3 signs of a lousy "thought leader"

10/27/2009 | Economist (free content), The

Hack leadership writers tend to have three characteristics in common, this article notes. Lousy leadership "gurus" are marked by a tendency to overstate the newness of their ideas, a fondness for naming "model" companies and a willingness to market various "tools" that purport to reduce leadership to a few easy steps. "If management could indeed be reduced to a few simple principles, then we would have no need for management thinkers," the author writes.

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