Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

Why we chose this book

Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, in Leadership BS, author Jeffrey Pffefer sets out to expose the wishful thinking of the leadership industry in order to reduce the gap between ideal and reality.

Our selection
In response to those who call him cynical, Pfeffer describes himself as a realist and urges people to look at the data on leadership, which he says currently paints a dismal picture. In Pffefer’s words: “In a world with too many disengaged, dissatisfied, disaffected employees, and workplaces with too many leaders and aspiring leaders losing their jobs, I feel compelled to make the best case that I can for what’s wrong with leadership and what might be done to change things for the better. By calling BS on so much of what goes on, this book give people a closer, more scientific look at many dimensions of leadership behavior. Most important, it encourages everyone to finally stop accepting sugar-laced but toxic potions as cures.”