CHAPTER 3

Don't Blame the Boss

The amount of effort devoted to changing the behavior of leaders dwarfs that aimed at team building. It includes a vast army of consultants, an ocean of academic literature, and an unending stream of popular books and articles about the ways leaders can improve themselves. A search on the term leadership on Amazon.com produced over 67,000 titles—more than twice as many as for the word profit.

It has always struck me as odd that as executives achieve higher levels of success in an organization, the pressure only increases on them to change aspects of their leadership style—often those very aspects that got them to their current roles in the first place.

The behavioralists find the leverage irresistible—given ...

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