Fear and self-loathing at the top

Looking foolish or fearing they are not quite up to the job — leaders are just as vulnerable to fear and anxiety as any other person. What is different, according to research by Roger Jones of the consulting firm Vantage Hill, is the extent of those insecurities. “Leaders’ unconscious personal fears affect their performance, that of their team and that of their company,” he said. “They spark numerous dysfunctional behaviours, including poor decision-making, focusing on survival rather than growth, and failing to act until a situation reaches crisis point.

“This comes on top of more personal bad behaviour such as temper tantrums and refusing to listen to others’ opinions.”

Read more in The Sunday Times

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