The idea of leadership failure and derailment has been brushed under the carpet for far too long, and only now are statistics appearing on the sheer numbers who fail. Backstabbers and Bullies provides the latest psychiatric and clinical perspectives on dark-side behavior, including: recognizing and coping with overconfident, narcissistic, and psychopathic leaders; causes of leadership derailment and failure; corrupt corporate cultures; and the criminal personality.
Fascinating listening for anyone who has worked alongside a corporate psychopath, business narcissist, or histrionic show-off, Backstabbers and Bullies goes beyond the science to explain how to better understand, manage, and prevent dark-side behavior and presents advice for reducing derailment potential for yourself, your colleagues, and your organization.
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The summary intrigued me but it is also misleading. "How to cope with ..." implies a practical guide but this is not the case at all. Be aware that the writing style is very academic. The narrator doesn't really have much to work with but doesn't really add anything to the material either. I thought the first chapter was a summary of the rest of the book, but the same academic writing continues throughout. I'm not opposed to academic writing per sé, but was annoyed at how the author quotes others when it doesn't really add anything to the narrative at all except to increase the reference list. The book also contains a lot of tables which is not really attractive to listen to. Not one to recommend unless this is really your cup of tea.