Alpha Male Syndrome: Curb the Belligerence, Channel the Brilliance

Alpha Male Syndrome: Curb the Belligerence, Channel the Brilliance

by KateLudeman (Author), EddieErlandson (Author)


The business world swarms with alpha males--powerhouses who take charge, produce astonishing results, and bring enormous value to their organizations. But many alphas also leave a path of destruction in their wake. Competitive, belligerent, and impatient, these hard-charging leaders can run roughshod over colleagues and employees, to the detriment of their careers and the bottom line. In Alpha Male Syndrome, Kate Ludeman and Eddie Erlandson build on their Harvard Business Review article Coaching the Alpha Male --sounding a wake-up call to all alphas and the companies they work for. The authors show alphas how to leverage their unique strengths while confronting their destructive flip side risks. They describe the distinguishing dynamics of the alpha male syndrome and identify four breeds: commanders, executors, strategists, and visionaries. By understanding each type's nuances, alphas can transform themselves into more effective leaders. And those who work with alphas can transform nightmare work groups into collaborative dream teams. Exercises, checklists, and tips enable readers to harness the enormous power of the alpha personality while minimizing the downsides of alpha behavior.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 276
Edition: 1
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Published: 01 Oct 2006

ISBN 10: 1591399130
ISBN 13: 9781591399131

Author Bio
Kate Ludeman, Ph.D, and Eddie Erlandson, MD, are the principals of WorthEthic, an Austin, Texas-based executive coaching firm. Ludeman is a psychologist with extensive media experience and has authored numerous books. Erlandson is a former cardiovascular surgeon and a popular keynote speaker.