June 16, 2019

How Deep is the Male Bias Against Women as Leaders?

Kevin Roberts, Executive Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, resigned after claiming that women in the advertising industry lacked ambition and were not held back by sexisim. It is to the firm’s credit that Robert Senior, worldwide CEO, quickly released a statement distancing the firm from Roberts’s views, saying: ‘Saatchi & Saatchi is, and has always […]

Adultery, Ethics and Creativity

The frequent, ongoing and high-profile cases of unethical behaviour in the world of business are of considerable concern to organisations and their stakeholders. Consider the $5 billion fine of Barclays, Citibank and others in 2015 for currency manipulation. Or last year’s revelation of Volkswagen’s falsification of emission tests. And what of the corruption among the […]

Are your leadership traits affected by your goals?

Much of the trait theory of leadership would hold that our traits are relatively stable: attributes with which we are born. However, interesting research by McCabe and Fleeson (2016) gives us pause for thought. In three different studies, they found that levels of traits manifested (in this case extraversion and conscientiousness) were dependent upon the […]

Apple and the ethics of leadership

Is the ongoing controversy between Apple and America’s FBI a classic example of an ethical dilemma in business? In brief, the FBI has asked Apple to develop a process to unlock the security code of an iPhone belonging to a terrorist who, along with his wife, was responsible for the deaths of 14 Californians last year. Apple […]

Are smarter people better leaders?

Embed from Getty Images Alex Greer, a US freelance writer, has posted a fascinating article comparing US presidents’ IQs with their relative levels of success in presidency. An IQ of 100 is said to be average while only 5% of the population will have an IQ of 125 or higher. A California academic, Dean Simonton1, […]

Do you have the face of a leader? Research correlates CEOs’ facial appearance with financial performance

Attempts to identify and predict human behaviours based on physical traits have been made since at least the eighteenth century. The pseudoscience of phrenology developed charts that supposedly assessed intelligence and certain personality characteristics from the shape of the skull. Upon his death, Einstein’s brain was to suffer the ignominious fate of being sliced up […]

Maybe leaders really are born

The classic ‘nature v nurture’ argument in psychology has played itself out in leadership theory with the development of opposing viewpoints: trait theory v behaviour theory. Trait theory maintains that leadership is an inherent characteristic. Leaders are born. Behaviour theory counters that leadership is really a matter of employing effective behaviours and that, given the […]

Are we all just chasing rainbows?

At a recent conference I attended in the USA, a speaker told us about the four ‘must happens’ for success in the world in business over the next few years: entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and corporate social responsibility (CSR). How many times have we heard this? And for how many years have academics been researching and […]