The harder they fall. (2003) Just when they appear to have it all, A-list performers demonstrate uncharacteristic lapses in judgment or personal conduct.
“In their brilliant and rapid ascents, “star” leaders repeatedly demonstrate the intelligence, resourcefulness, and drive to go the distance. They prove adept at overcoming whatever obstacles they encounter
Roderick M. Kramer
Harvard Business Review – The Magazine, October 2003
Throughout the 1990s, our society seemed to have a fetish for aggressive chiefs like Enron’s Kenneth Lay, Tyco’s Dennis Kozlowski, and WorldCom’s Bernard Ebbers.
…the public seemed fascinated with their willingness to flaunt the rules and break from the corporate herd with incredible daring and flair. But like Icarus, they flew too high. Scandal set in, and these once feted and envied leaders found themselves falling hard and fast.
At first glance, the Lays, Kozlowskis, and Ebberses of the world are unlikely candidates for such swift and ignoble falls. In their brilliant and rapid ascents, “star” leaders repeatedly demonstrate the intelligence, resourcefulness, and drive to go the distance. They prove adept at overcoming whatever obstacles they encounter along the way. And they display a dazzling ability to woo investors, enchant employees, and charm the media with their charisma, grandiose visions, and seemingly unlimited strategic acumen.
Yet just when they appear to have it all, these A-list performers demonstrate uncharacteristic lapses in professional judgment or personal conduct.
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