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CEOs are faking it, Stanford professor says

Posted by Xavier Ashe on July 24, 2005

Your company's chief executive might be
a pretender, and that may be a good thing, according to Stanford
University Professor of Management Science and Engineering Robert
Sutton.

Sutton, the author of a 2001 study of corporate innovation, “Weird
Ideas that Work,” says that a close look at the evidence shows that
chief executive officers (CEOs) probably deserve less credit for their
company's fortunes than they receive, and that the best of them manage
a tough balancing act: secretly aware of their own fallibility, while
also realizing that any sign of indecisiveness could be fatal to their
careers.

The best executives, like Intel's former CEO Andy Grove will admit that
they face a dilemma in needing to appear decisive, while at the same
time being conscious of their limitations. “You have to pretend” Sutton
said. “It's sort of a dilemma, but if you want to accept a leadership
job, you've got to accept the hypocrisy of it.”

In a 2003 interview with the Harvard Business School, Grove admitted
that no business leader has “a real understanding of where we are
heading.”

Read the full article at InfoWorld
Makes me feel better about my chances at business leadership.  I
was told by a wise person once that leader do nothing very well, but
still knows how to get things done by inspiring others.

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