ISBN 9788126536603,The Cult of the Leader: A Manifesto for More Authentic Business

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


Bpi Publishers



Bpi Publishers

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9788126536603

ISBN-10 8126536608


Number of Pages 296 Pages
Language (English)


Everyone talks about leadership, but its real meaning is becoming more and more obscure. Today we define leaders in terms of how they seem, not their judgment and what they're able to do. The result has been the failure of leadership at a time when the world needs all the good leaders we can find. We now face choices that will define the fate of generations to come and need urgently to rethink the role of leadership in order to do this.

In The Cult of the Leader Chris Bones argues that in order to rebuild trust and confidence, we need to redefine talent, revalue experience and reconsider remuneration. Only by doing this, will be come to a realistic appreciation of what leaders can and can't do. This is a groundbreaking and highly provocative book.

Table of Contents
Introduction: The Gods that Failed
Part One: The Diagnosis
1. Practically perfect in every way: The making of the modern leader
2. Because we're worth it: The rise of the L'Oreal generation
3. Why didn't we see it coming? The loss of liability, stewardship and owner control
4. The public gets what the public wants: Values, confidence, trust and reputation in leadership
Part Two: The Solutions
5. The manifesto for a more authentic business
6. Diamonds on the soles of your shoes: The real war for talent
7. Moving from warm gestures to cold showers: A reframing of executive reward
8. Less is more: The future of leadership and its development in organizations
Conclusion: The importance of being earnest. The price of the cult and the value of leadership