Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2015, 332 pages
Keywords: Human Resources
There are around 60-80,000 books on leadership in the English language and most are on the bright side. 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 behaviour, including:
This book is fascinating reading for anyone who has worked alongside a corporate psychopath, business narcissist or histrionic show-off. It covers many practical issues to explain how to better understand, manage and prevent dark side behaviour, as well as presenting advice for reducing derailment potential for yourself, your colleagues and your organization. Most importantly, this book makes recommendations for avoiding appointing leaders who fail.
A good HR book about different personality types in management. Very theoretical in outlook and does in no way live up to its subtitle.
It is probably standard reading in an MBA course somewhere, but it fails to keep your interest otherwise, even though it is not a bad book.
In short, if this is your area of interest, please read it, but otherwise you may skip it.