Monday, July 14, 2008

Rare is the leader without flaws

Manage Mentor
The Powers to Lead
Joseph S. Nye Jr.

Leaders are all too human

Rare is the leader without flaws, writes Joseph S. Nye Jr. in The Powers to Lead. “Leaders are all too human. Sometimes good people do bad things, and vice versa,” he writes in a chapter on ‘good and bad leaders.’ One of the problems, however, in identifying good and bad leaders is the ambiguous way in which people use the word ‘good,’ the author frets. For instance, does ‘good’ mean ‘ethical’ or ‘effective’?


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