The Enron and Kozlowski examples are extreme cases, but (sadly) not as surprising as they should be. As a society, we are accustomed to leaders with big egos, and we often expect them to act in selfabsorbed ways. In fact, we almost believe they should display a certain degree of swagger. The truth is that most of us like a little bit of rock star in our leaders. We respond to their magnetism, their celebrity. Unfortunately, a variety of research shows that by placing too much emphasis on these other qualities and not enough on integrity, we are doing ourselves a great disservice. Leaders who possess integrity get results, and the organizations they lead consistently outperform the rest.

From a commonsense standpoint, ...

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