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Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

Jeffrey Pfeffer

"'The leadership industry has failed,' charges Stanford Business School professor Pfeffer in this lively critique of a professional discipline driven, according to him, not by wisdom or a desire to foster leadership, but by money. Its precepts, he writes, are 'based more on hope than reality, on wishes rather than data, on beliefs instead of science.' Pfeffer sets out to help his readers rethink leadership by focusing on the root causes of failures in business leadership. Pfeffer counsels readers to look away from the 'inspiration and fables' that glut the market, and to accept that some of those truisms are fallible: authenticity can be overrated, and honesty is not always the best policy for leaders. Pfeffer has taken on an ambitious project, given the uniformity of current thinking on business success, but his bluntness should go a long way toward slaughtering the sacred cows of the leadership industry." --Publishers Weekl

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Book Information

Publisher: HarperBusiness
Publish Date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 9780062383167
ISBN-10: 0062383167
Language: English

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August 13, 2015

One of the few, and maybe the most coveted (there's a substantial payday that come with it) business book awards has announced its longlist. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 05, 2015

Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones talk about how the "old paradigm has flipped" with regards to organizations and employment, and authenticity is an organizational advantage all should tap into. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 10, 2015

Jeffrey Pfeffer's new book is not filled with a whole lot of inspiration, and tells us why those that are can be dangerous. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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"'The leadership industry has failed,' charges Stanford Business School professor Pfeffer in this lively critique of a professional discipline driven, according to him, not by wisdom or a desire to foster leadership, but by money. Its precepts, he writes, are 'based more on hope than reality, on wishes rather than data, on beliefs instead of science.' Pfeffer sets out to help his readers rethink leadership by focusing on the root causes of failures in business leadership. Pfeffer counsels readers to look away from the 'inspiration and fables' that glut the market, and to accept that some of those truisms are fallible: authenticity can be overrated, and honesty is not always the best policy for leaders. Pfeffer has taken on an ambitious project, given the uniformity of current thinking on business success, but his bluntness should go a long way toward slaughtering the sacred cows of the leadership industry." --Publishers Weekl

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