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The allure of toxic leaders : why we follow destructive bosses and corrupt politicians--and how we can survive them

Author: Jean Lipman-Blumen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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"Toxic leaders - such as Ken Lay at Enron or Al Dunlap ("Chainsaw Al") at Sunbeam, or Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia - have always been with us, and many books explain what makes them tick. But in The Allure of Toxic Leaders, Jean Lipman-Blumen explains what makes followers tick, exploring why we tolerate - and remain steadfastly loyal to - leaders who are destructive to their organizations, their employees, their  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lipman-Blumen, Jean.
Allure of toxic leaders.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)654623465
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Lipman-Blumen
ISBN: 0195166345 9780195166347 0195312007 9780195312003
OCLC Number: 55502554
Description: xii, 303 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. The big picture --
1. Toxic leaders : they're plentiful --
pt. II. Leaders, leaders, why do we all want leaders? --
2. Within ourselves : psychological needs that make us seek leaders --
3. Deeper within ourselves : angst and illusions about life, death, and immortality --
4. A world of uncertainties and change ; a world of certainties and stability --
5. Leadership in crisis : the dangers of creating God --
6. An unfinished and unfinishable world : self-esteem, the achievement ethic, and the call to heroism --
pt. III. How we create willing followers and toxic leaders --
7. Rationalizations and control myths : keeping toxic leaders in power --
8. Pushing nontoxic leaders over the line --
9. The odd couple : the media and boards of directors --
pt. IV. Liberating ourselves from the allure of toxic leaders --
10. Is there any silver lining? Can any good come from tolerating a toxic leader? --
11. What are our choices? How can we deal with toxic leaders? --
12. Detecting the early signs of toxicity in noble visions and leaders --
13. Freeing ourselves from toxic leaders : nurturing reluctant leaders and finding the leader within.
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From "charming rascals" to cynical despots, this book explores why we follow "toxic leaders" and how to avoid their devastating embrace.  Read more...

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