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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

How to identify a bad leader and make them improve

Is our boss incompetent? Are our politicians incapable? In Why do so many incompetent men become leaders?, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic analyzes the traits that drive so many incompetent men to the top to explain why this is not just an opinion. The solution? To promote more women leaders by changing our selection criteria. If we focus on the qualities that characterize a good leader, without being blinded by personal charisma, we will achieve more equality and improve the quality of our leadership.

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?
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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand why women are often discriminated against in the allocation of leadership positions.
  • Analyze the processes that result in the selection of inept people for leadership roles.
  • Assess the changes needed to ensure a leadership class that is more inclusive of women, as well as more competent and effective.

The author of the book:

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an expert in talent management, leadership development and people analytics. He has published 10 books and over 150 articles, and is one of the most productive authors in social sciences. His work has been awarded by organizations such as the American Psychological Association. In the last 20 years he has worked with financial (JP Morgan, HSBC), media (BBC, Twitter) and fashion companies (LVMH, Valentino).


Why so many incompetent leaders are men

It is no secret that many people do not regard their leaders highly. We see our executives as incompetent and our politicians incapable. Another visible phenomenon is gender inequality in leadership positions. Although women represent 44% of the workforce, the higher up the hierarchy we go, the more we face inequality: only 6% of women are CEOs.

What if there were a relationship between these two phenomena? If more women were leaders, would the quality of leadership improve? To answer these questions, we have to analyze the causes of both phenomena. We have to understand why the leaders we elect are increasingly more inept in carrying out their role and why there are so few women who reach these positions. Our goal should be to increase the percentage of women leaders as well as improve our managers. It is time to deal with these two problems, using a solution based on a new point of view.


The key ideas of "Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?"

Why so many incompetent leaders are men
Why we often find people who appear confident to be competent
How inept people get to the top
The two psychological traits of a bad leader
Why choosing more women leaders is the best way to go
The traits of a good leader
How to become a better leader
Why we have to learn not to trust our instincts
Take-home message

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