Finalist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year
Best business book of the week from Inc.com
The author of Power, Stanford business school professor, and a leading management thinker offers a hard-hitting dissection of the leadership industry and ways to make workplaces and careers work better.
The leadership enterprise is enormous, with billions of dollars, thousands of books, and hundreds of thousands of blogs and talks focused on improving leaders. But what we see worldwide is employee disengagement, high levels of leader turnover and career derailment, and failed leadership development efforts.
In Leadership BS, Jeffrey Pfeffer shines a bright light on the leadership industry, showing why it’s failing and how it might be remade. He sets the record straight on the oft-made prescriptions for leaders to be honest, authentic, and modest, tell the truth, build trust, and take care of others. By calling BS on so many of the stories and myths of leadership, he gives people a more scientific look at the evidence and better information to guide their careers.
Rooted in social science, and will practical examples and advice for improving management, Leadership BS encourages readers to accept the truth and then use facts to change themselves and the world for the better.
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This is not a feel good book. It's a cold-water in the face look at corporate leadership and how it really works. And the picture it shows is ugly. I found that depressing because you'd think that as a whole, mankind looks to get better. And our leaders, presumably, would be at the forefront of helping us to get better. Showing the way, so to speak. Pfeffer's logic and research pops that bubble. Sigh. Important to know, but now I even wonder if we should bother going to church or doing anything aimed at a higher calling. Double-sigh.
Audio quality is fine and the narration straightforward.