Being The Boss


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An interesting and informative book exploring leadership and the exercise of power in business organizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587982347
  • Publisher: Beard Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Leadership, Power, and Organizational Structures 1
Leadership and Power 1
Is Leadership Divisible? 3
Leadership, Changes in the Economic Environment, and the Exercise of Executive Power 6
Consensus and the Exercise of Executive Power 11
Executive Power and Organizational Structures 12
Chapter 2 Psychological Maturity, Leadership, and Corporate Governance 16
Psychological Maturity 16
Psychological Maturity, Leadership (Decision-Making Style), and the Exercise of Power 19
Relationship to Structural Preferences 20
The Exercise of Executive Power, Motivation, and the Strength of the Management Team 22
Does Authority of Position Affect the CEO's Personality? 26
Chapter 3 Executive Power and the Board of Directors 28
Control in the Modern Public Corporation 28
The Emerging Importance of Institutional Shareholders 30
The Functions of the Board; The Data Required and the Issues Faced 35
The Power of the Board 37
The Importance of Board Committees 38
Are Board Directorships Desirable? 40
Composition of the Board: The Traits Desired 42
Litigation and Directorial Independence 47
Is Long-Run Corporate Health Enhanced by CEO-Board Cooperation? 52
Chapter 4 Executive Power and Labor 54
Is Labor Subservient? 54
Points of Conflict between Executive Power and Labor 56
The Instruments of Executive Power 58
The Instruments of Labor's Power 59
The Emerging Mutuality of Interest 62
Chapter 5 Government Regulation and Executive Power 64
Types of Regulation 64
Regulation, Litigation, and Executive Power 65
Regulation, Litigation, and Outside Directors, Revisited 70
Is Regulation a Deterrent to Misbehavior? 72
Case of the Pharmaceutical Industry 74
Role of the CEO in a Regulated Environment 87
Chapter 6 The Media and Executive Power 89
A Stab at Definition 89
Power of the Media 90
Media's Corporate Culture 91
Collision Points between Media and Other Business Corporations 93
Fickleness of the Media 96
CEO's Relative Weakness 97
Investment Analysts, CEOs, and the Corporate Time Frame 100
Crisis Management, The Media, and the CEO 103
Chapter 7 The Chief Executive and the Corporate Culture 107
Meaning 107
Components of Corporate Culture 110
Corporate Culture and Executive Power 112
Winning Consensus while Transforming Culture 119
Role of the CEO 121
CEO's Personal Responsibility in the Face of Failure 122
Time, Changes in the Environment, and Corporate Culture 124
Chapter 8 Ethics and Executive Power 127
Is Ethical Behavior by Business Important? 127
Should Absolute Moral Standards Determine Ethicality? 129
Is There a Gap between Idealized Ethical Standards and Actual Behavior? 130
Do Corporations and Their CEOs Inherently Tend toward Unethical Behavior? 134
Methods for Encouraging Ethical Behavior 141
Do Business Schools Have a Responsibility? 143
Chapter 9 Egoism, Empire Building, Executive Power, and Estimating Risk 146
Leveraging Frenzy of the 80s 146
Some Data on the Decade 147
Egoism, Leveraging, and Risk 148
Fruehauf, Reliance Electric, and RJR Nabisco Cases 154
Entrepreneurs and Professional Managers: Do They View Risk Differently? 164
Chapter 10 Executive Power and the Expanding Role of Women in Organizations 166
Some Relevant Trends 166
Changes in Law 169
Problems in the Path to the Executive Suite 171
Are There Psychological Barriers Women Face in Seeking and Exercising Executive Power? 178
Women in the Boardroom 183
Compensation Issues 185
Entrepreneurship 190
Chapter 11 Winning and Keeping Executive Power 193
Significant Traits 193
What Preparation, if Any, Is Important? 195
Is Influence Important? 197
What Is the Relative Importance of Entrepreneurial and Managerial Skill? 198
Executive Power and the Executive's "Hold" on His or Her Job 201
Is the View from the Top Worth the Effort of the Climb? 203
Chapter 12 Conclusion 205
Index 213
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