9780804758284

Transforming Toxic Leaders

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804758284

  • ISBN10:

    080475828X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-24
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Summary

Unlike other books written on "toxic leaders," this book takes issue with the predominant view that "toxic leaders are bad" and destructive to their companies. Rather, the author argues that even highly productive leaders have some toxic qualities central to their success story. The book redirects the conversation about toxicity in a more productive direction, as toxic leaders are not just viewed as villains and liabilities, but are also considered as potential assets, innovators, and rebels. Working on the premise that "toxicity is a fact of company life," the book provides organizations with a model and blueprint on the advantages to be gained from skillful anticipation, control, and handling of troubled and difficult leaders. In contrast to dysfunctional organizations that ignore toxicity or dwell on the perceived destructive impact of toxic leaders, successful companies come up with resourceful, innovative strategies for turning seeming deficits into opportunities.

Author Biography

Alan Goldman is Professor of Management at Arizona State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles. In 2005, he received the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management for his research on toxic leadership.

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