Mean Men: The Perversion of America's Self-Made Man

Mean Men: The Perversion of America's Self-Made Man

by Mark Lipton


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Winner of the 2018 Axiom Award for Business Commentary

The troubling psychology behind some of America’s most famous men

Steve Jobs, Dov Charney, Lance Armstrong, Donald Trump. Each one has reached the pinnacle of American success. Is it because they were ambitious visionaries and talented entrepreneurs? Most Americans would say yes to both. But what else do they have in common?

They’re known for being mean.

Though heralded as great leaders, each of these men and many more have also been exposed as toxic, raging, and manipulative. Yet, because America loves a winner, we look past even the most outrageous behavior from our heroes if it generates a gold medal, a windfall IPO, or a political victory. But at what price does our complicity come? And what role does gender play—is meanness at this level reserved for men?

Drawing on author Mark Lipton’s extensive experience as adviser to major corporations, start-ups, government agencies, and not-for-profits, Mean Men synthesizes decades of psychological research to expose what really drives this subset of America’s leaders. As surprising as it is alarming, the book reveals dark truths about a psychological disorder that rules many of our boardrooms, and challenges the status quo with a more effective humanistic approach to leadership.

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ISBN-13: 9780998613000
Publisher: Mark Lipton, Ph.D.
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Mark Lipton is graduate professor of management at The New School in New York City. For over forty years, he has been a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 corporations, think tanks, nonprofits, international NGOs, and start-ups.

His work has inspired his writing for the "Harvard Business Review," "MIT Sloan Management Review," and "Journal of Management Consulting," as well as his books "Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course" and "Mean Men: The Perversion of America's Self-Made Man," winner of a 2018 Axiom Award.

Mark holds a PhD from the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and serves on several boards, including SPRAT Artistic Ensemble, Isabella Geriatric Center, AchieveMission, and the Austen Riggs Center.

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