Dealing with the shadow side of leadership


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Senior executives need exceptional drive and interpersonal skills to push themselves and others to succeed. But under pressure, these qualities can go into overdrive, and lead to catastrophe.

So what makes managers act out the darker side of their leadership? How can professionals identify and challenge self-defeating behaviours to ensure that leadership shadows or ‘gremlins’ are disciplined?

There are steps that leaders can take to minimise the risks resulting from the dark side of leadership. One of the most surprising yet powerful resources that executives can muster in overcoming their ‘overdrive’, comes from the people that they are having most difficulty with.

Their most troubling frustrations and irritations can become their most helpful resources in moving beyond patterns of derailment or overdrive.

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