Aspiring slavishly to contemporary ideals is a sure route to failure, according to Graduate School of Business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, writing for Stanford Business.
Can you tick all the boxes on the popular checklist of attributes for successful leaders? Over the past few decades the qualities prescribed by the corporate training industry have focused on authenticity, trustworthiness, modesty, empathy, emotional intelligence and a desire to serve others – especially your employees.
But is there any evidence that this recipe actually works? No, there isn’t, according to Pfeffer – in spite of the billions of dollars spent in the USA each year on management training. The leadership industry is a failure, and the modern workplace remains largely flawed and filled with disgruntled and detached employees.