Episode 23: Jeff Pfeffer – Leadership BS

Episode 23: Jeff Pfeffer – Leadership BS

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Is it possible for leaders to be authentic? Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, doesn’t think so. And he is a person who speaks his mind, as evidenced by the title of his latest book: Leadership BS. On this episode, Jeff and I discuss (and debate) whether leadership development works, whether lying is a useful leadership trait, and whether the goals of the individual employee, the goals of the leader, and the goals of the shareholders could ever be in balance, or if everyone would always be at odds with one another.

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Website: JeffreyPfeffer.com
Book: Leadership BS
Bio: Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of 15 books and more than 150 articles and book chapters. Pfeffer has presented seminars in 38 countries throughout the world.


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  • Pradip Shroff May 26, 2016 Reply

    One way to achieve alignment of what is good for the company and what is good for individual is to tell upfront that ‘It is the customer who pays your salary and bonus. Management is only processing payroll’. A good executive coach can help bring alignment.

    • Michael Pieri May 26, 2016 Reply

      Not sure what processing payroll has with alignment in your comments… that degrades EEs to a “resource” level. I have found greater gains in alignment by engaging EEs at a “investor” level. I would not work for you.

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