ISBN 9788126536597,Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders

Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders


Jeffrey Cohn



Wiley Business Books

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9788126536597

ISBN-10 8126536594


Number of Pages 288 Pages
Language (English)


Most people don't understand what it takes to get ahead. They don't understand what leadership means or how their organizations make leadership decisions. As a result, they feel lost. A sense of frustration creeps into their careers, communities and personal ambitions. This new book from two of the top names in leadership and succession planning will help those who struggle with understanding "leadership." Through Cohn & Moran's unique expert perspective, original and comprehensive leadership framework, and entertaining approach, readers will gain the ultimate insider access into what organizations (and headhunters) really look for, and how they evaluate it.
Based on the authors' decades of experience working with CEOs, Fortune 500 board members and other top organizational leaders, as well as extensive academic study and field training at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and INSEAD, Why Are We Bad At Picking Good Leaders? offers a unique, comprehensive framework, which lays out eight key attributes in which all great leaders must demonstrate strength: integrity, empathy, emotional intelligence, passion, judgment; courage, and vision. While many top managers and aspiring executives excel in one or several of these areas, great, lasting leaders have an integrated approach to all. Why Are We Bad At Picking Good Leaders? incorporates exciting, first-hand stories taken from the real leadership challenges of some of today's most recognizable names: people like Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, Bono's RED campaign, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Hollywood director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and dozens more. Their stories bring the attributes to life and will help readers understand what words like "empathy" or "authenticity" or "passion" mean in the context of effective leadership. These stories are original accounts gathered by the authors especially for this book.
The overall result is an entertaining read that explains leadership in a fresh and original way, one that offers the unique, insider access to closed conference rooms in top corporations; the thoughtful knowledge of the world's top academics and thought leaders, and the entertining stories of celebrities from all areas of business, sports, and entertainment. This is a comprehensive look, at how to find, create, and regonize great leaders, where all essential attributes of great leaders are explained in one book.
1. Integrity
2. Empathy
3. Emotional Intelligence
4. Vision
5. Judgment
6. Courage
7. Passion
8. A Better Way to Choose Leaders
Appendix A: Commonly Used (and Misused) Leadership Terms
Appendix B: The DNA of Leadership Competencies
About the Authors
About the Authors: Jeffrey Cohn, Jay Moran

Jeffrey Cohn (New York, NY) is an advisor to CEOs and Boards around the world; a public speaker; and an expert in succession planning, assessment and leadership development. He is currently based in the New York office of Spencer Stuart, a top executive search firm, where he has worked with a variety of organizations, including numerous Fortune 500 clients, private equity portfolio companies, universities and non-profits. Jeff also has designed and launched numerous customized executive development workshops for clients and for the CEO Leadership Institute, now part of Yale University. Cohn was previously a Research Fellow at the Harvard Business School; the Director of Research at Chief Executive Leadership Institute (Yale); and a Director at the Law & Economics Consulting Group. Cohn has published widely in the areas of leadership development, succession planning and strategic management, including articles in Harvard Business Review, Economist Intelligence Unit, The CEO Refresher, and the Balanced Scorecard Report. He also has been quoted in Business Week, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and Workforce Management. Jeff graduated with a B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. in applied corporate finance from Tulane University.
Jay Moran (Barcelona, Spain) is a leading succession planning expert, an executive coach, and a professor of leadership and international business at IES Barcelona and Saint Louis University. Moran was formally at the CEO Leadership Institute at Yale where he helped launch multiple CEO conferences and workshops for C-Suite executives and Board members on topics including innovation, leadership assessment, talent management, corporate culture and succession planning. Earlier in Moran's career, he was a corporate transactions lawyer at King & Spalding and a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Moran earned a law degree and MBA from Emory University and a two-year MPA from Harvard University, where the focus of his study was leadership. He has published work in a variety of academic and literary journals