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Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? (and how to fix it)

By: Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston Harvard Business Review Press 2019Description: 218 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9781633696327.Subject(s): Men - Psychology | Sex role in the work environment | Success in business | Women executives | Male domination - Social structure | LeadershipDDC classification: 306.3615 Summary: Look around your office. Turn on the TV. Incompetent leadership is everywhere, and there's no denying that most of these leaders are men. In this timely and provocative book, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic asks two powerful questions: Why is it so easy for incompetent men to become leaders? And why is it so hard for competent people--especially competent women--to advance? Marshaling decades of rigorous research, Chamorro-Premuzic points out that although men make up a majority of leaders, they underperform when compared with female leaders. In fact, most organizations equate leadership potential with a handful of destructive personality traits, like overconfidence and narcissism. In other words, these traits may help someone get selected for a leadership role, but they backfire once the person has the job. When competent women--and men who don't fit the stereotype--are unfairly overlooked, we all suffer the consequences. The result is a deeply flawed system that rewards arrogance rather than humility, and loudness rather than wisdom. There is a better way. With clarity and verve, Chamorro-Premuzic shows us what it really takes to lead and how new systems and processes can help us put the right people in charge. https://hbr.org/product/why-do-so-many-incompetent-men-become-leaders-and-how-to-fix-it/10215-HBK-ENG
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Table of contents:

Why most leaders are inept --
Confidence disguised as competence --
Why bad guys win --
The charisma myth --
The female advantage --
What good leaders look like --
Learning to distrust our instincts --
How leaders get better --
Measuring a leader's impact.

Look around your office. Turn on the TV. Incompetent leadership is everywhere, and there's no denying that most of these leaders are men. In this timely and provocative book, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic asks two powerful questions: Why is it so easy for incompetent men to become leaders? And why is it so hard for competent people--especially competent women--to advance? Marshaling decades of rigorous research, Chamorro-Premuzic points out that although men make up a majority of leaders, they underperform when compared with female leaders. In fact, most organizations equate leadership potential with a handful of destructive personality traits, like overconfidence and narcissism. In other words, these traits may help someone get selected for a leadership role, but they backfire once the person has the job. When competent women--and men who don't fit the stereotype--are unfairly overlooked, we all suffer the consequences. The result is a deeply flawed system that rewards arrogance rather than humility, and loudness rather than wisdom. There is a better way. With clarity and verve, Chamorro-Premuzic shows us what it really takes to lead and how new systems and processes can help us put the right people in charge.

https://hbr.org/product/why-do-so-many-incompetent-men-become-leaders-and-how-to-fix-it/10215-HBK-ENG

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