Why macho leadership still thrives. (2016)
“…Today’s macho culture can only continue at the cost of rising conflict, health problems and increasing numbers of people facing a warped and debilitating existence.”
Ray Williams, executive coach and author
Psychology Today, 13 April 2016
“Global economic uncertainty and the spike in terrorism has created a resurgence of the populist attraction to authoritarianism and male “macho” leaders. This trend is evident both in politics and in business.
“In the workplace, this trend is reflected in the continuing prevalence of charismatic, male business leaders who are seen as dominating, forceful and aggressive. Their profile often is replete with an admiration for workaholism, winning at all costs, narcissism and ruthless business practices…..
“In an article entitled ‘The Curse of the Superstar CEO’ in Harvard Business Review, Rakesh Khurana argues there is a quasi-religious belief in the powers of charismatic leaders is problematic for a number of reasons. First, he says, faith exaggerates the impact that CEOs have on companies. Second, the idea that CEOs must be charismatic leaders means companies overlook many promising candidates. The rise of charismatic leaders Khurana contends, coincides with the emergence of an almost religious conception of business, exemplified by the appearance of words such as “mission,” “vision,” and “values” in the corporate lexicon…..
“…Today’s uncivilized culture fueled by macho male leaders can only continue at the cost of rising conflict, health problems and increasing numbers of people facing a warped and debilitating existence.”
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