’t fall into the trap of becoming an untrustworthy bad leader ourselves? Leaders can […]
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Bad Leadership: Are Followers to Blame?

Are we flawed as followers? Is bad leadership partly due to people who follow blindly along without questioning, without being  engaged enough to care? Could employees have done anything to stop or at least slow the financial debacle of 2008? With so many corporate leaders in disrepute, what can be done about bad leadership? Perhaps […]
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The Diminishing of Leadership Power

Until only recently, we presumed that leaders should dominate and followers must do as they’re told. But after several revolutions, labor movements, human-rights legislation and the spread of democracy, the world has radically changed. Along with it, leadership carries less power. Power, authority and influence are in scarce supply for even the most charismatic CEOs, […]
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Bad Leadership: Why Can’t We End It?

Leaders everywhere are in disrepute. What can we do to end bad leadership when our jobs depend on putting up with incompetent or even unethical bosses? “Being a leader has become a mantra. It is a presumed path to money and power; a medium for achievement, both individual and institutional; and a mechanism for creating […]
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Effective Followers: 4 Qualities to Strive For

Robert E. Kelley, in his landmark article for Harvard Business Review, “In Praise of Followers” (1988), describes the behaviors that lead to effective followership. Even though this was written over 20 years ago, the concepts are still relevant for anyone wanting to be more successful at their job. I find that in the new flatter […]
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