The Myth of the Brilliant, Charismatic Leader

The ‘superhero theory’ of leadership poses that the individual vision, charisma, and brilliance of a CEO makes or breaks a company. That view is dangerous. Just read today’s news for proof—not because CEOs don’t matter or that brains and vision don’t help. It’s dangerous because of what it leaves out. The most effective leaders have knowledge and social skills—specific to their company and industry—that allow them to motivate others in the organization to do what’s necessary to succeed. The evidence is clear that ‘boring management’ matters and it is a source of competitive advantage for the companies that take it seriously. Please reach out to me to discuss how to avoid the superhero syndrome and focus on the management style and skills appropriate for your company.

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