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Prevalence, Causes and Consequences

ISBN 9780566092268
Published December 23, 2010 by Routledge
240 Pages

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The 'MisLeadership' of this book's title is a description of the phenomenon the authors have uncovered through their analysis of the validity, or otherwise, of current leadership styles and achievements, in the light of the challenges leaders face, and particularly of the urgent global issues with which business leaders are now confronted. John Rayment and Jonathan Smith examine existing approaches to leadership with a focus on their shortcomings, categorized according to the four main types of misLeadership the authors have identified - Missing, Misguided, Misinformed and Machiavellian leadership. Each of these forms of misleadership has a corollary in one of the four elements of the kind of holistic leadership that the authors advocate - the capacity for effective decision making, the adoption of a global perspective, the move to a new business paradigm to replace the current economic and social one, and commitment to a contemporary mission. From Rayment and Smith's passionately argued, but well reasoned perspective, leaders, the led and those responsible for leadership development will gain an insight into the prevalence and causes of misleadership and into ways in which it can be identified and overcome. A range of examples and case studies is provided to enable the concepts presented here to be related to practice. As well as illustrating instances of 'misleadership' these also demonstrate that the emphasis in relation to the decision making models currently available to leaders may not be the most important stages of the processes involved. The global perspective emphasized by the authors is not just about globality in the geographical sense. An important part of the way forward suggested here involves considering all aspects of humanity - the physical, mental and spiritual strength, stamina and fitness of individuals, groups and societies, in the context of a 'Global Fitness Framework'. All this is presented in a practical and approachable style that enables these authors to introduce a new approach to a key element of management thinking, in a way that will encourage and empower individuals to think on a different scale, challenge assumptions and exercise effective leadership.



John Rayment is a Principal Lecturer in Decision Making and Problem Solving and MBA Programme Leader at the Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and Chelmsford, England. Coming from an accounting background, John moved increasingly toward decision making and problem solving, including writing a successful text 'Mind Morphing - Decision Making using Logic and Magic'. This led him to consider whether mental fitness could be thought of in similar fashion to physical fitness, i.e. in terms of strength, stamina and suppleness, and the role such mental fitness should play in successful leadership, particularly in the solution of urgent global issues (UGIs). John acts as a consultant to a range of private and public sector bodies, leads international postgraduate programmes in leadership and management and facilitates adoption of his ideas by organisations. In April 2008 he organised and led an international conference on Global Leadership. Dr Jonathan Smith, MA, Chartered FCIPD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University. He leads international postgraduate programmes in leadership and facilitates innovative masters level courses in leadership, strategy, organizational change, HRM and research methods. Jon coaches and supports a large number of leaders and HR professionals in the research, design and implementation of best practice initiatives in organisations. Jon has experience in a variety of managerial and training roles, in a number of public and private sector organisations. Prior to working at the University Jon was a Director of Studies for six years at the UK National Police Training and Development Authority, working with the Home Office Forces of England and Wales to shape and drive the training agenda to achieve world-class performance within police training.


'We are in the midst of a leadership crisis that extends to all spheres of society. The lack of trustworthiness amongst leaders has contributed to the erosion of trust amongst the general public. With its fresh thinking and practical wisdom, this book will help arrest the crisis and inspire us to become the leaders we have it within us to be.' Peter S. Heslam, Transforming Business, University of Cambridge, UK 'MisLeadership analyses a widespread phenomenon of today's leadership: leaders solve wrong problems precisely. The authors call for a holistic and globally fitting approach to leadership where ethical and stakeholder considerations play a vital role. The book is a welcome contribution to the transformation of leadership toward a truly human profession.' Laszlo Zsolnai, Professor and Director, Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest 'The authors' trademark is a re-definition of fair-play concerning managerial, corporate, entrepreneurial and integration decisions, both in interior and exterior relations. Their concept of GFF provides a check-list that could serve as a compass for stakeholders and shareholders of any sector likewise to invest into more sustainable than volatile goals. This goes beyond thinking in iterative structures of well-accepted standards.' Uwe Torsten, Director of the Dept of GYN at the Vivantes Hospital Neukoelln, Germany 'Effective leadership is one of the most critical and important factors for our long term survival and wellbeing on this planet. Given the current problems in the world isn't it time for a new "kind" of leadership - one in which progress is actually experienced? One way to look at the current position must surely be that we suffer from MisLeadership and that this MisLeadership is embedded in our system. We need to identify its scope and scale and break out of the embedded cycle. This book is a ground-breaking leader in that journey.' Martin Rutte, Founder & Chair of the Board, The Centre for S