CEO characteristics to spot and avoid
They are right and everybody else is wrong
They want to be the centre of attention
Their mood swings create business swings
- Excessive caution
They can't make important decisions
- Habitual distrust
They focus on the negatives all the time
They disengage and disconnect from staff
They think it is fun to be different just for the sake of it
- Passive resistance
Their silence is misinterpreted as agreement
They get the little things right even if the big things go wrong
- Eagerness to please
They stress that being popular matters most
The different types of CEO oddball
The aberrant leader demonstrates two traits: unusualness but also a departure from acceptable standards. Think asking the PA to go down the corner to buy the coke.
The mild version is anti-social in the way selfish people are, but the full-blown believers display downright delinquent behavior, such as uncontrollable tantrums.
- Dark Triad
They've got the lot: lords of arrogance, duplicity and emotional coldness, whose brightness masks their bullying. To adepts of the dark triad, relationships are for losers.
Believing their own hype and their supine followers, these deviate from the path and are then unable to move forward. Often linked to the next word in the dictionary, deranged.
Teamwork is for ants, what this company needs is the smack of firm government and no-nonsense clarity from the top. Whinge all you like, at least I get things done.
Used by historians to describe a particular leadership style. Long gone are the days when a CEO steered his company onto the rocks and bailed out before it sank.
This implies the absence of something required rather than the presence of something not required. Such leaders' passivity can be as damaging as overt destructive behaviour.
The creatively vicious business leader, while rare, is not confined to episodes of Dallas. Maliciously causing pain to staff or damage to assets is par for their course.
Strong but destructive leaders feed on immature, vulnerable followers, creating a toxic dynamic where selfish or fatalistic staff reinforce a leader's corporate violence.
Tyrannical leaders show arbitrary, oppressive and unjust behavior. They tend to usurp power and brutally oppress those they command. Think Julius Caesar in pinstripes.
Order The Elephant in the Boardroom by Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology at University College, London, and published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Source: Management Today.