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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It) PDF, ePub eBook Look around your office. Turn on the TV. Incompetent leadership is everywhere, and there's no denying that most of these leaders are men. In this timely and provocative book, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic asks two powerful questions: Why is it so easy for incompetent men to become leaders? And why is it so hard for competent people--especially competent women--to advance? Marshali Look around your office. Turn on the TV. Incompetent leadership is everywhere, and there's no denying that most of these leaders are men. In this timely and provocative book, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic asks two powerful questions: Why is it so easy for incompetent men to become leaders? And why is it so hard for competent people--especially competent women--to advance? Marshaling decades of rigorous research, Chamorro-Premuzic points out that although men make up a majority of leaders, they underperform when compared with female leaders. In fact, most organizations equate leadership potential with a handful of destructive personality traits, like overconfidence and narcissism. In other words, these traits may help someone get selected for a leadership role, but they backfire once the person has the job. When competent women--and men who don't fit the stereotype--are unfairly overlooked, we all suffer the consequences. The result is a deeply flawed system that rewards arrogance rather than humility, and loudness rather than wisdom. There is a better way. With clarity and verve, Chamorro-Premuzic shows us what it really takes to lead and how new systems and processes can help us put the right people in charge.

30 review for Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It)

  1. 5 out of 5

    L A

    Thanks to Harvard Business Review Press and Netgalley for the advance review copy. Once I read the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. Yes, it’s a little clickbait-y but it’s certain to grab attention and get people talking. In my current role my team and I work to develop leadership skills in our organisation, and we’re often left scratching our heads as to what these should be, how we can develop them and what the barriers to leadership are, particularly for women. This book is quite Thanks to Harvard Business Review Press and Netgalley for the advance review copy. Once I read the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. Yes, it’s a little clickbait-y but it’s certain to grab attention and get people talking. In my current role my team and I work to develop leadership skills in our organisation, and we’re often left scratching our heads as to what these should be, how we can develop them and what the barriers to leadership are, particularly for women. This book is quite unusual as it throws out the “fake it till you make it” advice that is often given to aspiring female leaders and eschews the type of “lean in” approach suggested by Sheryl Sanberg. It is peppered with current examples used to illustrate the points made and covers a wide range of topics current in leadership thinking such as self-awareness, resilience and emotional intelligence. It also touches upon some less discussed themes such as narcissism and psychopathy and argues that for no good reason these traits have been valued for leaders to possess. The book is clearly well researched and draws from a wealth of evidence and studies. Particularly interesting was the research evidence around how there is really very little difference between the genders and the exploration around misunderstandings about confidence vs competence (“Competence is how good you are at something. Confidence is how good you think you are at something”) and how what is traditionally valued in business doesn't actually translate into tangible results and in many cases leads to team dysfunction and poor outcomes. The author argues that for women there is a Catch 22 where “traditional” leadership characteristics such as assertiveness are seen as masculine and unappealing for women to possess yet when women fail to demonstrate these traits they are seen and not having leadership potential. The title will put some people off and anger others, it’s controversial. The book doesn’t really touch much on what the solutions might be, and it makes some bold claims e.g. “the best and most accurate measures of psychological capital are psychometric tests” but it certainly provides a lot of food for thought. If you take a look, you’ll see there is a lot of common sense here. I would particularly recommend this book for those involved in recruitment, leadership development and aspiring leaders both male and female.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Toyin A

    Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic has asked a pertinent question and provided insight on how to fix the issue of incompetent people becoming leaders. Although it focuses on why incompetent men become leaders, he identifies behaviours, traits and characteristics incompetent leaders have that many organisations can spot. These behaviours are seemingly masculine and Tomas investigates why. He also discusses how to pioneer competent leadership and encourage more females to step up - not by encouraging them to be Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic has asked a pertinent question and provided insight on how to fix the issue of incompetent people becoming leaders. Although it focuses on why incompetent men become leaders, he identifies behaviours, traits and characteristics incompetent leaders have that many organisations can spot. These behaviours are seemingly masculine and Tomas investigates why. He also discusses how to pioneer competent leadership and encourage more females to step up - not by encouraging them to be like men, but showing them how to be the competent leader that organisations need. Using the example of Auder Capital, Tomas describes how 2 women who were appalled by their colleagues approach to risk taking launched the company. Instead of blindly copying the status quo, they contributed in their own unique way. But does assertiveness equate to leadership competence? This is a question I kept asking while reading the book. There are many indications that less assertive people are generally relied on to maintain the status quo and not necessarily relied on for pro activeness. After detailing how organisations can crack the formula for effective leadership at the most detailed level, he teaches how to identify better leaders.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diana Dávalos

    Even tough the title may be controversial, this book really talks about the real personality traits a good / competent leader should have independently of gender, ethnicity, etc.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I enjoyed the first part of this book that outlined how many male leaders exhibit problematic qualities that detract from their leadership abilities. I’ve experienced this all too many times so it really resonated. However, I felt the second part of the book lacked any viable solution and all the suggestions seemed pretty off- the author even seems to suggest that more data mined from our online platforms could solve the problem. He even suggests that if one listens to aggressive music on Spotif I enjoyed the first part of this book that outlined how many male leaders exhibit problematic qualities that detract from their leadership abilities. I’ve experienced this all too many times so it really resonated. However, I felt the second part of the book lacked any viable solution and all the suggestions seemed pretty off- the author even seems to suggest that more data mined from our online platforms could solve the problem. He even suggests that if one listens to aggressive music on Spotify this could mean they might be an aggressive leader. I would love a better follow up to this book that suggests tangible workplace reforms - going beyond just coaching.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deepak

    While the title seems a little misleading, the crux of the book is that the way leaders are selected / evaluated is incorrect ( maybe it was ok a few decades back ) but now it has to change with the times...EQ is the most important factor and basis the factors important for leadership selection / evaluation, Women are naturally better suited than men...the good point about the book was the fact that the author is able to table the points from both sides and intact even argues against the current While the title seems a little misleading, the crux of the book is that the way leaders are selected / evaluated is incorrect ( maybe it was ok a few decades back ) but now it has to change with the times...EQ is the most important factor and basis the factors important for leadership selection / evaluation, Women are naturally better suited than men...the good point about the book was the fact that the author is able to table the points from both sides and intact even argues against the current fad of having diversity for the sake of it..the bottom line is that we need better leaders and it really doesn't matter whether they are from the same gender, ethnicity etc or not

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. On first glance, this book may appear to be anti-male or disparaging. That is not at all the case. This book instead, is enlightening about what is required for leadership and why we have so often put those who are unqualified there - particularly men. The study, stats as well as practical advice for better leadership hiring and practices make this a great read. I recommend to anyone who is involved in the leadership world.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? I was apprehensive going into this book, thinking the title was just to get people to pick it up, plus it was written by a man which made me even more skeptical. But I was pleasantly surprised; Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic did a great job of explaining leadership, what makes a good leader, how people become leaders, etc. This book has a lot of research behind it and lots of studies to defend the positions given. I liked that it started with a discussion Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? I was apprehensive going into this book, thinking the title was just to get people to pick it up, plus it was written by a man which made me even more skeptical. But I was pleasantly surprised; Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic did a great job of explaining leadership, what makes a good leader, how people become leaders, etc. This book has a lot of research behind it and lots of studies to defend the positions given. I liked that it started with a discussion of confidence vs. competence and how confidence is rewarded when competence should be what is rewarded. (I found it funny that a study in 2018, showed that of surveyed people 79% of men and 68% of women “considered themselves better –than-average drivers.”) It goes on to discusses many more topics, including: narcissism and psychopathy, EQ, charisma, intuition, ambition, coaching, and nature vs. nurture (“If we want an animal to climb a tree, we are better off finding a squirrel than training a fish.”). I appreciated that the end goal was not just “hire more women,” but instead “hire the right leaders.” A short, quick read, but very informative and powerful. Highly recommended to anyone who is a leader, wants to be a leader, knows a leader or anyone really.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate Schiffman

