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The Taboos of Leadership: The 10 Secrets No One Will Tell You about Leaders and What They Really Think

Anthony F Smith

Most leaders who make it to the top possess characteristics that are all too human: they have politically incorrect attitudes, are conflicted, and play politics to get their way.

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Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publish Date: 04/01/2007
Pages: 166
ISBN-13: 9780787995829
ISBN-10: 0787995827
Language: English

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October 30, 2007

Today we're happy to host an essay by Dr. Anthony F. Smith, author of The Taboos of Leadership, a book that "reveals the rarely discussed realities of leadership--the secrets that leaders just cannot admit to publicly for fear of losing power, self-respect, or even their jobs. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Most leaders who make it to the top possess characteristics that are all too human: they have politically incorrect attitudes, are conflicted, and play politics to get their way. Written by leading management consultant Anthony F. Smith, The Taboos of Leadership reveals the rarely discussed realities of leadership--the secrets that leaders just cannot admit to publicly for fear of losing power, self-respect, or even their jobs. This revelatory book will help both leaders and followers achieve real understanding and co-create a two-way street culture of openness, trust, and improved performance in their organizations.

The Taboos of Leadership discloses ten guarded secrets that leaders can't discuss, even with their closest constituents, including: charisma shouldn't make a difference . . . but it does; women make better leaders . . . when that's what they really want to do; blatant self-interest is dangerous . . . in followers, not leaders; thou shalt not play favorites with friends and family . . . except when it makes a lot of sense; and more.

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