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The allure of toxic leaders : why we follow destructive bosses and corrupt politicians--and how we can survive them / Jean Lipman-Blumen.

Author/creator Lipman-Blumen, Jean
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoOxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Descriptionxii, 303 pages ; 25 cm
Contents pt. I. The big picture -- 1. Toxic leaders : they're plentiful -- pt. II. Leaders, leaders, why do we all want leaders? -- 2. Within ourselves : psychological needs that make us seek leaders -- 3. Deeper within ourselves : angst and illusions about life, death, and immortality -- 4. A world of uncertainties and change ; a world of certainties and stability -- 5. Leadership in crisis : the dangers of creating God -- 6. An unfinished and unfinishable world : self-esteem, the achievement ethic, and the call to heroism -- pt. III. How we create willing followers and toxic leaders -- 7. Rationalizations and control myths : keeping toxic leaders in power -- 8. Pushing nontoxic leaders over the line -- 9. The odd couple : the media and boards of directors -- pt. IV. Liberating ourselves from the allure of toxic leaders -- 10. Is there any silver lining? Can any good come from tolerating a toxic leader? -- 11. What are our choices? How can we deal with toxic leaders? -- 12. Detecting the early signs of toxicity in noble visions and leaders -- 13. Freeing ourselves from toxic leaders : nurturing reluctant leaders and finding the leader within.
Review "Toxic leaders - such as Ken Lay at Enron or Al Dunlap ("Chainsaw Al") at Sunbeam, or Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia - have always been with us, and many books explain what makes them tick. But in The Allure of Toxic Leaders, Jean Lipman-Blumen explains what makes followers tick, exploring why we tolerate - and remain steadfastly loyal to - leaders who are destructive to their organizations, their employees, their nations, and their constituents."--Jacket.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 277-287) and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Lipman-Blumen, Jean. Allure of toxic leaders. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
LCCN 2004012520
ISBN0195166345 (alk. paper)
ISBN9780195166347 (alk. paper)
ISBN0195312007 (pbk.)
ISBN9780195312003 (pbk.)

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Joyner General Stacks HM1261 .L56 2005 ✔ Available Place Hold