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The "Faces" of Leadership - Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders

The "Faces" of Leadership - Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders

What is your understanding of a Leader? What is your understanding of Leadership?

The "Faces" of Leadership takes a deep dive into the world of leadership incompetence. Extant research shows that women are better leaders then men begging the question, "why do so many incompetent men become leaders?"

Dr. Kim W Petersen

September 29, 2023

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  2. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic,
    Organizational Psychologist
    • Uses Science and Technology
    to Predict and Understand
    Human Behavior at the
    • Understanding Relationships
    Between Gender Personality
    and Leadership
    • How Gender Personalities
    Shape our Choices of
    Leaders, and How Those
    Leaders Impact Organizations

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  3. Women outperform men in measures of leadership:
    • self-awareness,
    • humility, emotional intelligence, agreeableness,
    • coach-ability, connecting with others,
    • mentoring others, managing others, and KPIs like revenues
    and profits

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  4. What Can Competent Women Do to Get Promoted?
    The solution to improving the quality of our leaders is not to make it easier for
    incompetent women to become leaders but to make it harder for incompetent
    men, make it harder for incompetent men to become leaders so that we
    actually reward people for the potential and talent they have as opposed to
    teaching them to emulate some pseudo-Machiavellian, manipulative strategies
    that won't elevate the quality of leadership

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  5. If you're a manager and you want to combat this problem?
    There are some simple, basic rules that everybody can apply, fundamentally:
    • You need to have the humility to distrust your instincts. Distrust your instincts
    • Develop an individual, direct connection with others.
    • Pay attention to what they're doing.
    • Use others as a validation point to evaluate people's performance, and use data,
    assessments, evidence to make decisions as opposed to just follow your gut
    • Use data and evidence to make decisions

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  6. Top Ten Leadership Competencies

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  7. Question?
    What is your understanding of a Leader?
    What is your understanding of

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  8. Leader, as a Role / Leadership, as a Behavior

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  9. Leadership-as-a-Role: Competence
    “Instead of falling for
    charismatic, and
    narcissistic people,
    we should promote
    people into leadership
    because of their
    competence, humility,
    and integrity.”

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  10. • The ineptest individuals will make the least accurate evaluations of their
    talents, grossly overestimating where they stack up against their peers.
    • Expertise increases self-knowledge, which includes awareness of one’s
    Leadership-as-a-Behavior: “Confidence vs. Competence” Implications
    • Meanwhile, the most competent people will exhibit much self-criticism and
    self-doubt, especially relative to their expertise.
    • The implications of these findings are clear: the more you know, the more
    aware you are of what you know and what you don’t.
    • Conversely, the less you know, the less aware you are of your limitations and
    the more overconfident you will be.

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  14. Thank You!

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  15. Feedback?
    What is your understanding of a Leader?
    What is your understanding of

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  16. Appendix

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  19. I. Our Inability to Distinguish Between Confidence and Competence
    II. Our Love for Charismatic Leaders. Most Leaders are Charming and
    III. Our Inability to Resist the Lure of Narcissist Individuals

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  21. • Global employee vital signs: 79 percent of employees are not engaged at work.
    State of the Global Workplace 2022
    • When leaders take responsibility for the wellbeing of their workers, the result is
    not only productive organizations, but thriving individuals, families and

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