The Problem With Hard-charging Leaders
Sometimes, being too decisive can rub people the wrong way
Decisiveness: I’m for it.
Leaders take on difficult roles because they’re expected to be firm and considered decisionmakers for their organizations. But there are distinctions to how leaders arrive at and express their decisions. And how they handle those decisions can have consequences.
In a recent article in Scientific American, Duke University Business School scholar Hemant Kakkar and London Business School scholar Niro Sivanathan shared findings from research they coauthored on how different leadership styles affect employees. “Dominant” leaders—those who behave authoritatively, with little outside input—tend to generate hypercompetitive, zero-sum mindsets among employees.
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