    In Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a follow up to a Harvard Business Review article by the same name explores the idea of gender and leadership. Many men becoming leaders because of traits that do not always lead to the success of the organization. Chamorro-Premuzic explores why we focus on the wrong personality traits when choosing leaders, and what decision makers might do to find better leaders of all genders in the future. Read the rest of my review In Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a follow up to a Harvard Business Review article by the same name explores the idea of gender and leadership. Many men becoming leaders because of traits that do not always lead to the success of the organization. Chamorro-Premuzic explores why we focus on the wrong personality traits when choosing leaders, and what decision makers might do to find better leaders of all genders in the future. Read the rest of my review and discussion guide - https://bythecoverreview.com/2019/05/...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    My main take away fro this book is the idea that organizations should look for the best characteristics of leadership rather than just increasing the number of women in leadership positions. By doing this we can avoid incompetent leaders from both gender not just from men. This book is easy to read and full of insights in leadership. The title of the book is catchy while the content live up to it. Personally, I find the witty approach of the author amusing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book generated from an HBR article and I think it would have been fine to stay that way. I had a few revelations within the first four chapters and after that it felt like all other leadership books I've read recently. The main point: instead of telling women to "lean in" or "act like men" we should change our standard of leadership. Save yourself. https://hbr.org/2013/08/why-do-so-man... I'm feeling cynical today so I'll stop there.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vero Antillano

    Not to be fooled by the title, it is not entirely a feminist or gender-biased book, it simply questions the methods organizations have set today for finding, engaging, and promoting talent in the workplace and how it is not always aligned with an organization's best interest, how it can be fooled by astute incompetent individuals.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    I am lucky enough to know some truly wonderful male leaders, however as this book details - there are a great many incompetent male leaders out there in boardrooms and businesses worldwide and unless we make changes in the way we identify, develop and manage our leaders, this won’t change. This book is fascinating and well-constructed, with messages that I think we all need to hear.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Coral Rose

    If you are a leader, you should read this. If you've ever counselled a woman to "lean in" or "be direct" or "be a more vocal presence" you should read this. If you want to rethink talent and leadership, read this!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ric Hayman

    Makes the excellent point that if we ignore what we think makes a great leader (narcissism, confidence, etc.) and use the data about what really makes a great leader (read the book!), then more women will make it into leadership positions …

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maryanne

    Very clickbait title, really great book. This is one of the few management books I’ve read where I actually read very page rather than the first paragraph of a section and skimmed the rest.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It’s unfortunate but not surprising that Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s ‘Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?’ rings true for me. We need to look no further than the White House and the Supreme Court for examples of incompetent and/or unqualified men reaching the highest levels of leadership. The book does a good job of exposing some of the dynamics at play in the workplace today (but I do wish Chamorro-Premuzic would provide more ideas around ways to weed-out incompetent men before they ac It’s unfortunate but not surprising that Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s ‘Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?’ rings true for me. We need to look no further than the White House and the Supreme Court for examples of incompetent and/or unqualified men reaching the highest levels of leadership. The book does a good job of exposing some of the dynamics at play in the workplace today (but I do wish Chamorro-Premuzic would provide more ideas around ways to weed-out incompetent men before they actually become senior leaders).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Simon James Vobes

  18. 5 out of 5

    Riste Mojsovski

  19. 5 out of 5

    Luis Cascante

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maysoon El-ahmad

  21. 5 out of 5

    Renee Kida

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Bucaciuc

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    PeterBlackCoach

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Frances Burrage

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Gitz

  30. 4 out of 5

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