Can You Predict Leadership Failures?
August 17, 2010
Every once in a while, executives who should know better do stupid things. They seem to have it all, but they act like they want to lose it all. Which begs the question: Where in the psychology of the individual does corruption reside? What goes on in the mind of the unethical executive?
Lately, I’ve been asked this a lot. As a management psychologist, one of the things I do is assess businesspeople for senior positions, observing their personality quirks, probing the root causes of their behaviors, and offering my perspective on their fit for a leadership role. I can tell you that there are plenty of reasons why people go astray, some of which are more easily detected early on than others.
Here’s what to look for in potential executive candidates: