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The Leadership Shadow

How to Recognize and Avoid Derailment, Hubris and Overdrive

Recognize and avoid the obstacles to success in the world of the high-performing executive with this book.
EAN: 9780749470494
Edition: 1
Published:
Format: 235x155
360 pages

About the book

In today's fast paced, interconnected, and mercilessly competitive business world, senior executives have to push themselves and others hard. Paradoxically, to succeed as leaders, they also need to relate to others very well. Under stress and challenge, the qualities executives have relied on to get them to the top and to achieve outstanding results can overshoot into unhelpful drives that lead to business and personal catastrophes.The Leadership Shadow draws on the lived experience of executives to make sense of what actually happens when their drivers overshoot and they act out the dark side of leadership. It shows how executives can find stability in the face of uncertainty, resilience in the face of gruelling demand, and psychological equilibrium as a leader in the face of turbulence.

About the authors

Professor Erik de Haan is the Director of Ashridge's Centre for Coaching and Professor of Organization Development and Coaching at the VU University Amsterdam. Erik regularly works with a range of universities and multinational companies, including Aegon, BP, Heineken, Nike, Credit Suisse First Boston, Qualcomm and Vodafone. He is a prolific and widely published author.

Anthony Kasozi is Director of Quilibra Consulting and an Associate with Ashridge Consulting who previously worked with Unilever, Deloitte, Haskins and Sells and Coopers & Lybrand. He is a highly experienced management and organization consultant and his clients include HP Services, Novo Nordisk, Masterfoods (Mars),The World Health Organisation, Oxfam, Siemens Financial Services, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, The International Finance Corporation (World Bank), UNAIDs and The Global Fund.


In the crowded field of leadership literature this book stands out for three reasons: (1) it is briskly written and vigorously argued - it is as close to a page turner as one can find in this genre; (2) it is nicely situated in the relevant empirical literature; and (3) it pays close attention to the fact that a large percentage of modern managers are doing a poor job. It is an engaging read that also provides a candid and dependable guide to action.

Professor Adrian Furnham, University College London