Barbara Kellerman

Great leadership is the result of great fit — between the person and the moment.

Barbara Kellerman

The leadership industry, which encompasses countless courses, seminars, workshops, programs, experts, instructors, coaches, and consultants, should be playing a larger role in combating bad leadership. But to do that, it would have to be less fixated on developing good leaders, and more focused on how to stop or at least slow bad ones. Such a shift in focus is worth the effort, especially because there … [ Read more ]

Mad about Leadership

James O’Toole, author of more than a dozen leadership and management books, and coeditor of Good Business: Exercising Effective and Ethical Leadership, introduces an excerpt from The End of Leadership, by Barbara Kellerman, that takes the leadership industry to task.

Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters

“How,” asks Kellerman, “will we ever stop what we refuse to see and study?” Research director of the Center for Public Leadership and lecturer in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Kellerman focuses in opening chapters on the nature of leadership, the rise of a “leadership industry,” the complicit role of followers, the definition of bad leadership and reasons for its occurrence. … [ Read more ]