Dr. M. E, Douglas
February 20, 2012
Article Summary: Bad Leadership
By Barbara Kellerman
In this article, the author talks about the bad leadership, which is a result of leaders behaving poorly because of who they are and what they want, and then acting in ways that do harm (Barbara, 2004). And there are seven types of bad leadership: incompetent, rigid, intemperate, callous, corrupt, insular, and evil (Barbara, 2004). In her point of view, leaders and followers cannot be separated, there cannot be good leadership without good followers, or, conversely, bad leadership without bad followers (Barbara, 2004). At the end of the article, Barbara talks about how bad leaders and followers can improve. Leaders and followers will change only when they decide that it is in their best interest to do so.
Compared with Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of all time, Bad Leadership talks more about how bad leaders perform in the work with bad followers. There are two fundamental categories of bad leadership exist: ineffective and unethical. Ineffective leaders are those leaders who use inappropriate means rather than the ends they pursue (Barbara, 2004). Unethical leaders are those leaders who fail to distinguish right and wrong, for example, they fail to put employees’ needs first and they do not exercise leadership in the interest of the common good (Barbara, 2004). Some other prevalent types of leadership also show that characters of bad leaders, such as, lack of will and skill, inflexible, lack self-control, lie, steal, and even use pain as an instrument of power (Barbara, 2004).
In Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of all time, the author talks more about how a servant leader behave in the work just like Jesus: spend time in solitude, spend time on prayer, spend time in scripture, trust and demonstrate God’s...