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The New SuperLeadership by Henry Sims, Charles Manz

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image Chainsaw Al— SuperLeader Not!

Abhishek Srivastava

In 30 years of corporate life, Albert J. Dunlap acquired nicknames such as “Chainsaw Al,” “Rambo in Pinstripes,” and “The Shredder,” which aptly characterized his leadership as CEO of several companies. He would storm a company that was in distress, slash a significant proportion of its manpower, sell big chunks of its businesses, use this money to reduce debt, improve the stock price, set the company for sale, and move on to other companies—usually becoming richer in the process.

After graduating from West Point and serving three years in the military, Dunlap began his business career as a ...

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