The Dark Side of Leading Change

Leadership has been described as a seduction. A counterbalance to this seduction is more open acknowledgement and discussion about the dark side of leading change. I highlight how academics encouraged coercive persuasion, manipulation and aggression in the development of leadership. Rather than practices to be avoided, these developments were seen as beneficial even integral to what was being prescribed.

Leading changes: Why transformation explanations fail

Abstract Professor John Kotter (1995) claimed in Leading change: Why transformation efforts fail to have identified eight leadership errors which resulted in transformation failures.  He followed this up in 1996 with his best-selling book Leading Change, prescribing an eight step model for leading transformations encouraging change leaders to create a sense of urgency, build powerful …