Lessons on Leadership by Terror: Finding Shaka Zulu in the Attic (New Horizons in Leadership Studies Series New edition)

Lessons on Leadership by Terror: Finding Shaka Zulu in the Attic (New Horizons in Leadership Studies Series New edition)

By: Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries (author)Paperback

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What makes despotic leaders tick? How do they become despots? On a lesser (but far more common) scale: why are some people ruthlessly abrasive in the workplace? Why do some business leaders appear to lose their sense of humanity? How and why do they create a culture of fear, uncertainty and doubt in their companies? "Lessons on Leadership by Terror" attempts to discover what happens to people when they acquire power, and whether the abuse of power is inevitable. Manfred Kets de Vries examines the life of the nineteenth-century Zulu king Shaka Zulu in order to help us understand the psychology of power and terror. During his short reign, Shaka Zulu established one of the most successful regimes based on terror that has ever existed, from which the traits of despotic leaders are illustrated. Shaka's life history is a study in the psychology of terror, and he can be a proxy for the behavior of any despot, be it from antiquity or modern times. From his leadership behavior fifteen cautionary lessons are derived, offering valuable principles for contemporary leaders. The book also explores the characteristics of totalitarian states, and discusses what can be done to prevent despotic leaders from coming to the fore. Clear parallels are drawn between Shaka's behavior and that of other, more contemporary, leaders including Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein.

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Product Details

  • publication date: 27/07/2005
  • ISBN13: 9781845423681
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781845423681
  • ISBN10: 1845423682
  • edition: New edition

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