Leadership BS
A review of

Leadership BS

Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time


Work As It Is

by David Meyer

Best-selling management expert Jeffrey Pfeffer knocks the stars out of your eyes in this hard-nosed, cynical breakdown of management myths.

Jeffrey Pfeffer – since 1979 the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and author or co-author of 14 books – is among the world’s foremost management experts. With credentials like those, you might not expect Pfeffer to be an hilarious, cynical, hard-nosed debunker of management-expert truisms – but he is.

From his first paragraph, Pfeffer stakes out his ground in no uncertain terms: Legends and heroic stories, he says, cannot generate real change. He finds that current, widely held notions about leadership derive mostly from wishing they were so – not from empirical data. Pfeffer impatiently rejects the current vogue that claims the best leaders are the most compassionate. Amusingly, he argues that narcissistic leaders pose less of an obstacle to success than does the fantasy that collaboration and charitable behavior fuel success.


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    A. M. 5 years ago
    That is an excellent piece of work. Managers should read more of these books than "wishful-thinking" literature.