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Developing and Using Executive Authority by MIT Sloan Management Review

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Putting an End to Leaders’ Self-Serving Behavior

Although we might hope that leaders in business environments will embrace their decision-making responsibilities with a clear head and an open heart, empirical research has shown otherwise. Instead, business leaders are often selfish. Access to resources in many organizations is a moving target, leaving many managers feeling protective of what’s theirs. And when they take more than their fair share — extra resources for themselves at the expense of others — they often do it because they honestly think they are entitled to these resources and believe they have earned the right to take more.

Where does this kind of entitlement come from?

As I’ve tried to reconcile ...

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