Why Managers Want to Become Leaders and Why They Largely Fail: One of the Greatest Intellectual Confusions of Our Times

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Everyone wants to be a leader these days, or, at least, a self-leader. “Leader” sounds majestic and ambitious. A “leader” is someone who should be admired, adored, and almost deified. Managers particularly want to be leaders. Top-level managers believe that they are leaders, by definition. However, in most cases, these claims to leadership look clumsy, at best, and ridiculous, at worst. Furthermore, nearly everyone sees this clumsiness and ridiculousness without discussing it openly. Or rather, due to social etiquette and prevailing political correctness, unconvincing contenders for the status of a leader are most often discussed behind their backs. Why does…...

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Olegs Jemeljanovs, PhD, CFA A seasoned professional in the field of financial markets, investments and economic analysis with the crucial mix of private and public sector experience (large international lenders, private boutique banks, ministry of finance, central bank, financial regulator). Able to cover macroeconomic and microeconomic trends, short-term market moves and long-term economic cycles, the role of biology and psychology in finance. Have held both front-office, sales and analytical positions. If you want complex economic, financial, political, historical, sociological and psychological concepts to be explained in a simple and accessible way then you have certainly found the right website. If your consider the sense of humor to be important then you have definitely found the right man.