Failure in Leadership: The Deeper Psychosocial Currents | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Failure in Leadership: The Deeper Psychosocial Currents

Failure in Leadership: The Deeper Psychosocial Currents

Authors

  • Jack D . Wood
  • Han Liu

Published

Debating Bad Leadership: Reasons and Remedies, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2021

Website

http:// https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030650247

Abstract

Our proposition in this chapter is that there are no more bad leaders now than in the past; fundamental human behavior has not changed significantly in millennia; humans are social animals and our psyche is built for group survival; group survival is a primal imperative; therefore leadership rests on archaic, largely unconscious psychosocial shadow phenomena. The degree to which we remain unaware of, or unable to manage, our own personal and collective shadow renders dark (evil) leadership increasingly likely. Moreover, typical cognitive academic educational leadership initiatives fail because they overlook developing the capacity to work psychologically and systemically, that is, an awareness of the overt, objective, rational, as well as the covert, subjective, irrational, sources of leadership within and between individuals, groups, organizations, and nation-states.<br>