Daily: Why strongmen fail the leadership test

If we’re living in an era of strongmen, why are so many (male) leaders failing us all over the world? How do our ideas of leadership need to change? Dr Pippa Malmgren, co-author with Chris Lewis of The Infinite Leader and former economic advisor to President George W Bush, tells Alex Andreou why leaders need to lead differently – why we have to stop rewarding psychopaths – and what we can all learn from Donald Trump. 

  • “We’re seeing leadership failures in every category of the economy. Leaders are failing us everywhere.”
  • “We’re training people to exercise psychopathic leadership, not empathetic leadership.”
  • “You might see better leadership skills from a single parent than from the CEO of a major company.” 
  • “The media want certainty – but the public is very tolerant of leaders who say ‘We don’t know – let’s try and find out.’” 
  • “Trump’s delivery is provocative and obnoxious – but he’s very good at creating an emotional response, and emotions move the audience.” 
  • “Some leaders are all about ME and some are all about WE. And we need more WE.” 

Presented by Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production


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