The Cult of the Leader: A Manifesto for More Authentic Business

Overview

Modern business is obsessed with leaders.

Although everyone is talking about leadership, its real meaningis becoming more and more obscure. Today we define leaders in termsof how they seem, not their judgment and what they are able todo.

The result has been the failure of leadership at a time when weneed all the good leaders we can find. We now face criticaldecisions and urgently need to rethink the role of ...

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The Cult of the Leader: A Manifesto for More Authentic Business

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Overview

Modern business is obsessed with leaders.

Although everyone is talking about leadership, its real meaningis becoming more and more obscure. Today we define leaders in termsof how they seem, not their judgment and what they are able todo.

The result has been the failure of leadership at a time when weneed all the good leaders we can find. We now face criticaldecisions and urgently need to rethink the role of leadership inorder to make these choices well.

In The Cult of the Leader Chris Bones argues that inorder to rebuild trust and confidence, we need to redefine talent,revalue experience and reconsider remuneration. Only by doing this,will we come to a realistic appreciation of what leaders can andcan’t do.

This is a groundbreaking and highly provocative book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470666043
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Bones is Professor of Creativity and Leadershipat Manchester Business School. He is also Dean Emeritus of HenleyBusiness School. In the course of his 22 year career in business,he has worked at companies including Cadbury Schweppes, Shell andDiageo. He is also a highly-regarded public commentator onleadership, management and HR.

He is the author of one previous book The Self-ReliantManager.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: The Gods that Failed 1

Part One: The Diagnosis 13

1. Practically perfect in every way: The making of the modernleader 15

2. Because we're worth it: The rise of the L'Oreal generation44

3. Why didn't we see it coming? The loss of liability,stewardship and owner control 67

4. The public gets what the public wants: Values, confidence,trust and reputation in leadership 98

Part Two: The Solutions 125

5. The manifesto for a more authentic business 127

6. Diamonds on the soles of your shoes: The real war for talent136

7. Moving from warm gestures to cold showers: A reframing ofexecutive reward 166

8. Less is more: The future of leadership and its development inorganizations 202

Conclusion: The importance of being earnest. The price of thecult and the value of leadership 229

Index 256

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